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BARBADOS TRIDENT SILVER BULLION (2020, Scottsdale Mint)

By |2020-07-28T10:40:26+01:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Culture, Bullion, Barbados, Silver, Scottsdale Mint|

Back for the fourth year, the Barbados Trident has become a staple of Scottsdale Mint's annual bullion offerings. It's one that straddles the two major types of bullion coin - those that change design regularly and those that don't. The design of the broken handled trident that became the Caribbean island's symbol, has remained unchanged over the [...]

DINOSAURS: PTERODACTYL (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-07-27T12:18:10+01:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Coloured, Nature, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

Always great to see a coin depicting prehistoric life and we've had some great ones over the last half decade or so. An attractive issue to debut this year was the New Zealand Mint's 'Dinosaurs' range, which launched back in February. This one featured the Tyrannosaurus Rex and was followed by the Triceratops a couple of months [...]

FIVE SOVEREIGN PIECE (2020, Royal Mint)

By |2020-07-27T12:07:18+01:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Art & Literature, Bullion, Gold, Royal Mint, United Kingdom|

Today sees the release of the biggest annual British Sovereign coin, the Five Sovereign. The same size and weight as a typical £5 gold coin from the Royal Mint, it weighs 39.94 grams of 22kt 0.9167 gold (36.6 grams fine), so quite a bit more than the usual one troy ounce (31.1g). The design is pretty much [...]

175TH ANNIVERSARY OF RUSSIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (2020, Central Bank of Russia)

By |2020-07-26T22:54:50+01:00July 26th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Politics & Finance, Silver, Central Bank of Russia, Russia|

Founded in 1845 by the decree of Emperor Nikolay I, the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) is one of the oldest geographical societies in the world. It serves the dual functions of spreading knowledge about the geography and related sciences of the region, and of aiding nature reserve management in Russia. The current Board of Trustees of the [...]

CHUAN JIA ZHI BAO THE FAMILY HEIRLOOM (2020, PMC)

By |2020-07-21T12:52:29+01:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Culture, Coloured, Gilded, Silver, Chad, Precious Metal Collectors|

In amongst the impressive copper-cored, ultra high relief coins that have impressed us over the last year or so, Singapore-based producer Precious Metal Collectors  also occasionally put out something of a more standard nature. This one is called “Chuan Jia Zhi Bao”, the Family Heirloom, and is surely aimed at the Asian market. The reverse face depicts [...]

PMC follows its Azure Dragon with the White Tiger of the West as it journeys through the Four Auspicious Beasts

By |2020-07-24T10:33:40+01:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Gilded, Silver, Chad, Precious Metal Collectors|

Precious Metal Collectors returns to its innovative copper-cored silver coin format with the Azure Dragon Continuing our look at Precious Metal Collectors innovative range of huge copper-cored silver coins, we come to the second of the coins in their Four Auspicious Beasts set, the White Tiger of the West. Following a very pretty [...]

Beethoven, one of the greatest composers of all times, is 250 years old. The Mint of Poland celebrates in silver.

By |2020-07-23T11:32:08+01:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, People, Silver, Cameroon, Mint of Poland|

One of the legendary greats in the musical world, Ludwig van Beethoven would have been celebrating his 250th birthday this year. We've already seen some marking of the occasion with the Helvetic Mint's issue, but now the Mint of Poland is adding a design of their own to the mix. Choosing the stylistic over the realistic, the reverse face [...]

PREDATORS: CHEETAH BULLION (2020, AllCollect)

By |2020-07-22T11:22:42+01:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Allcollect, Quicklooks, Bullion, Nature, Silver, Congo|

Next in the wave of new entrants in Allcollect’s Predators bullion coin series is Acinonyx Jubatus, the Cheetah. Using the same mixed finish of an incused footprint that is partly reverse-proof finished, a matte finish foreground, including the animal subject, and a mirror proof style background field,  they remain quite unique. This one is the sixth release [...]

The giant creatures of the Galapagos feature on PAMP’s new shaped silver coin series

By |2020-07-22T13:31:08+01:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Coloured, Nature, Silver, PAMP, Solomon Islands|

We see a huge variety in the shape of coins these days, going hand in hand with technological improvements in the minting process. Shaped dimensional coins have been a particularly impressive genre of late, with CIT, Numiscollect and the Mint of Poland dropping some striking designs, but they all carry hefty premiums. PAMP had some success with flat shaped designs, [...]

CAYMAN ISLANDS MARLIN SILVER BULLION (2020, Scottsdale Mint)

By |2020-07-21T13:38:21+01:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Bullion, Nature, Silver, Cayman Islands, Scottsdale Mint|

Back for the fourth year is Scottsdale Mint's Cayman Islands issued 'Marlin' bullion coin. The leaping fish adorns the central section of the reverse face, and is surrounded by a 'wavy-patterned' border carrying various inscriptions. That border is also present on the obverse, with the centre area occupied by an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The mintage [...]

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