April, 2017

St Peters Basilica is the first of Mauquoy’s Infinity Minting hand finished silver coins

By | 2017-05-11T21:42:02+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Allcollect, Benin, Silver|

St Peters Basilica is the first of Mauquoy's Infinity Minting hand finished silver coins We've previously covered a coin struck by Mauquoy in Belgium and it was an excellent and ambitious piece showing a lion portrait. This new release is a move away from the extreme levels of high relief used on that coin, but not a move away from high-relief itself. Collectors who loved the Lion [...]

First silver coin issued for five seperate countries and carrying all five national emblems debuts

By | 2017-04-12T13:36:41+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Allcollect, Nature, Benin, Silver, Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger|

First silver coin issued for five seperate countries and carrying all five national emblems debuts The commemorative coin market relies heavily on smaller countries around the world allowing them to be issued in their name. It's a mutually beneficial agreement that brings in much needed income in many cases (Niue Island has a population of less than 2,000, for example) and on the flipside allows a greater [...]

December, 2016

Enamelled kilo silver coin from Benin remembers the wreck of the RMS Titanic

By | 2016-12-06T17:11:01+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: Allcollect, History, Inserts, Benin, Silver|

Enamelled kilo silver coin from Benin remembers the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Taking a look at some of the more unusual coins that have been released recently, we're kicking off with a hefty kilo chunk of fine silver from European producer AllCollect. Known mainly for their Golden Enigma gilded and ruthenium-plated bullion coins, and for their Masterpieces of Art and Windows of Heaven series, AllCollect have [...]

February, 2016

Numiscollects new Wacky Baccy coin brings new meaning to the phrase ‘High’ relief

By | 2016-11-05T06:31:13+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Coloured, Benin, Silver, Numiscollect|

Numiscollect like to experiment with unusual designs and subjects for their coins, and being based in the Netherlands, I guess it was a natural fit that many peoples favourite plant would find itself adorning a silver coin. The Cannabis plant has a long association with the Dutch capital Amsterdam, home as it is to the cafe culture and liberal attitude that made the use of the plant for recreational purposes tolerated [...]

October, 2015

Benin Elephant ‘Protection De La Nature’ silver bullion coin series continues into 2016

By | 2016-11-05T06:31:33+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Categories: Bullion, Nature, Benin, Silver, MCI Mint|

The newest in German coin producer MCI-Mints ever expanding Silverline silver bullion coins has now launched, and it's the keenly awaited 2016 entrant in their popular Benin Elephant 'Protection de la Nature' range. This is the third annual release for Benin, the first in 2014 spawning several variants such as gilded and kilo coins, and the 2015 joining in with antique and 2oz proof versions. They're a pretty standard [...]

July, 2015

MCI Mints popular 2015 Benin Elephant gets new double-sized proof and antique siblings

By | 2016-11-05T06:31:55+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Categories: Nature, Benin, Silver, MCI Mint|

Leipzig-based mint, MCI launched a new series of one-ounce silver bullion coins back in early 2014 and the coin went on to be a big success. Following that up, a new Benin Elephant design debuted in 2015 and was likewise well-regarded. Unlike the big guns in the silver bullion coin world, the Benin Elephant is strictly limited to a run of just 5,000 and therin lies much of the appeal. Nice design, tight mintage [...]

December, 2014


By | 2016-11-05T06:32:42+00:00 December 5th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Coloured, Inserts, Benin, Silver, Geiger Edelmetalle|

The Lunar Year of the Goat coin flood continues with almost every possible permutation of shape, colour and insert hitting the shelves, mostly continuations of existing series. We've had a new take on the subject matter with Son Montuno's Lunar Skull coin, and now we've got a new take on the inserts with a coin that needs a shave. Featuring what the mint is calling 'haptic perception', this concept refers to the process [...]

October, 2014


By | 2016-11-05T06:32:50+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Categories: Bullion, Nature, Benin, Silver, MCI Mint|

The second in MCI-International's new range of one-ounce silver bullion coins has been released and they're clearly setting them up as a rival to the well-regarded Somali Elephant series. These coins have a mintage of only 5,000 pieces and as such are well worth investing in, a situation reminiscent of the early Rwandan Wildlife and just mentioned Somalian series, whose early entrants appreciated quite heavily because of similar, early mintage limits. As before, [...]

March, 2014


By | 2016-11-05T06:33:40+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Categories: Bullion, Gilded, Nature, Benin, Silver, MCI Mint|

Brand new silver bullion coins don't come along very often, but with the increasing openness of African Nations to put their names to coins, it wasn't going to be long before another appeared. The new kid on the block has been out for a few weeks now and is issued in conjunction with the African state, the Republic of Benin, a country bordered by, amongst others, fellow coin issuers Togo and Burkina Faso. Minted in [...]