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May, 2016

The surge in minigold 0.5g coins continues with CIT’s new Shakespeare 400th coin

By |2016-11-05T06:31:00+00:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Art & Literature, Gold, People, CIT Coin Invest, Cook Islands|

We've often commented over the last few months on the increasing popularity of the 0.5g coin format that we've termed 'Minigold'. Typically only 11mm or so in diameter, you'd think the coins would be too small to hold much appeal, but increases in the quality of both the design process, and the actual minting of coins have meant that despite their dimished surface area, they're able to hold a large amount [...]

April, 2022

The Titanic hit an iceberg 110 years ago, and CIT and the Mint of Poland issue very different coins to mark the event

By |2022-04-25T20:56:57+01:00April 25th, 2022|Categories: History, Coloured, Copper, Gold, Inserts, Silver, CIT Coin Invest, Cook Islands, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

The Titanic hit an iceberg 110 years ago, and CIT and the Mint of Poland issue very different coins to mark the event Probably the most famous shipwreck in history, the tragic tale of Titanic's maiden voyage has become the stuff of legend, featuring in countless movies, TV series, and books, as well as starring in the usual smattering of conspiracy theories that inevitably do the rounds when incidents like this [...]

September, 2021

Exclusive first look: Emporium Hamburg’s flagship ‘Somali Elephant’ bullion coin series debuts its 2022 design

By |2021-09-15T10:46:08+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Bullion, Gold, Nature, Silver, Emporium Hamburg, Somalia|

Exclusive first look: Emporium Hamburg's flagship 'Somali Elephant' bullion coin series debuts its 2022 design It seems to be a big day for bullion, with the Perth Mint's new range and now another grand old lady of the coin market, the Somali Elephant, also debuting its 2022 entrant. The Elephant first appeared way back in 2004, which puts it as one of the oldest independantly produced bullion coin series around, [...]

November, 2020

Congo’s ‘Prehistoric Life’ bullion coin series is back for a second 2020 outing with the giant marine reptile, Plesiosaurus

By |2020-11-11T22:02:46+00:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Nature, Silver, BH Mayer, Congo|

Congo's 'Prehistoric Life' bullion coin series is back for a second 2020 outing with the giant marine reptile, Plesiosaurus The Democratic Republic of Congo's 'Prehistoric Life' bullion coin series is back with a second release for 2020. Following on from the release of Tyrannosaurus Rex back in July, the producer has headed away from land to the depths of our primordial seas with another big beastie sitting near the apex of [...]

July, 2020

PREDATORS: RATTLESNAKE BULLION (2020, AllCollect)

By |2020-07-16T16:17:07+01:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Allcollect, Quicklooks, Bullion, Nature, Silver, Congo|

Just last week we did a Quicklook at Panthera Tigris, the fourth issue in Allcollect’s Predators bullion coin series. We noted at the time that several other issues were in the wings, appearing at various places in a fairly haphazard way, but we'll cover them as they go for sale. First of these is the only reptile to appear in the Predators range to date, the Rattlesnake. As before, the signature feature [...]

Congo adds a cool new silver bullion coin series to its repertoire – Prehistoric Life – and T-Rex kicks it off

By |2020-11-11T18:28:48+00:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Nature, Silver, BH Mayer, Congo|

Congo adds a cool new silver bullion coin series to its repertoire – Prehistoric Life – and T-Rex kicks it off Continuing our catching up on new releases in the bullion world is a new one from the Democratic Republic of Congo with a subject that will always get my attention - DINOSAURS! There have been some fine prehistoric themed coins over the last few years, demonstrating a noticeable jump from [...]

PREDATORS: PANTHERA TIGRIS BULLION (2020, AllCollect)

By |2020-07-08T15:00:36+01:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Allcollect, Quicklooks, Bullion, Nature, Silver, Congo|

Allcollect's Predators bullion coin series continues apace with the fourth issue, Panthera Tigris, or Tiger. An unusual series because it employs a range of finishing touches that are rarely seen in the predominately brilliant uncirculated finish competitors. Each issue has an incused footprint that is partly reverse-proof finished, the foreground of the main coin has a matte finish, with the background field mirror proof style. The result is an interesting mix in [...]

