Next $20 for $20 Coin: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Royal Canadian Mint has revealed the next coin in their popular "Exchange $20 for $20" coin program. The design celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The double headed coin features a portrait of The Queen as she is today and as she first appeared on Canadian coinage in 1953. The obverse design is by Mary Gillick and the reverse is by Laurie McGaw. The coins have a … [Read More...]

Mexican Silver Libertad Bullion and Proof Coins

Of all the world bullion coins, arguably the most beautiful is the Mexican Libertad.  Minted since 1982, in the oldest mint in North America, the Casa de Moneda de Mexico (literally the House of Mexican Money, founded in 1535 by the Spanish as a way of minting coins with the gold plundered in conquest) the .999 silver bullion coins first featured  a winged Victory of Mexican Independence on one … [Read More...]

Arrival: The Queen’s Portrait Ultra High Relief Silver Proof

I wanted to share some pictures and impressions of a recent arrival: The Queen's Portrait Ultra High Relief Silver Proof Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. This coin features a new profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and is issued to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Both gold and silver proof versions are available with mintages limited to 500 and 7,500, respectively. I ordered the coin … [Read More...]

Austrian Philharmonic Silver Bullion Coins

The Silver Philharmonic bullion coins have been issued by the Austrian Mint since 2008. The introduction of the series followed the success of the Gold Philharmonic, which had been issued since 1989. The obverse design for the coins features the Great Pipe Organ found in Vienna's Golden Hall with the inscriptions "Republik Osterreich", "1 Unze Feinsilber" (1 ounce pure silver), the date, … [Read More...]

Next Generation for the Canadian Loonie and Toonie

On April 10, 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint announced that they began circulation of their next generation of one-dollar “Common Loon” and two-dollar “Polar Bear” coins, minted at their facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The coins replaced their paper counterparts in 1987 and 1996, respectively, and come on the heels of the announcement that the Canadian government will end production of the … [Read More...]

More New Releases from the Royal Canadian Mint

This post will continue coverage of the new releases from the Royal Canadian Mint. The previous post covered the 2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins in gold, platinum, and silver. The War of 1812 $10 Gold Coin contains one-quarter ounce of .9999 fine gold and is limited to 2,000 coins worldwide. This release joins a silver dollar issued earlier this year to mark the bicentennial of the War of … [Read More...]

2012 Maple Leaf Forever Platinum, Gold, and Silver Coins

Today, the Royal Canadian Mint started regular sales for a number of new products. Since there are many new coins, I will cover them over the next two posts. This post will cover the 2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins. This series was launched last year as a tribute to Canada's iconic emblem. The designs for this year's coin feature an arrangement three maple leaves. The central leaf echoes the leaf … [Read More...]

2012 Wheat Sheaf $10 Gold Proof Coin

The Royal Australian Mint takes an interesting approach to selling one of their low mintage gold proof coins. Since the mintage is presumably smaller than the anticipated demand, they accept ballots from customers and conduct a drawing to determine who can order the coin. I recently received the latest Royal Australian Mint catalog, which includes the 2012 Wheat Sheaf $10 Gold Proof Coin. This … [Read More...]

25th Anniversary Gold and Silver Britannia Sets

Yesterday, the Royal British Mint launched two limited edition sets to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the first proof Gold Britannia coins in 1987. Britannia has appeared on English coins since the seventeenth century and has become an emblem for Great Britain. The release of gold proof Britannia coins in 1987 was followed by silver coins in 1997. Currently, there are annual … [Read More...]

New Releases from the Perth Mint April 2012

The Perth Mint of Australia has a number of new product releases that go on sale today. For collectors in the United States, sales for each product will begin on April 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM ET. At the top of the list is the 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Ten Coin Set. This is the latest in a string of numismatic products released for the coin series, which has been very well received by … [Read More...]