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 [...]

World Cultures silver coin series is back with a look at the Maori ceremonial challenge – the fabled Haka

By |2020-07-09T15:41:33+01:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Inserts, Silver, Cameroon, Mint of Poland|

While the world of ancient gods and monsters seems to dominate the ultra high relief, antique-finished coin genre, there have been some notable exceptions. One of our favourites to date has been the Numiartis and Magikos Coins -produced series 'World Cultures', first hitting the market two years ago with an intricately designed Kapala Skull coin. The renders in our first article looked impressive, but an image of the final coin showed exactly what a stunning [...]

June, 2020

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL (2020, NZ Mint)

By |2020-06-25T15:44:21+01:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Art & Literature, Culture, Coloured, Silver, NZ Mint, Niue Island|

Launching in April, the New Zealand Mint issued the first Archangel in a new series of rectangular 1oz silver coins - Gabriel. The second is here now and features a depiction of the Archangel Michael from a stained-glass window in Hull Minster in England. A beautiful piece of art by Mary Hutchinson, Gabriel was also based on her work in this superb 13th century building. You can read more about it in [...]

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 [...]

A gold Rattus, the fourth of the Zi:Sin 12 Guardians, Korea’s lunars, lands to join the silver bullion version

By |2020-06-12T20:14:55+01:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Bullion Round, Silver, KOMSCO, South Korea|

After a look at the latest in the hit Chiwoo Cheonwang series of bullion rounds just yesterday, we move on to the other major series from Korean mint, KOMSCO. Zi:SIn is a beautifully realised and very loose interpretation of the lunar calendar, using the fable Twelve Guardians in place of the usual animals. Launching in 2017 with Gallus (Rooster), and followed up by Canis (Dog) and Scrofa (Pig), the 2020 issue features Rattus (Rat). These [...]

Hit Korean Chiwoo Cheonwang series is back fcr 2020 with a fifth issue in silver and gold

By |2020-06-12T11:36:40+01:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Bullion Round, Silver, KOMSCO, South Korea|

Chiwoo Cheonwang is back. The hit KOMSCO bullion medallion series returns for the fifth time with a new design - one sure to please collectors of this series. Depicting a fabled God of War from the regions ancient mythology of the third millennium BCE, Chiwoo (or Chiyou) remains a popular cultural figure on the Korean Peninsula to this day. The bullion medallion is eagerly awaited, and not just within the borders of Korea, but [...]

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

2020 YOU & ME (MINT OF POLAND)

By |2020-05-22T21:52:03+01:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: QLM, Culture, Coloured, Silver, Cameroon, Mint of Poland|

There's no shortage of coins touting the themes of love and romance. Hearts, doves and the like have been a perpetual theme in the numismatic world, but it's good to see some unusual interpretations appear from time to time, like this new issue from the Mint of Poland. It eschews the traditional artistic tropes for a modern art style - one you'll either love or hate. I'm not sure how well it [...]

2020 TITANS: PROMETHEUS (NUMISCOLLECT)

By |2020-05-17T23:35:34+01:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Culture, History, Silver, Cook Islands, Numiscollect|

The second of Numiscollect's brilliant 'Titans' series of 3oz silver coins is now available to preorder, so we've decided to put together a guide to not just that series, but the three other ranges emanating from this Dutch producer. Some of our favourite coins issued today, there's sure to be something that impresses everyone in amongst them. LINKS: COIN SERIES PROFILE TO THE RANGES

Mint of Poland launches Tonatiuh, the first in its ‘Sun Gods’ series of 2oz silver coins

By |2020-05-13T22:12:03+01:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Culture, History, Inserts, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

Despite a seemingly endless wave of ancient history coins from the Mint of Poland, it's become apparent that the imagination of those old civilisations was even greater. The mint continues to work its way through the myriad deities brought to life in those times, and has now turned its attention to the fascinating Mesoamerican world of the Aztecs. The first issue in a series called simply 'Sun Gods' this latest coin depicts the Aztec god [...]

Load More Posts