Vatican City: Portrait of Pope Francis Removed from Circulation Euro Coins

Note: The following is a re-post from World Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. The Treasury of Vatican City State (or the Holy See) announced on the 24th January that from March of this year, new 2017-dated coins and those thereafter issued will no longer carry the effigy of His Holiness Pope Francis. The decision […]

New Zealand Southern Lights Replicated On Holographic Silver Crown Coin

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have announced (18th January) the issue of a new silver coin that highlights the southern hemisphere’s own natural and astounding light show: the Aurora Australis. The Southern Lights (as many know them) form a spellbinding natural light show that produces shimmering sheets of colourful light that appear to dance across the […]

British Virgin Islands: Distinctive Blue Marlin Appears on Blue Titanium $5 Coin

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (17th January) a new $5 coin, struck in titanium, that features one of the sea’s more distinctive and beautiful inhabitants: the blue marlin. The Atlantic blue marlin, or Makaira nigricans, to be more accurate, is a species of marlin endemic to the Atlantic Ocean. […]

British Virgin Islands: New Silver Reverse-Proof Coin Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (24th January) a new coin that marks the 65th anniversary, or “Sapphire Jubilee,” of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who will herself mark the solemn occasion on the 6th February. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, […]

Ares, God of War, Inaugurates New Series from Niue

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 […]