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...]

Images of 2013 COTY Nominees, Part One

Krause Publications recently announced their selection of the nominees for the 2013 Coin of the Year Awards for 2011-dated coins. With 100 different nominees from 50 different countries, the coins represent a wide variety of topics, designs and styles. The nominees are divided into ten different categories from which a winner for each category will be selected. An overall winner and people's … [Read More...]

2012 Riga Technical University 1 Lats Silver Coin

The Bank of Latvia has recently released a new silver coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the Riga Technical University, which was established in 1862 as the first polytechnical institute in Imperial Russia. It was the first tertiary education establishment in the territory of Latvia and is the oldest technical institute in the Baltic States. The 2012 Riga Technical University 1 Lats Silver … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Responds: Colored 2013 Year of the Snake 1 oz. Silver Coins

Last week's product releases from the Perth Mint included two different colored 2013 Year of the Snake 1 oz. Silver Coins. The first was included in the TypeSet Collection (no longer available), and the second was offered individually as the 1 oz. Silver Coloured Edition (still available). The coin included in the TypeSet Collection featured a green and yellow snake on a specimen quality … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Product Releases Include More 2013 Year of the Snake Coins

The Perth Mint has just started accepting orders for an array of new products. The new releases are dominated by different collector versions of the Australian Lunar Series II Year of the Snake Coins, including the low production Typeset Collection, the high relief version, gilded, colored, and gemstone editions. Other new products include the latest releases within the Bush Babies II and Animal … [Read More...]

Inspirational Australians $1 Coin Series

In 2008, the Royal Australian Mint launched the first coin of the Inspirational Australians coin series. The coins recognize and celebrate individual achievements and commemorate Australians who have made an extraordinary contribution to society. The annual releases have included the following: Mary MacKillop (2008) - The first Australian Saint who founded an order which established schools … [Read More...]

2010-2011 Perth Mint Coins with the Lowest Sales

The Perth Mint recently updated their numismatic sales figures. I have taken a look at these figures in the past, but it is always surprising to see just how low sales can be for some offerings. To highlight and discuss, I compiled a list of the 2011 and 2010-dated coins which have the lowest sales figures. These are shown below along with the indicated maximum mintage. As can be seen, sales … [Read More...]