Ares, God of War, Inaugurates New Series from Niue Island

In ancient Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses did not create the universe but were created by it. Rather than standing above the natural world, superior to it, they embodied the qualities of the world that created them. Thus we can see that the ancient Greeks used their deities to describe and explain the world as […]

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands: Blue Whale Features on Latest Titanium “Marine Life” Coin

The government and treasury of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have issued three new coins in the ongoing Marine Life series, which features some the most amazing wildlife found in and around the South Atlantic Ocean. The territory issued a similar design featuring the Blue Whale on a 2013 crown coin, which sold out […]

Trans-Australian Railway Honored on the First Coin Struck in 2017

Each New Year’s Day at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra, the first person in line wins the right to strike the mint’s first coin of the year. And thanks to the world’s time zones, that coin is also the year’s first to be struck anywhere in the world. From 2013 through 2016 the honor went to […]

“Year of the Rooster” Silver Medals from Shengyang Mint

About this time last year, we reported on an assortment of panda-themed issues that were slated for 2016. This time around, we’ll be approaching the coins from the perspective of the lunar year—that is, rounding up the best of the Year of the Rooster coins and medals from around the world. Look for that story […]

British Virgin Islands: Distinctive Hummingbird Features on Latest Titanium Coin

On December 12, the government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands issued a new coin within their popular color-tinted titanium coin series. Their latest coin highlights an avian species, the hummingbird, prevalent on the islands and in much of the Caribbean. Hummingbirds are a diverse family of 320 species that can mostly be found […]

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 […]

Canada: 2017 Sesquicentennial Circulating Coin Designs Released

Next year, as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary (“Canada 150,” as it’s popularly called), the Royal Canadian Mint will issue a special series of 2017-dated circulating coins. Each of the denominations ($2, $1, 25 cents, 10 cents, and 5 cents) will bear a reverse design pertaining to one of five themes in a […]

Canada: Revisiting Centennial Reverse Designs With a New Silver 5-ounce “Big Coin” Series

By Michael Alexander On October 4, the Royal Canadian Mint launched a new series of “Big Coins,” in which six 5-ounce pure silver coins will depict some of the most popular and iconic reverse designs associated with the Mint. The new series celebrates the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, […]

A Look at the Perth Mint’s 2017 Gold and Silver Bullion Programs

The Perth Mint has shared information on its upcoming 2017 bullion program. The following issues are presented in the order they will be released, with the first set of 2017 Rooster bullion coins expected to become available on September 12 of this year. Next year will be the Year of the Rooster on the Chinese […]