King Arthur Triumphant on New Cook Islands Coin

Fans of Arthurian legend—and fans of richly inventive world coins, as well—have a new collectible series to enjoy. Choice Mint has released the first coin, “King Arthur,” in its new, six-coin “Camelot” series, and it is a beauty. “Camelot” is a joint product of the government and treasury of Cook Islands, Choice Mint, and Coin […]

CoinWeek Selects Three World Coins and One U.S. Coin for Its “Best Coin Designs of 2016”

  On December 12, World Mint News Blog posted the news of the first-round COTY Awards for 2015-dated coins. Today we’d like to share CoinWeek’s top picks for the best coin designs of 2016. Their top-ranking coin is the 2016 Women of France / Queen Mathilde 1-ounce, 200 euro gold coin from Monnaie de Paris […]

North American Release of Silver Krugerrand Delayed Due to Shipment Damage

Last month, Mint News Blog reported that the official North American release date for the South African Mint’s silver Krugerrand coins would be December 5, 2016. Unfortunately, release day was greeted with a press release rather than cases of silver coins. In the release, the mint wrote that its first shipment to the United States “did not travel […]

2017 COTY Award First-Round Voting: Who Will Be the Winners?

Yesterday (December 11), the jurists for the 2017 COTY (Coin of the Year) Award wrapped up their first round of voting. Inaugurated in 1984 by Krause Publications’ World Coin News, the COTY Awards have grown to international prestige. Today the competition is co-sponsored by World Coin News, the annual World Money Fair, and the Journal of East […]

Palau: Distinctive Triggerfish Features on 2017 “Red Sea Marine Life” Silver Coin Series

On December 1, the government and treasury of the Republic of Palau launched their latest coin, which features exotic and unique marine life inhabiting the Red Sea. This is the fifth coin in the series and features the Triggerfish (or Rhinecanthus aculeatus, to use their scientific name). Triggerfish inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world, with over 40 species […]

France: Year 4 of Popular “7 Arts” Series Features New Coins Honoring Actor/Director Jean Gabin

On November 27, the Monnaie de Paris launched their latest coins in the very popular and contemporary series entitled “The 7 Arts,” which encompasses seven media of artistic expression. This set of coins, the fourth in a seven-year series, is dedicated to cinema. In this category the coins feature famed actor and director Jean Gabin […]

Australia: The “Voice of Cricket” Honored on New 50-Cent Coin

On November 24, the Royal Australian Mint released a special collectible coin honoring the “voice of cricket,” Richie Benaud (1930–2015). One of Australia’s greatest all-rounders, Benaud played his last test cricket match in 1964. He held a remarkable playing record as the first test player to score 2000 runs and take 200 wickets, never losing […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—or at Least One of Them

Fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and movies are lined up around the block this holiday season to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The latest installment of the franchise takes place in 1920s America, where British wizard and magical-creature specialist Newt Scamander loses a few of his fantastic beasts. There’s no shortage […]

Mexico: Libertad Mintages Break Numerous Records in 2016

As the calendar year of 2016 comes to an end, Libertad collectors far and wide huddle together for that day of celebration: Libertad mintage release day!  The last year has seen a number of positive trends for Libertad collectors, including the rise of graded bullion Mint State Libertads, the astronomical value (and scarcity) of Proof […]

United Kingdom: “The Griffin,” Second of the Queen’s Beasts Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

On December 9, 2016, the Royal Mint will release the second of 10 coins in the “Queen’s Beasts” series. The first coin was released in March 2016. The original Queen’s Beasts were a series of statues representing the lineage of Queen Elizabeth II. For her coronation in 1953, a temporary annex was built at the […]