Mik Woodgate

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August, 2017

UPDATED: 350th Anniversary of the death of Italian architect Francesco Borromini marked on gold coin

By | 2017-08-11T00:12:25+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Gold, People, IPZS Italy, Italy|

350th Anniversary of the death of Italian architect Francesco Borromini marked on gold coin Born on 25 September 1599 and dying on 3 August 1667, Swiss architect Francesco Borromini, along with his contemporaries Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro da Cortona, is a key figure in the emerging architectural style, Roman Baroque. He developed a distinctive style within this type of architecture, employing manipulations of Classical architectural forms, [...]

Smartminting pushed hard with Mount Everest, the second 7 Summits silver coin

By | 2017-08-08T14:52:35+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: Coloured, Nature, Silver, Coin Invest Trust, Cook Islands|

Smartminting pushed hard with Mount Everest, the second 7 Summits silver coin One of the biggest modern commemorative coin programs has been Coin Invest Trust's attractive Mountains and Flora series. One of their basic series, a simple coloured sterling silver coin, it nevertheless proved popular enough to run for 61 issues between 2009 and 2016, only recently wrapping up. A fascinating subject, CIT weren't finished with it [...]

Royal Australian Mint wraps up the night sky with a Northern Hemisphere domed gold coin

By | 2017-08-07T18:56:45+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Australia, Gold, Nature, Royal Australian Mint|

Royal Australian Mint wraps up the night sky with a Northern Hemisphere domed gold coin The excellent and well recieved Southern Sky and subsequent Northern Sky series of domed coins from the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) wrapped up last year and while we've obviously run out of sky to cover, the mint hasn't run out of coin ideas for this theme. Released in February was a one-ounce [...]

The Nightmare Before Christmas debuts on the New Zealand Mints latest Disney release

By | 2017-08-07T12:27:12+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

The Nightmare Before Christmas debuts on the New Zealand Mints latest Disney release A nice change from the usual Disney ranges of coins coming out of the New Zealand Mints extensive programme is a coin celebrating a movie that is itself a little off-piste for Disney. The Nightmare Before Christmas was a bit darker than the usual Disney movie, no doubt through the involvement of stylish movie director Tim [...]

Perth Mint silver sales doing relatively well, everything else still in the doldrums

By | 2017-08-07T09:05:37+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: News Nuggets, Marketwatch|

Perth Mint silver sales doing relatively well, everything else still in the doldrums Another month with little improvement in the bullion sales market, at least from two big players, the Perth Mint and the United States Mint. Silver sales at the Perth Mint are doing well for a July, a month rarely excelling as buyers wait for the new ranges in late August, but all three of [...]

The fourth of the Royal Mints commemorative six-coin sets marking the First World War launches

By | 2017-08-06T01:15:41+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Categories: History, Silver, Royal Mint, United Kingdom|

The fourth of the Royal Mints commemorative six-coin sets marking the First World War launches The Royal Mint has an extensive programme of coins marking the centenary of what was meant to be the war to end all wars, the First World War. In amongst a plethora of intriguing designs there sits an annual six-coin set produced in association with Imperial War Museums. Each of the five [...]

The Timbuktu-landed Chergach is the latest impact meteorite adorned coin from CIT

By | 2017-08-05T15:33:19+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Gilded, Nature, Silver, Coin Invest Trust, Cook Islands|

The Timbuktu-landed Chergach is the latest impact meteorite adorned coin from CIT After enjoying a flurry of releases over the last few years, the number of meteorite coins has lessened recently. It's fitting that a series that spawned the genre continues on and maintains a standard reached by few others. Coin Invest Trust launched their first meteorite-adorned coin back in 2004 and the coin we're looking at [...]

World Exclusive: Mexican Surrealist painter has his amazing work showcased on a new silver coin series

By | 2017-08-07T13:19:29+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Art & Literature, Coloured, Silver, Niue Island|

Mexican Surrealist painter has his amazing work showcased on a new silver coin series Art has always been popular on coins and never more than now as new technologies aimed at modern numismatics have broadened just what is possible reproducing them. While most mints play safe and stick with the famous masters, this new collaborative issue from Coins Boutique and European Mint has brought something more esoteric [...]

Battles That Changed History continues with the decisive defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo

By | 2017-08-02T21:17:23+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: History, Coloured, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

Battles That Changed History continues with the decisive defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo The New Zealand Mints companion series to their Warriors of History range called ‘Battles That Changed History’ has seen a second release. Jumping from the New World to the Old, an incredibly pivotal battle in the history of Europe and the wider world is featured; the Battle of Waterloo. Putting paid to Napoleon's [...]

Isle of Man Angel appears on its first coin since the Manx move to Tower Mint and CIT

By | 2017-08-02T18:00:02+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, History, Gold, Silver, Coin Invest Trust, Isle of Man, Tower Mint|

Isle of Man Angel appears on its first coin since the Manx move to Tower Mint and CIT We reported back in March that Tower Mint, a London-based private mint owned by well-known effigy designer Raphael Maklouf, was to take over the reins of the Isle of Man's coin programme. As most of this would be circulating currency and the hope that the bullion coin program would continue, [...]