May, 2020

V.E. DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY: An overview of gold and silver coin issues

By |2020-05-12T01:16:16+01:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: |

V.E. DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY: An overview of gold and silver coin issues After several years of a numismatic commemoration for the centennial events of the First World War, we’re now firmly within the realms of the 75th anniversary memorials for the Second. An even bigger swathe of destruction swept around the globe for the rematch, with hardly a region in the world completely untouched. It’s fair to say that [...]

February, 2020

Smartminting week: Striking view of a classic radial-engined aircraft is a showcase

By |2020-02-05T18:46:29+00:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Science, Silver, CIT Coin Invest, Cook Islands|

Smartminting week: Striking view of a classic radial-engined aircraft is a showcase Anchor: Fair Winds was a very pretty coin launched last year by CIT Coin Invest at the World Money Fair. Utilising the high-relief ability inherent in smartminting, along with their relatively new Black Proof finish, it was a fine nautically-themed design (image at bottom). For 2020, we're seeing a second issue in the same style but heading [...]

Smartminting Week: CIT add Gandhi pair to their Revolutionaries series of silver and minigold coins

By |2020-02-03T13:44:22+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: News Nuggets, Coloured, People, Silver, CIT Coin Invest, Mongolia|

Smartminting Week: CIT add Gandhi pair to their Revolutionaries series of silver and minigold coins A relatively low key issue from CIT Coin Invest kicks off our look at smartminting this week. The first coin in this series, Chinggis Khan, was actually the one that introduced the potential of smartminting to the world. A reintroduction of a traditionally struck design, it showed the improvements that CIT and BH Mayer had [...]

January, 2020

World’s smallest gold coin is 2.96mm and 1/500oz! Swiss Mint stuns with tiny minting milestone

By |2020-01-23T22:07:08+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Gold, People, Switzerland, Swiss Mint|

World's smallest gold coin is 2.96mm and 1/500oz! Swiss Mint stuns with tiny minting milestone We don't normally associate the Swiss Mint with the weird and unusual when it comes to new coins, but their latest effort certainly fits that description. A look at the image here shows a simple depiction of one of Albert Einstein's most iconic photographs. Nothing unusual there. But what if we [...]

October, 2019

Sixteenth century classic Una & the Lion celebrates Queen Victoria’s bicentenary with new gold coin

By |2019-10-24T19:59:08+01:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Gold, East India Company, St Helena|

Sixteenth century classic Una & the Lion celebrates Queen Victoria's bicentenary with new gold coin First published in 1590 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser is an English epic poem - especially epic in the sense of its length as it is one of the longest poems ever written in the English language. Spread over six books, the latter three published in [...]

August, 2019

ANA 2019: CIT launches an eclectic mix of top quality collectable coins

By |2019-08-14T22:19:53+01:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: Art & Literature, Banknote / Foil, Culture, History, Coloured, Gilded, Gold, Nature, Inserts, Science, Silver, CIT Coin Invest, Cook Islands, Mongolia|

ANA 2019: CIT launches an eclectic mix of top quality collectable coins Liechtenstein coin producer CIT have long been the darlings of the coin world, with their ability to design, and then fully realise, some ambitious and stunning numismatics. Since the debut of the Tiffany series back in 2004, they, along with the mint BH Mayer, have repeatedly pushed the envelope on what is possible, and their [...]

July, 2019

MOON LANDING 50TH ANNIVERSARY: An overview of gold and silver coin issues

By |2019-08-06T18:59:17+01:00July 20th, 2019|Categories: |

MOON LANDING 50TH ANNIVERSARY: An overview of gold and silver coin issues Welcome to our round-up of the precious metal coins issued to commemorate the epic Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the Moon. There are fewer ways to commemorate an event for posterity than a coin, and none more likely to survive the test of time than one struck in gold or silver. Most of the [...]

July, 2018

World exclusive: CIT bring their dimensional smartminting to the lunar market with a Mongolian Pig

By |2018-07-27T06:36:11+01:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Banknote / Foil, Lunar Calendar, Gold, Silver, CIT Coin Invest, Mongolia|

World exclusive: CIT bring their dimensional smartminting to the lunar market with a Mongolian Pig It isn't just their skull range that has a new addition - CIT Coin Invest have expanded their dimensional coin range with a fine effort in what has become a predictable and slightly stale lunar market. That the lunar market sometimes fails to excite collectors is inevitable in hindsight. The twelve year [...]

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