Mik Woodgate

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June, 2019

Exclusive first look at the Norse Dragon coin, the second in Numiartis’ stunning high relief series

By |2019-06-14T13:01:27+01:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Inserts, Silver, Mint of Poland, Numiartis, Niue Island|

Exclusive first look at the Norse Dragon coin, the second in Numiartis' stunning high relief series A little unusual amongst the many series featuring ancient mythological subjects, Numiartis launched a quite beautiful Chinese dragon coin late last year. Now, we know dragons are hardly a rare subject in the numismatic world, but taking the new standards of design and strike that are exemplifying this genre of late and applying [...]

A gold coin joins the Czech Mints superb silver series celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th

By |2019-06-13T18:58:05+01:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: History, Gold, People, Czech Mint, Niue Island|

A gold coin joins the Czech Mints superb silver series celebrating Leonardo da Vinci's 500th The numismatic commemorations marking the half-millennium since Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci died, continue apace, with another new addition from the Czech Mint. This prolific mint produces some really fine designs and the four-coin silver series featuring Leonardo's military engineering ideas is a beautiful example of them. That series is half way [...]

Scottsdale Mint’s gold and silver Cayman Islands Marlin bullion coin is back unchanged for 2019

By |2019-06-13T13:02:01+01:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Bullion, News Nuggets, Gold, Nature, Silver, Cayman Islands, Scottsdale Mint|

Scottsdale Mint's gold and silver Cayman Islands Marlin bullion coin is back unchanged for 2019 For the third successive year, Arizona-based Scottsdale Mint is releasing its Marlin bullion coin. The 2017 debut comprised of just a one-ounce silver coin, but subsequently, a one-ounce gold variant has been offered alongside. No changes to the design outside of the inscribed date. The leaping fish and wavy-lined border return. [...]

Renaissance master Tintoretto adorns Italy’s gold entrant in the 2019 Europa Star Programme

By |2019-06-12T19:37:42+01:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Art & Literature, Gold, People, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Renaissance master Tintoretto adorns Italy's gold entrant in the 2019 Europa Star Programme Tintoretto, born in 1518 as Jacopo Comin, was an Italian painter noted for the speed he painted, and the sheer boldness of his brushwork. Nicknamed Il Furioso for the energy he imparted into his work, he was a painter of the Venetian school and one that divided contemporary opinions. His work was characterised by [...]

Swiss Mint puts the Alpine countries renowned Crocodile locomotive on its annual gold coin

By |2019-06-12T10:19:50+01:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: News Nuggets, Gold, Science, Swiss Mint, Switzerland|

Swiss Mint puts the Alpine countries renowned Crocodile locomotive on its annual gold coin The Swiss Mint isn't a hugely prolific one, but they do bring a certain quirky charm with their style and choice of subject. They generally only issue a single gold coin every year, and the last three years has seen a railway tunnel, a mountain rescue dog, and William Tell doing the honours. [...]

Leonardo da Vinci celebrations continue with a five gram silver foil from Allcollect

By |2019-06-11T09:51:56+01:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Allcollect, Banknote / Foil, History, People, Silver|

Leonardo da Vinci celebrations continue with a five gram silver foil from Allcollect This year sees the 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance giant Leonardo da Vinci and the numismatic world has certainly taken notice. Various coin issues have looked at Leonardo's work in invention, especially the superb Czech Mint series, and others have concentrated on his many masterpieces in the world of art and sculpture, [...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the penultimate issue in the NZ Mints nine coin movie poster series

By |2019-06-10T16:42:26+01:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: News Nuggets, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the penultimate issue in the NZ Mints nine coin movie poster series Star Wars poster coins have been a good seller for the NZ Mint, with early coins seemingly attracting some appreciation on the after market, but The Last Jedi here represents the penultimate movie to get an issue. Only the last in the multi decade spanning series, called Episode IX: The [...]

The Australian Emu gold and silver bullion coins return with an attractive new habitat-rich design

By |2019-06-10T15:10:38+01:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Gold, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

The Australian Emu gold and silver bullion coins return with an attractive new habitat-rich design Still some of the most eagerly awaited bullion coins on the annual calendar, the Perth Mint has a track record of fine designs over the years that collectors have snapped up. In recent years, this Australian producer has fully embraced the emerging low mintage, unique design market with a succession of issues. [...]

A much needed guide to the various Mint of Poland high relief ancient-themed coin series is now live

By |2019-06-07T18:50:16+01:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: News Nuggets, Site Update|

A much needed guide to the various Mint of Poland high relief ancient-themed coin series is now live Just a quick update to let you know we've compiled a much needed summary of all the various Mint of Poland ancient-themed coin series that have been generating so much interest over the last few years. It shows all the various series and the coins that have been released to date in [...]

The greatest seaborne assault in history was 75 years ago today. A look at the coins issued to mark it.

By |2019-06-07T07:42:05+01:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: History, Coloured, Gilded, Military, Gold, Silver, Canada, France, Gibraltar, Niue Island, Tanzania, United Kingdom|

The greatest seaborne assault in history was 75 years ago today. A look at the coins issued to mark it. Codenamed Operation Neptune, the largest seaborne invasion in history and the start of Operation Overlord took place on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 when a huge Allied force began the liberation of German-occupied France. The culmination of a years planning, and even then, it was almost scuppered by [...]

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