July, 2020

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 [...]

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 [...]

DISNEY CLASSICS: STEAMBOAT WILLIE (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-06-30T13:11:44+01:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

You have to go back six years for the first New Zealand Mint Disney coin. They chose the original Mickey Mouse short, Steamboat Willie, and it came in a full range of sizes up to a staggering kilo of gold. Now the subject is back for a reissue in amore limited form. There are very few changes to the design, just the expected inscriptions showing difference.This time the range is limited to a [...]

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 [...]

The Death Star returns in silver and gold as part of Niue’s long running Star Wars Classic series.

By |2020-06-18T22:11:59+01:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

This isn't the first time the iconic Imperial battlestation, the Death Star, has appeared on a coin as part of the New Zealand Mint's extensive Star Wars range. In September 2018, the moon-sized instrument of destruction featured as the subject of a 2oz ultra-high relief silver coin, with a suitably healthy price tag. It's back as part of the mints long-running Star Wars Classic series in cheaper form, and also in gold, which isn't...There are [...]

France harks back to the American War of Independence with coins celebrating La Fayette’s arrival

By |2020-06-21T14:36:56+01:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: History, Gold, People, Silver, France, Monnaie de Paris|

The Monnaie de Paris is launching a new range of coins celebrating the French involvement in the American War of Independence. The first issue marks the 240th anniversary of the arrival of the Marquis de La Fayette in Boston aboard the frigate Hermione. Confusingly, it's also billed as part of the mints Major Landmarks in the History of Humanity range, so it remains to be seen where the series goes from here. The design [...]

ROMAN EMPERORS: MARCUS AURELIUS (2020, IPZS)

By |2020-06-15T15:05:40+01:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: QLM, History, Gold, People, IPZS Italy, Italy|

Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180, the fifth of the Five Good Emperors (a term coined by Machiavelli centuries later), and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. Despite that, his reign is one of military campaigning, seeking to expand and solidify Rome's borders. The tragedy that was the devestating Antonine Plague (killing around 5 million) [...]

KOALA HIGH RELIEF GOLD & SILVER (2020, Perth Mint)

By |2020-06-01T22:45:32+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: QLM, Australia, Gold, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

Another of the Perth Mint's perennial bullion core ranges, the Koala debuted in 2007, and remains a popular item today, despite the greatly intensified level of competition with a multitude of low mintage designs. As always, the bullion range is the basis for a myriad of different higher end variants, including proof, gilded, coloured and high-relief. It's the last of those that we have here today. Three versions of this pretty design, [...]

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 [...]

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