2012 Europa Coin Programme “European Artists”

The Europa Coin Programme, also referred to as the Europa Silver Star Coin Programme or Eurostar Programme, is an interesting concept that has been running for several years. Member countries of the European Union cooperate to issue coins celebrating common aspects of European identity with a different theme selected for each year. All coins must be at least .900 fine silver, crown size, and … [Read More...]

Results of the Titanic Coin Poll

Before moving on to some new issues, I wanted to revisit the results of the poll where readers were asked to select their favorite from a selection of the 2012 Titanic Commemorative Coins. The poll included five different one ounce (or less) silver coins from various world mints, which had roughly similar pricing points. To keep things on a level playing field, the poll did not include … [Read More...]

Arrival: 2012 Year of the Dragon High Relief Silver Proof Coin

Yesterday, my 2012 Year of the Dragon High Relief Silver Proof Coin arrived from the Perth Mint. These coins went on sale March 2, 2012 and carried a maximum mintage of 7,500 and ordering limit of one per household. The enthusiasm behind this release and overflow of comments were one of the motivations for starting this new blog focused on world coins. At the current time, the coins are no … [Read More...]

Birth or Baby Coins and Sets from World Mints

Since the United States Mint has launched a new "Birth Set" today, I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the birth or baby coins and sets offered by world mints. Whereas the US Mint is a new entrant into this space, other world mints have been producing specially themed legal tender coins or themed packaged sets for years. Royal Australian Mint According to their website, … [Read More...]

2012 Titanic Commemorative Coins from World Mints

The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Various mints around the world have marked the occasion with the issuance of commemorative coins. As opposed to the United States Mint, world mints generally have much greater latitude in deciding which people, places, animals, or events will be commemorated on their coins. Therefore when there is an anniversary for … [Read More...]

2012 Gilded Year of the Dragon Silver Coins

The 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Coin Gilded Edition is once again available for ordering on the Perth Mint's website. This coin originally went on sale October 4, 2011, along with colored versions, the gemstone edition, and the Typeset collection. The gilded edition is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features the Dragon design gilded in 24 karat gold. The coins have a … [Read More...]

No Website Sales for ANDA 2 oz. Colored Silver Dragon Coins

From March 3 to March 4, 2012, the Australian Numismatic Dealer's Association (ANDA) Show was held in Perth. In conjunction with the show, the Perth Mint offered a 2 oz. Colored Silver Year of the Dragon Coin. The special coin show release was limited to 1,000 and offered at the show for $172.00. There were some earlier rumblings that a small number of the ANDA Dragon coins would be … [Read More...]