June, 2020

American Eagle bullion coin redesign gets underway with a plethora of new options up for contention

By |2020-06-24T14:23:30+01:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion, Gold, Silver, US Mint, United States|

After what seems to be an absolute age, the slow moving wheels of US government have finally decided the American Eagle bullion coin is due for a revamp, well, one side of it anyway. The stylish John Mercanti-penned heraldic style eagle on the silver coin is to be changed, as is the Miley Busiek design on the gold. Both have become ubiquitous because of the sheer number sold over the past 4 decades, so they [...]

New Zealand issues its first denominated silver bullion coin with the debut of the Crested Penguin

By |2020-06-23T11:42:26+01:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Nature, Silver, NZ Post, New Zealand|

Bullion coins denominated in the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) are not exactly rare. Coins issues for the island nation of Niue, one familiar to coin collectors everywhere, have been a thing for years, but none of those NZD coins were ever issued for New Zealand. Until now. The New Zealand Post (the NZ Mint is a private mint, not actually issuing NZ coins) has launched the Chatham Island Crested Penguin, a 1oz fine silver coin [...]

The Perth Mint launches the Australian Brumby bullion coin, a spiritual successor to the Stock Horse

By |2020-06-22T00:49:30+01:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

A new addition to the Perth Mint's interesting and relatively expansive range of bullion coins appears today courtesy of Hong Kong based dealer LPM. Of all the bullion ranges on the market, the nature-themed selection from this Western Australian mint is perhaps the most admired and eagerly awaited. One of their more popular series from the last decade was the Australian Stock Horse, which ran for five issues between 2013 and 2017 and was a [...]

Exclusive: Australian Emu bullion series is back for a third annual issue with a proof variant in tow

By |2020-06-01T22:42:22+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Gold, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

One of the new raft of limited run nature-themed bullion coins to come from the Perth Mint over the last couple of years, the Australian Emu today sees the release of the third design in as many years. Like the iconic Kookaburaa and Koala bullion ranges that have been around for decades, this series focuses on a single creature and depicts it with a new design every year. The Emu is another of those [...]

Perth Mint’s latest Asian culture-themed bullion coin is the Double Pixiu, the fabled Guardian Lions of good fortune

By |2020-06-01T22:44:23+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion, Australia, Gold, Silver, Perth Mint|

Believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits, Chinese Guardian Lions originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, before spreading throughout Asia. Also called Foo Dogs, the winged lions are usually depicted in pairs and have traditionally stood in front of Chinese palaces, tombs and homes. Usually carved from decorative stone, such as marble and granite or cast in bronze or iron, the cost of these materials restricted the Guardian Lions to wealthy families. Often [...]

May, 2020

Perth Mints pirate-themed bullion series ‘Black Flag’ back with The Royal Fortune

By |2020-05-19T02:21:57+01:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Bullion, History, Gold, Silver, Perth Mint, Tuvalu|

An extremely successful bullion coin debut last year, the Perth Mint's first pirate-themed 'Black Flag' coin depicted the pirate Blackbeard's famous Queen Annes Revenge under full sail. A decent looking coin, it made a nice change from the numerous animal themed bullion that emanates from the Western Australian coin producer.Helped along by a 15,000 mintage, the 1oz 0.9999 silver coin was a quick seller, as was the 1oz gold with its tiny 100 mintage. The [...]

Exclusive! South Korea issues ‘Bong-Hwang’, a striking new silver bullion round with latent technology

By |2020-05-13T00:45:21+01:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion, Medallion, Silver, KOMSCO, South Korea|

The Phoenix is a popular icon in Asian mythology, just as it is in Europe. The Western image of the fantastical bird rising from the ashes of its own corpse is a powerful symbol of rebirth - the growth of the new from the old. In Korea, the bird is known as Bonghwang 봉황, the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese fenghuang, and has a different meaning. In Asia, the Phoenix is often seen in partnership [...]

2020 END OF WWII 1/10TH BU CARDED (PERTH MINT)

By |2020-05-11T16:05:16+01:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Bullion, History, Australia, Silver, Perth Mint|

Along with a range of silver and gold proof and antiqued coins issued last month for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Perth Minmt has also released a bullion coin as part of its reduced May schedule. It's a simplified version of the artwork used on the bigger of the first wave of coins and the mint has done a good job of keeping the essence of that Lucas Bowers design, [...]

April, 2020

One of Stuart Devlins old 1964 coin designs is resurrected for the Royal Australian Mint’s latest bullion coin

By |2020-04-28T14:32:43+01:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Gold, Nature, Silver, Royal Australian Mint|

One of Stuart Devlins old 1964 coin designs is resurrected for the Royal Australian Mint's latest bullion coin Coming from a very quiet place, the Royal Australian Mint has turned its sights on the every expanding bullion coin market with a renewed vigour. With their neat triangular Australian Shipwrecks series, the Dolphin series and the Lunars, amongst others, the RAM has fully embraced this burgeoning genre. They've now expanded [...]

Perth Mint’s Dragon & Tiger silver bullion coin goes large with a limited 10oz variant exclusive to LPM

By |2020-04-08T02:14:39+01:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion, News Nuggets, Australia, Silver, Perth Mint|

Perth Mint's Dragon & Tiger silver bullion coin goes large with a limited 10oz variant exclusive to LPM The Perth Mint's excellent Chinese Dragon series of bullion coins has expanded today with the launch of a ten-ounce version of the 2018 Dragon & Tiger design. In all respects this is just an enlarged variant, although the obverse is different. That face has a border running around the effigy to hold [...]

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