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Australia’s numismatic look at the stars through the eyes of indigenous art continues with Seven Sisters

By |2020-09-08T17:25:56+01:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Coloured, Australia, Nature, Silver, Royal Australian Mint|

Australia's numismatic look at the stars through the eyes of indigenous art continues with Seven Sisters If anyone is going to have a history of night sky art, it will be the Indigenous people of Australia. Considered to be the oldest astronomers in the world, they've spent millennia looking up and seeing patterns and images ripe [...]

AMBER SCARABEUS ANTIQUED (2020, Mint of Poland)

By |2020-09-07T11:50:55+01:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Art & Literature, Culture, Coloured, Inserts, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

A long running seriesof 17.50 gram silver coins that debuted in 2015, the Mint of Poland's Scarabaeus series reproduces one of the biggest icons in Ancient Egyptian culture - the scarab beetle. This series is a little different from most commemorative ranges in that rather than have a basic design that changes every year, they have a [...]

WIZARDING WORLD HERMIONE GRANGER CHIBI (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-09-06T12:11:16+01:00September 6th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Culture, Copper, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

It looks like the New Zealand Mint's Chibi coin range is turning into a hit, with the Batman, Harry Potter and Darth Vader issues selling out almost immediately. Next in line is the second in the Potterverse, Hermione Granger, and it's another instantly recognisable caricature. Shaped and coloured for each release, these Chibi coins have had a [...]

It’s 400 years since the historic Mayflower voyage and the two countries celebrate together with numismatic sets

By |2020-09-04T21:46:10+01:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: History, Gold, Medallion, Silver, Royal Mint, US Mint, United Kingdom, United States|

It's 400 years since the historic Mayflower voyage and the two countries celebrate together with numismatic sets A big part of early modern US history, the voyage of the Mayflower is one of a select group of nation defining events that are universally considered worthy of numismatic commemoration. The plucky tale of a group of colonists setting [...]

THE ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-09-03T16:12:04+01:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Culture, Coloured, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

The third of the New Zealand Mints Archangel coins is now available. After Gabriel and Michael comes Raphael, the archangel famed for his healing in the major Abrahamic religions. As before, the beautiful stained-glass designs from Hull Minster in the UK are the basis for the coins. Created in 1920 by Mary Hutchinson, they're an inspired choice for [...]

Proof versions of the Royal Mint’s Shengxiao Lunar range for the Year of the Ox are revealed in gold & silver

By |2020-09-02T17:36:02+01:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Gold, Silver, Royal Mint, United Kingdom|

Proof versions of the Royal Mint's Shengxiao Lunar range for the Year of the Ox are revealed in gold & silver Just out for its eighth issue, the Royal Mints Shēngxiào Collection continues with its eclectic take on the ancient Asian calendar that has become such a popular part of the numismatic market. The first six issues [...]

STAR WARS DARTH VADER BULLION COIN (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-09-01T20:56:02+01:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

The third Star Wars bullion coin of 2020, following both Boba Fett and the Mandalorian Mythosaur Emblem, features the fourth appearance of Darth Vader. To date, the screen baddie has alternated designs with Empire soldiers, and with the noticeable exception of the APMEXclusive Mandalorian coin, that continues here. The design is a familiar one, perhaps a little [...]

Perth Mint reveals its 2021 core bullion coin ranges, with gold, silver and platinum offerings

By |2020-09-01T19:54:55+01:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Gold, Nature, Platinum, Silver, Perth Mint|

Perth Mint reveals its 2021 core bullion coin ranges, with gold, silver and platinum offerings The biggest single day in the bullion coin calendar is upon us again, with the release of the Perth Mint's 2021 core range. These are the long running classics like the Koala, the Kangaroo and the Kookaburra, as well as the [...]

KOMSCO’s Korean Gold Crown bullion coin series returns with striking relics from the Cheon-ma-chong tomb

By |2020-08-31T18:42:11+01:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion, Gold, KOMSCO, South Korea|

KOMSCO's Korean Gold Crown bullion coin series returns with striking relics from the Cheon-ma-chong tomb One of the best things about the resurgence in popularity of myriad numbers of new coin designs, is the look we get into the cultural history of countries we know relatively little about. South Korea is one such country. The home of [...]

A quick preview look at Mint 21’s new 2020 selection of coins, from love, art and nature

By |2020-08-30T00:54:20+01:00August 29th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Coloured, Gilded, Nature, Silver, Cameroon, Ghana, Mint21, Niue Island|

A quick preview look at Mint 21's new 2020 selection of coins, from love, art and nature Oe of our favourite coin producers at present, joining such luminaries as CIT, Numiscollect, Art Mint and MDM, amongst others, capable of, and doing, something different without diving into tacky. They have their own visual style that seems [...]

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