July, 2020

Germania Mint adds Germania Beasts to it’s range and kicks off with the treasure hoarding dragon, Fafnir (UPDATED)

By |2020-07-11T08:24:57+01:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion Round, Coloured, Gilded, Silver, Germania Mint|

It was less than two years ago that the fledgling Germania Mint burst onto the scene with its pretty Germania bullion round, and it wasn't long after they moved into the numismatic realm with some fine proof and plated coins. Part of the Kurowski Group, they've developed an impressive talent for high quality gilding, colour and plating with various metals. Much of that expertise is on show with the Germania range. The latest addition is [...]

HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS POSTER (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-07-06T13:05:50+01:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

The second movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets premiered in 2002 and was based on the 1998 novel by J. K. Rowling. It went on to gross over $879m, beaten in 2002 only by The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. It tells the story of Potters second year at Hogwarts and the opening of the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a monster within the school. The [...]

Music Legends from the Royal Mint follows legendary band ‘Queen’ with the equally iconic Rocketman, Elton John

By |2020-07-06T00:02:46+01:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Coloured, Gold, Silver, Royal Mint, United Kingdom|

It was in January that the Royal Mint surprised us all with the debut of its new 'Music Legends' range. Launching with one of the biggest bands in history - Queen - the collaboration with music management company Bravado and Universal Music Group, opened up quite a bit of speculation on who would be next. In a very rare example of us guessing correctly, Elton John is the next subject. The Queen coin appears [...]

JASPER SCARABAEUS (2020, Mint of Poland)

By |2020-07-05T15:26:03+01:00July 5th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Art & Literature, History, Coloured, Gilded, Inserts, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

A series that debuted back in 2015 with the Amber Scarabaeus, the Mint of Poland's Ancient Egyptian themed series has evolved by taking the same basic design - an Egyptian atyle beetle - and decorating it with different types of plating, colour and minerals. In all, it's been quite an eclectic mix, and one we'll probably do a Coin Series Profile on soon.These remain 17.5 gram 0.999 silver coins, issued for Niue and [...]

Mint 21 expands its coin series linking gods and planets with a new duo, Mars and Uranus

By |2020-07-03T19:27:29+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Coloured, Nature, Silver, Cameroon, Mint21|

Last May, Mint 21 had the great idea of starting a coin series that combined the planets in our solar system with the ancient gods that gave them their names. All of the nine planets in our local system, with the exception of Earth (an Anglo-German world for 'ground'), take their names from the old pantheons of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, so it seems a natural act to combine the two in [...]

Back to the Future’s iconic ‘OUTATIME’ licence plate is reproduced on a two-ounce silver coin

By |2020-07-01T02:10:48+01:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island|

The much loved Robert Zemeckis time-travel comedy ‘Back to the Future’ has spawned a small number of commemorative coins over the last few years, starting with a 30th anniversary range of issues from the Perth Mint in 2015. It wasn't until March this year that The Coin Company came back with a neat coloured silver coin, fairly standard in nature, but with some custom packaging that raised it into something fans would have loved. That [...]

June, 2020

Scottsdale Mint’s expansive Eastern Caribbean 8 series of bullion coins returns in 2020 for a third run

By |2020-06-30T18:24:06+01:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Antigua & Barbuda, History, Coloured, Gold, Silver, Scottsdale Mint|

With everything that's been going on in the world, it's no surprise that the coin world hasn't been spared, and we'd not have been surprised in the slightest if Scottsdale Mint had decided to eschew its annual bullion jaunt around eight Caribbean nations. Late, but unbowed, the first in the mints third Caribbean cruise has now launched, and as before, it's Antigua & Barbuda kicking it off.This nations theme has been its old history [...]

The Japanese art of Chibi comes to coins and the first to get a monster noggin is the Dark Knight himself

By |2020-06-30T13:12:18+01:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

A phenomenon that has travelled far from its Japanese homeland, Chibi (ちび or チビ) is slang for short and is applied to various pop culture genres today. Chief amongst those are the small, chubby caricatures with their small bodies and over-sixed heads - also called super-deformed (SD). A popular style in anime and manga, and also with the Funko figures that are seemingly everywhere these days, we're actually surprised the concept has taken this long [...]

Micromosaic Passion coin series continues its unique look at masterpieces with Da Vinci’s Lady With an Ermine

By |2020-06-29T18:01:23+01:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Coloured, Silver, CIT Coin Invest, Palau|

A big hit over the last few years, both with collectors and award ceremonies, Powercoins innovative Micromosaic Passion series is back for a fourth time with a second interpretation of the work of Italian Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. This time, it's the charming portrait of Cecilia Gallerani called Lady with an Ermine. Any similarities with Doctor Evil holding Mr Bigglesworth are purely coincidental...The deceptively clever painting is reproduced in the series signature style, [...]

Supreme Leader Snoke’s Praetorian Guard are the latest in Niue’s ‘Guards of the Empire’ Star Wars coin series

By |2020-06-28T18:09:31+01:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

The latest in the New Zealand Mint's attractive 'Guards of the Empire' Star Wars themed coin series is upon us, and after looking at the various layers of cannon fodder that makes up the Empire's bulk, we get a look at the elite. The red armour clad Praetorian Guards, named after the bodyguards were the last line of defence for the leader of the First Order, and like the rest of the Empire's forces, they [...]

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