May, 2020

Mint 21’s outstanding 2019 Spartan Hoplite coin is followed by a Viking Axeman for 2020

By |2020-05-21T02:19:30+01:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: History, Coloured, Military, Silver, Cameroon, Mint21|

After a stellar 2019 with the debut of some very fine new coins, Mint 21 has continued the quality streak with some great new releases so far this year, and we're also starting to see some follow-ups to some of last years issues. Our favourite Mint21 issue to date has been the stunning Spartan Hoplite design, the first in a new series simply called Legendary Warriors. We've eagerly awaited a sequel and it's now here [...]

The stunning World War II memorial statue in Russia’s Rhzev is showcased on a new silver coin

By |2020-05-10T13:56:35+01:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, History, Military, Silver, Central Bank of Russia, Russia|

The fight against Nazism ended 75 years ago, and there have been commemorations around the world in celebration. It was a worldwide conflictof course, and we're certainly not going to get drawn into the distasteful debate on which nation did the most, but it's fair to say the former Soviet Union took an inordinately brutal level of casualties in the fighting. Russia is also a nation that loves its public memorials, and there are some [...]

April, 2020

Pobjoy and Gibraltar remembers Victory in Europe Day with a fifty pence coin trio

By |2020-05-08T02:14:22+01:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Event, History, Coloured, Military, Silver, Gibraltar, Pobjoy Mint|

Pobjoy and Gibraltar remembers Victory in Europe Day with a fifty pence coin trio After several years of a numismatic commemoration for the centennial events of the First World War, we're now firmly within the realms of the 75th anniversary memorials for the Second. An even bigger swathe of destruction swept around the globe for the rematch, with hardly a region in the world completely untouched. It's [...]

February, 2020

A coin series look at the world’s great sea battles debuts with the pivotal ancient Battle of Salamis

By |2020-02-26T14:24:46+00:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: History, Military, Inserts, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

A coin series look at the world's great sea battles debuts with the pivotal ancient Battle of Salamis A new series from the Mint of Poland, Sea Battles will look at some of history's greatest naval punch-ups, and what better place to start than the pivotal Battle of Salamis. This battle, way back in 490 BCE, helped end Persian ambitions to take the Greek homeland - a base from [...]

General Joseph Haller’s symbolic ride into the sea marked on new Polish silver coin

By |2020-02-19T12:41:31+00:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: News Nuggets, Military, Silver, Narodowy Bank, Poland|

General Joseph Haller's symbolic ride into the sea marked on new Polish silver coin Poland seems to love its history coins more than most and the National Bank of Poland (NBP) issues some quite esoteric examples. There are quite a few centennial coins of late, buoyed by the period around one hundred years ago being one of crucial importance in the foundation of the modern state of Poland and its effect on [...]

January, 2020

Poland commemorates a hundred years of its airforce with a new silver coin issue

By |2020-02-19T02:23:39+00:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Military, Silver, Narodowy Bank, Poland|

Poland commemorates a hundred years of its airforce with a new silver coin issue Quite a few of the Eastern European nations have been releasing commemorative military coins of late, no doubt spurred on by the anniversaries of the First and Second World War having significant dates last year. We were particularly enamoured with this new release from the National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski), which [...]

November, 2019

Czech militaries contribution to the air war against the Axis is remembered on new four-coin set

By |2019-11-11T13:31:20+00:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: History, Military, Gold, Czech Mint, Niue Island|

Czech militaries contribution to the air war against the Axis is remembered on new four-coin set It used to be the case that many thought Britain stood alone against Germany in the early years of the Second World War, but fortunately, the vital contribution of the peoples of fallen countries is now more widely known and appreciated. Pilots, soldiers and sailors from such nations as Poland, France and Czechoslovakia [...]

October, 2019

Inventions of Leonardo four-coin programme concludes with the Renaissance legends prototype tank

By |2019-10-19T01:30:06+01:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: History, News Nuggets, Military, People, Silver, Czech Mint, Niue Island|

Inventions of Leonardo four-coin programme concludes with the Renaissance legends prototype tank One of our favourite series of 2019, the Czech Mints superb 'Inventions of Leonardo' four-coin series has featured some of the incredible contraptions that Leonardo da Vinci envisioned in the pursuit of war. Not a war-monger by any means, he was often pushed into the field by the political situations in this turbulent part of Italian [...]

Russia issues a silver coin to mark a centenary since the birth of famed AK47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov

By |2019-10-15T22:55:49+01:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: Military, People, Silver, Central Bank of Russia, Russia|

Russia issues a silver coin to mark a centenary since the birth of famed AK47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov Born on the 10 November 1919 in Kurya in Russia, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov was the 17th of 19 children and after an early brush with death at aged six, went on to work at a job in a tractor factory where he indulged his passion for mechanics.At the outbreak [...]

September, 2019

Canada wraps up its D-Day numismatic commemoration with an extraordinary one-kilo silver coin

By |2019-09-08T23:28:04+01:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: History, Military, Silver, Canada, Royal Canadian Mint|

Canada wraps up its D-Day numismatic commemoration with an extraordinary one-kilo silver coin We've seen a pretty neat selection of coins so far this year that have marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the French Normandy coast, but few as impressive as this one. Canada has already issued several pieces, but this final issue is the biggest yet, at a full kilo of 0.9999 silver [...]

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