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...]

30th Anniversary Chinese Panda Coins

Today, March 30, 2012 marks the release of five gold and silver commemorative coins to mark the 30th anniversary of the issuance of the Chinese Gold Panda. The coins feature a common obverse design depicting the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (The Temple of Heaven) and the words "30th Anniversary of the Issuance of the China Panda Gold Coin" in Chinese. Five different reverse designs feature … [Read More...]

Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Wildlife Series of silver bullion coins in 2010. It will feature a total of six different designs released over the course of three years. Besides the appeal of well executed rotating designs, each release of the series is also limited to a mintage of one million pieces. While this would be a high mintage for a numismatic issue, it is a fraction of the … [Read More...]

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...]