The Netherlands: “Lion daalder” reborn in new gold and silver bullion coins

The following is a cross-post from World Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. The Royal Dutch Mint have unveiled their newest silver and gold 1-ounce coins, which are based on one of the world’s most well-known and trusted trade coins of the late 16th century. The famed lion daalder (or leeuwendaalder) was first minted by the Province […]

Hungary: 200th birthday of János Arany commemorated in three metals

(Coin & Currency Institute, Williston, Vermont)—János Arany is called one of the key figures in Hungarian literature and political life. He was a poet, teacher, editor, secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and one of the best-known and most renowned figures in Hungarian literature. The National Bank of Hungary is marking the 200th anniversary […]

Libertad Varieties

One of the joys of Libertad collecting is that even if you have think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. This month a 2015 two-ounce silver Proof Libertad with a “detached wing” designation from NGC sold for $799. You can clearly see the wing looks like it was detached from the winged angel’s body—and of […]

United Kingdom: One valuable £5 note with rare engraving remains to be found

Embed from Getty Images Last September, the Bank of England released a new £5 polymer banknote featuring a portrait of Winston Churchill. Thanks to the efforts of artist Graham Short and gallery owner Tony Huggins-Haig, four of those notes are worth about £50,000. Huggins-Haig commissioned Short, a renowned British miniature engraver, to etch a tiny […]

France: “Treasures of Paris” coin series continues with focus on Statue of Liberty

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (20th January) a new set of coins highlighting the many treasures of the French capital, Paris. This second set of coins follows last year’s set, which featured the Palais Garnier and Institut de France. The first coin in the 2017-dated series pays special homage to one of the world’s most enduring […]

France: Ever-popular figure of Marianne features on latest gold and silver collector coins

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (20th January) a new set of coins that feature a modern rendition of Marianne, the female allegory of France. Since 1877, Marianne has had place of honour in official buildings throughout cities and towns of the French Republic. Her profile appears on official documents, on many definitive postage stamps, and […]

Australia: First domed gold coin features Southern Hemisphere’s cosmic wonders

The Royal Australian Mint have unveiled (3rd February) a new coin that is a first for them: a dome-shaped coin that depicts the mystique of the Southern Hemisphere’s cosmic wonders, captured in one ounce of pure gold. A true representation of innovative craftsmanship and at the forefront of creative design, this latest gold issue captures […]

Guernsey: Silver crown coins issued for Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of Guernsey have issued new crown coins to mark the Sapphire Jubilee (65th anniversary of accession) of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred today, the 6th February. On the 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning English monarch. The event, although a very low-key celebration, was a milestone in terms of […]

Space-flown material from all six shuttles in new Cook Islands collector coin

On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia roared off the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first mission in what would be a 30-year program, culminating in July 2011 with the final space mission of the shuttle Atlantis. All told, the five active shuttles completed 135 flights, carrying […]