RCM to Add Laser Etching to Gold Maple Leaf Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint announced that starting in 2013, their flagship one-ounce Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin will include a micro-engraved security feature, following their other uses of recent advances in laser technology on their circulating $1 and $2 coins. The new coins will be shipped throughout the Mint’s network of official bullion distributors in early November 2012 and will soon … [Read More...]

2012 Kookaburra & Kangaroo 1 oz. Silver Colored Coins

The Perth Mint recently began accepting website orders for two coin show specials issued for the Beijing International Coin Exposition. The 1 oz. silver coins feature colored depictions of the Australian Kookaburra and Kangaroo. Each coin features a colored depiction of the iconic Australian animals on the reverse with the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The … [Read More...]

New Releases from the Royal Canadian Mint – November 2012

Today, the Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for three new coins as well as a new subscription series. Two silver coins feature the beaver, one platinum coin features the bald eagle, and the subscription series celebrates Canada's national identity. The beaver became an official symbol of Canada in 1975 and is one of the country's two national animals. A beaver appeared on … [Read More...]

Latvia 2012 “Folk Girl” 5 Lats Silver Coin Released

On November 1, 2012, the Bank of Latvia issued a new 5-Lats silver collector coin to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the central bank and the national currency unit. This also represented the 90th collector coin minted during the years of Latvia's renewed independence. The design for the collector coin is from the original 5-lats silver coin issued in 1929. The design was created by graphic … [Read More...]

New Perth Mint Product Releases November 2012

The Perth Mint has just started accepting orders for a variety of new products. The new releases include both 2012 Year of the Dragon and 2013 Year of the Snake coins, the fourth release in the Dragons of Legend series, the first release of a new series featuring the four seasons, the second release within the Australian birds series, and many others. For collectors in the United States, sales … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Explains “Mintages”

Around mid-month, the Perth Mint announced on their blog the upcoming offering of a 2012 Silver Proof High Relief Four Coin Set, which would contain the high relief one ounce silver proof Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala, and Year of the Dragon Coins with 1,000 sets available worldwide. Each of the four coins within the new set had previously been released separately with an indicated mintage of … [Read More...]

New Zealand Post “The Hobbit” Coins

The New Zealand Post will be issuing gold, silver, and base metal coins featuring characters from The Hobbit films. The upcoming coins celebrate the first film within the trilogy entitled, An Unexpected Journey. The Hobbit coins have received considerable mainstream media attention since their designs were announced earlier this month. The array of products covers a wide range of pricing points … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Christmas Locket and Tasmanian Devil Silver Coins

The Perth Mint has usually released a batch of new products on a single day at the start of the month. Recently, they have separately released two silver coins before the big batch of coins scheduled to go on sale next week. The first coin is the 2012 Christmas Locket 1 oz Silver Proof Coin. The reverse design of the coin by Aleysha Howarth features an abstract design inspired by snow … [Read More...]

Canada 2013 Year of the Snake $20 Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting pre-orders for the 2013 Year of the Snake Fine Silver $20 Coin. This coin features a different design than the previous Year of the Snake coin releases, which can be found in previous posts here and here. At this time, the new coin can only be ordered by Master's Club members, with availability to the general public starting on October 30. The … [Read More...]

Images of 2013 COTY Nominees, Part Two

This post will continue presenting images of some of the nominees for Krause Publications 2013 Coin of the Year Awards. These are for 2011-dated coins across ten different categories, with 100 different nominees from 50 different countries in total. As in part one, these images are for coins where images and information are available via Coin Update. For this second part, I also added scans of … [Read More...]