Mik Woodgate

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September, 2017

Third South African reptile, the Puff Adder, joins the Crocodile and Chameleon in gold tenth-ounce coin series

By | 2017-09-26T15:09:42+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Gold, Nature, South African Mint, South Africa|

Third South African reptile, the Puff Adder, joins the Crocodile and Chameleon in gold tenth-ounce coin series In all likelihood the most common and widely found snake in Africa, the Puff Adder (Bitis Arientans) is responsible for more snakebite deaths than any other African snake. A mixture of copious amounts of a very potent cytotoxic venom and a bad attitude have given the Puff Adder a reputation [...]

Numiscollects ‘Elves’ delves into the world of the fantastic with a new silver coin series

By | 2017-09-23T15:34:10+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Art & Literature, Coloured, Silver, Numiscollect, Palau|

Numiscollects 'Elves' delves into the world of the fantastic with a new silver coin series Numiscollect release a wide range of intriguing coin designs with subjects encompassing everything from space and nature to architecture and mythology. Their latest coin sits firmly in the last category and joins a burgeoning range of options. Despite that, the company seems to have a knack of picking subjects just that little bit different, [...]

The Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder from The Empire Strikes back is blueprinted in silver

By | 2017-09-23T21:58:32+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

The Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder from The Empire Strikes back is blueprinted in silver Rapidly working its way through the line-up of vehicles in the Star Wars Universe, the New Zealand Mints Star Wars Ships series of coloured silver coins is now on its fifth release. Previous issues have featured the Millennium Falcon, the Imperial Star Destroyer, the X-Wing starfighter, and the Tie Fighter. This time we're closer [...]

Legendary Saint Bernard rescue dog Barry is celebrated on the Swiss Mints latest gold coin issue

By | 2017-09-22T21:19:47+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Gold, Nature, Swiss Mint, Switzerland|

Legendary Saint Bernard rescue dog Barry is celebrated on the Swiss Mints latest gold coin issue The Swiss Mint release a solitary gold coin every year and 2017 sees an issue celebrating one of the most famous breeds of dog in the world - the Saint Bernard. These big and beautiful animals have entered popular culture for their bravery in the Swiss Alps and elsewhere as rescue [...]

Poland continues its remembrance of its anti-communist heroes with Witold Pilecki

By | 2017-09-22T01:25:38+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: History, Coloured, People, Silver, Narodowy Bank, Poland|

Poland continues its remembrance of its anti-communist heroes with Witold Pilecki With the current tensions in the region, it's of little surprise that the National Bank of Poland is looking to its anti-communist heroes for numismatic inspiration. Just this year we've seen coins commemorating the 1920 Battle of Zadworze, Fighting Solidarity, the WWII Warsaw massacres and the 1982 Battle of Lubin. Prior to all of this was [...]

Italy of the Arts series continues its look at this nations culture with a visit to the city of Matera

By | 2017-09-22T01:37:19+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Art & Literature, Silver, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Italy of the Arts series continues its look at this nations culture with a visit to the city of Matera The Italian Mint IPZS (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca Dello Stato) continues their series of sterling silver coins peeking at the ancient and medieval culture of Italy. Called Italia delle Arte (Art of Italy), the series debuted in 2010 and has seen two coins are released annually; an [...]

New Zealand Mint launches its 2018 lunar bullion coin programme with a one ounce pair

By | 2017-09-21T21:10:56+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Bullion, Culture, Gold, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

New Zealand Mint launches its 2018 lunar bullion coin programme with a one ounce pair The New Zealand Mints new lunar bullion coins are now out in the wild and are the fourth annual release in what should be a full twelve-coin lunar cycle. Unlike their contemporaries at the Perth Mint, the range of available sizes is restricted to just a single gold and a single silver [...]

Scottsdale launch a new Trident bullion coin program for the Caribbean island of Barbados

By | 2017-09-21T09:40:21+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Bullion, Culture, Barbados, Silver, Scottsdale Mint|

Scottsdale launch a new Trident bullion coin program for the Caribbean island of Barbados Scottsdale Mint continues its interesting and varied schedule of limited-run bullion coins with the debut of a new four-coin annual programme issued for the Caribbean island of Barbados. With this and the release of the Cayman Islands Marlin some time ago, it's clear that Scottsdale have wider plans than just issuing for African nations like [...]

Royal Mint debuts two new 2018 bullion coins in their popular ongoing multi-year series

By | 2017-09-20T16:14:16+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Bullion, Culture, History, Gold, Silver, Royal Mint, United Kingdom|

Royal Mint debuts two new 2018 bullion coins in their popular ongoing multi-year series The Royal Mint has expanded the choice available in what have become their most eagerly awaited bullion coin ranges. The Shēngxiào Lunar series is now five coins into a 12-coin cycle with the launch of the Year of the Dog variant. The design is another by the Chinese-British artist, Wuon-Gean Ho, who has [...]

Early peek at the 2017 Wildlife Family silver coin reveals an ultra high relief Wolf design

By | 2017-09-19T14:16:07+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Nature, Inserts, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

Early peek at the 2017 Wildlife Family silver coin reveals an ultra high relief Wolf design One of the Mint of Polands numerous wildlife series, the Pela-Coins commissioned Wildlife Family has always been a little different from the mints many coloured 17.5 gram coin ranges. Eschewing the usual proof finish, this is a line closer in concept to CIT's award-winning Wildlife Protection coins. Struck to a high-relief and [...]