Dome Shaped 2012 Crux Southern Sky $5 Silver Proof Coin

The Royal Australian Mint has released the 2012 Crux Southern Sky $5 Silver Proof Coin. This new release is dome shaped, representing a first for the RAM. The Crux constellation, also known as the "Southern Cross," is one of the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, but one of the most distinctive. It is easily visible in the southern hemisphere night sky at practically any time of year and … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Base Metal Coins

In addition to gold and silver collector coins which usually capture the most attention, the Perth Mint also periodically releases series of base metal coins. Since I have not covered these in the past, I wanted to take a post to highlight two of the most recently released collections. The 2012 Young Collectors Animal Athletes series will contain a total of six different coins. The first … [Read More...]

Arrival: 25th Anniversary Loonie Silver Dollar

I recently received the 25th Anniversary of the Loonie $1 Silver Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. This was one of many new products released earlier this month. I wanted to share the arrival of this coin, since it is much more beautiful in hand than might be expected from the online product images. Refer back to the earlier post for an image of the coin which presents a seemingly uniform … [Read More...]

2012 Libertad 30th Anniversary Silver Set

2012 may have been the year predicted by the Mayans to be the end of the world, and the House of Money (Casa de Moneda), a.k.a. the Mexican Mint, seems to be treating it as such.  First, they shocked collectors by refusing to offer the fractional libertad proof coins that had been minted since 1992.  They offered only the 1 ounce proof coin and only the BU fractionals.  Then, by all accounts, the … [Read More...]

2012 Australian Gold Proof Year Set

The Royal Australian Mint has released an interesting collection of miniature money. The set includes the 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2 coins in the same tiny size, stuck in 99.99% gold to proof quality. The coins have a diameter of 11.15 mm and a weight of 0.5 grams each, which makes the coins "some of the smallest coins ever made" at the RAM. The mintage is limited to 2,000 pieces … [Read More...]

Arrival: Slovakia Master Pavol of Levoča 10 Euro Silver Coin

In a previous post, I had discussed the 2012 Europa Coin Programme, which highlights European Artists. One of the coins that caught my eye was the Master Pavol of Levoča 10 Euro Coin from Slovakia. Master Pavol a medieval carver and sculptor of the 15th and 16th centuries. He was active within the town of Levoča within the Kingdom of Hungary, which is in present day Slovakia. Portions of his … [Read More...]

New Releases from the Royal Canadian Mint – July 2012

The Royal Canadian Mint recently started accepting pre-orders for another batch of new products. Currently, orders may only be placed by members of the Master's Club, with public ordering available starting tomorrow. The 25th anniversary of the Loonie will be celebrated with the issuance of a 99.99% pure silver coin with a design depicting two loons swimming passed the number "25". The … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Melbourne ANDA Coin Show Special

The Perth Mint has opened website sales for the Melbourne ANDA Coin Show Special, which is a yellow colored edition of the 1 oz 2012 Year of the Dragon silver coin. This follows other colored Dragons offered in special packaging for previous coin shows. This coin was released for the Melbourne Coin Show held July 7-8 and available to those attending the show for $90.00. Website sales opened … [Read More...]

New Releases from the Perth Mint July 2012

Many new products went on sale at the Perth Mint today, including a special edition for the Dragons of Legend series, this year's high relief silver proof Kangaroo coin, and new releases within the Australian Antarctic Territory, Deadly and Dangerous, and Wildlife in Need series. These coins can all be found as the most recent entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s … [Read More...]

Austrian Mint “Rome on the Danube” Silver Coin Series

The Austrian Mint recently released the final coin of a six coin series "Rome on the Danube" which highlights Roman settlements located in present day Austria along the River Danube. Each coin of the series generally features the image of a Roman emperor associated with the location on the obverse and an intricately detailed period scene on the reverse. The coins are struck in 90% silver to … [Read More...]