Mik Woodgate

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October, 2017

New Zealand issues a Sperm Whale proof silver coin with blue enamel highlighting

By | 2017-10-19T19:41:09+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Coloured, Nature, Silver, NZ Post, New Zealand|

New Zealand issues a Sperm Whale proof silver coin with blue enamel highlighting The New Zealand Post has issued its latest $1 proof silver coin and chosen one of the largest animals on the face of the earth as its subject. Relatively common in the waters around New Zealand, this huge whale can sometimes exceed 20 metres in length and weigh a colossal 50,000 kilograms. Able to [...]

Mint of Gdansk produces collectors boxes for the Queens Beasts bullion coin ranges

By | 2017-10-18T16:16:03+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Accessories, Quick Look|

Mint of Gdansk produces collectors boxes for the Queens Beasts bullion coin ranges One of the best of the modern bullion coin series, the Royal Mint's Queens Beasts has proven popular with collectors because of its superb design and defined range. A series of ten designs based around iconic British symbols, the Jody-Clark penned coins have ably stepped into the gap left by the Britannia now having [...]

Charge of the Light Horsemen at the Battle of Beersheba remembered on Australian proof silver coin

By | 2017-10-18T13:22:15+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: History, Australia, Silver, Royal Australian Mint|

Charge of the Light Horsemen at the Battle of Beersheba remembered on Australian proof silver coin The commemorations of the First World War have continued through this year and will do so through 2018 as well and there have been numerous coin issues emanating from the worlds major mints. The Antipodean mints in particular have been remembering the efforts of the ANZAC forces, particularly related to the [...]

Year of the Dog update: Tons of new lunars added to our ever expanding guide

By | 2017-10-17T20:07:34+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: News Nuggets, Lunar Calendar, Site Update|

Year of the Dog update: Tons of new lunars added to our ever expanding guide As we said, rather than flood the news page with a never-ending procession of new Year of the Dog coins, we started our annual lunar Superguide early and continue to add to it as the year progresses rather than just summarise them all at years end. Plenty of new coins including new [...]

Malta remembers the 75th anniversary of the crucial WWII Operation Pedestal convoy

By | 2017-10-16T19:55:42+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Quick Look, History, Silver, Malta|

Malta remembers the 75th anniversary of the crucial WWII Operation Pedestal convoy Unlike the constant grinds and stalemates that typified the First World War, WWII was a considerably wider placed and dynamic conflict, truly taking in most parts of the globe. Much of this in the early years of the war came about because of the sheer size of the British Empire, spread across every theatre of [...]

Kazakhstan issues the Well-being Turtle silver coin with a tantalum metal insert

By | 2017-10-16T12:08:54+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Coloured, Nature, Silver, Kazakhstan Mint, Kazakhstan|

Kazakhstan issues the Well-being Turtle silver coin with a tantalum metal insert One of the most popular modern coin series around, the Austrian Mints Niobium series has won much acclaim over the years for its design and innovative use of the metal, Niobium. Since used in issues from Canada and Luxembourg, the technique is still quite rare in numismatic circles. Interestingly, Niobium isn't alone in its properties. Another [...]

Moneda Nueva is back in the lunar market with a high-relief Year of the Dog coin

By | 2017-10-14T12:29:27+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Lunar Calendar, Inserts, Silver, Cameroon, Moneda Nueva|

Moneda Nueva is back in the lunar market with a high-relief Year of the Dog coin Producer of probably our favourite lunar snake coin, Moneda Nueva didn't follow it up in following years but are now back with a new entrant into what is the most varied theme in modern numismatics. Issued for the Republic of Cameroon instead of Samoa, it retains the high-relief strike and the [...]

Long running New Zealand Kiwi series debuts its 2018 designs and adds a five ounce variant

By | 2017-10-17T10:05:21+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Coloured, Gold, Nature, Silver, NZ Post, New Zealand|

Long running New Zealand Kiwi series debuts its 2018 designs and adds a five ounce variant With proof versions of the Kiwi series having been released since way back in 1990, it's fair to say that it's picked up a few fans along the way. It's that time of the year when the new annual designs are revealed and made available for sale and there's no change [...]

Star Wars Stromtrooper goes to war with the Bullion Rebellion with gold and silver coins

By | 2017-10-12T08:28:30+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Bullion, Gold, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

Star Wars Stromtrooper goes to war with the Bullion Rebellion with gold and silver coins After years of just ticking along with low-mintage Fijiian Taku bullion coins, the New Zealand Mint has embraced the bullion coin market over the last couple of years with a lunar range, and now a selection of coins featuring elements of their big popular culture franchises. Disney has seen both a lunar [...]

Classic Archangel Michael bullion coin debuts a silver proof version for 2017

By | 2017-10-11T14:09:01+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Silver, National Bank of Ukraine, Ukraine|

Classic Archangel Michael bullion coin debuts a silver proof version for 2017 A bullion coin that's been produced since 2011, the Ukrainian Archangel Michael has a classic numismatic design and over the last couple of years has proven increasingly popular. While there are gold bullion versions available, there's always been an absence of higher quality issues. A privy mark variant has appeared in the past, but remained [...]