Ukraine continues to draw numismatic support for its defence, with issues from Mint XXI and T&S Coin

The war in Ukraine rumbles on, with the Ukrainian people still fighting the good fight to get back their country from a completely unnecessary invasion by the Russian Federation. Rapidly heading toward 900 days since it started, the ‘3-day war’ shows no signs of imminent closure, and the death toll on both sides continues to rise. The amount of death and destruction wrought by just a handful of people in the Russian government is heartbreaking, but there are signs the Russian people have had enough of it. We can only hope,

There have been quite a few coins issued in support of Ukraine, and the two main producers have been T&S Coin, who have a Ukrainian designer, and even larger, from Mint XXI, who again, have links to Ukraine. What’s most pleasing about the support is the universally high standard of the coins. We’ve seen a few aftermarket-coloured bullion coins, a whole coin type we don’t bother with here, but the coins put out by these two producers are some of the best we’ve seen of any subject, and on many of them, all the profits are donated straight back to Ukraine. The selection of six issues below includes a pair issued this week, and some released earlier this year that we haven’t covered yet. They employ different angles to cover the war, and there’s sure to be something you like.

2024 CHERVONA KALINA (T&S COIN)

The latest coin to issue from rising star, T&S Coin is this beautiful, hopeful design symbolising the incredible spirit of the Ukrainian people. Indeed, symbolism is strong with this one. The Elder tree, the national flora of Ukraine, takes pride of place with gilded and coloured highlights.

Above ground, the tree, replete with birds, provides shelter for a family. The young boy is reaching up for elderberries, while the woman waters the life-giving tree. A man, in military garb, and carrying a shield, protects them, with a very young girl nestled in close to him. Sunflowers sprout from the ground all around, a symbol even more associated with Ukraine than the Elder in the eyes of many, especially Ukrainians.

Under the ground, the gilded roots of the tree snake through a soil formed from expended military hardware, like grenades, mines, and Russian ‘Z’ helmets. It’s a potent image, sending the message that life and Mother Earth, will always win out against conflict and oppression. A wonderful design. The obverse is the common one T&S use for all their coins, which differ only in the title of the coin at the top, and the issuing details on the shield. It’s all quite beautiful. The coin comes boxed with a COA, and has a mintage of 500 units.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
CHERVONA KALINA 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 45.0 mm Antique, Gilding 500

2024 ARMY OF DRONES (MINT XXI)

If there’s one lesson to be drawn from the Ukraine conflict by the world’s militaries, it’s that drones are here to stay, and a game changer. These small, cheap, and easily deployed devices are terrifying tanks, ships, infantry, and civilian centres alike, not only on the battlefield, but also hundreds of kilometres behind it. The very definition of a force multiplier.

The coin is superb, with a pair of fully kitted out operators in the foreground, popped out of the background with some well-chosen high relief, and a coloured background in Ukrainian colours showing drones over a wheat field. The obverse is a striking stylised mix of an eagle, assault rifles, and a trident.

Another two-ounce coin, it has a mintage of 1,000 units, and comes boxed with a COA. Like all the Mint XXI coins below, all the profits from the sale of this coin will be donated to Ukrainian military and humanitarian efforts.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
ARMY OF DRONES 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 50.0 mm Antique, Colour 1,000

2024 BATTLE OF KYIV (MINT XXI)

The original target for Russian forces back in February 2022, it was believed by the Putin Regime that the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, would fall in just a few days. A Kilometre’s long armoured column spread along the road from Belarus to Kyiv, and all was thought lost. However, it was a farcical invasion, with heavily compromised logistics, and failed airborne assaults, leading to an eventual withdrawal.

Fortunately, apart from missile and drone attacks, Kyiv has remained relatively unmolested since, a testament to the original defenders. However, atrocities in many villages near to the capital stand as a stark indictment of Russian military doctrine. The coin reverse does a fine job depicting urbane combat, with tank obstacles, destroyed brick walls, sandbags, and a civilian throwing a Molotov cocktail. A coloured shield with St Michael, the Patron of Kyiv, sits at the bottom.

We really like the obverse, showing us a relief map of the Western approach to Kyiv where the fighting took place. The coin is antiqued, and issued for Ghana. A terrific atmospheric coin, with a fine use of high-relief. All profits will be donated to support Ukrainian military and humanitarian efforts.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
BATTLE OF KYIV 10 Cedis (Ghana) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 50.0 mm Antique, Colour 999

2024 UKRAINIAN FALCONS (MINT XXI)

As a nut for military hardware, I took a particular shining to this one. It features the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, a low-cost US fighter aircraft that has been built in huge numbers (over 4,500), and sold around the world. It’s been in service for 46 years, and is much liked by its pilots, and the air forces that utilise them. It’s still purchased new by many countries, although the US have moved over to the F-35 now,

Despite that, the US still used hundreds of them, and there are almost 2,200 still operational around the world. Some of the operators are also moving over to the F-35 Lightning II, leaving a surplus of early F16 variants. As a result, countries like Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway, have pledged them to Ukraine. Some 85 aircraft in total. As a lightweight, flexible, easily maintained aircraft, the F-16 will be a real thorn in the Russian Air Force’s side. Aircraft have not really been a huge factor in this war, mainly due to the proliferation of potent air defence systems, but they have serious strike potential when kitted out with Western missiles,

The coin’s reverse depicts a coloured F-16, a beautiful aircraft, and it’s overlaid on a stylised falcon amidst clouds. A terrific design, really capturing the essence of this aircraft. The obverse shows targetting radar, with three F-16’s closing on a pair of Sukhoi’s. The coin is boxed with a COA, and at an ounce in weight, is one of the more affordable coins here. Again, profits go to Ukraine.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
UKRAINIAN FALCONS 5 Cedis (Cameroon) 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 40.0 mm Proof, Colour 1,000

2024 ST. MICHAEL: PATRON OF KYIV (MINT XXI)

The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, a city over 650 years older than Moscow, is featuring strongly in this batch of coins, nowhere more so than this one. St. Michael the Archangel is a strong figure in numismatics, featuring prominently in many contexts. Here, he features in his role as the Patron of Kyiv, and this well-designed image of him holding the Ukrainian shield is a classic portrayal.

There’s high-relief, of course, and what looks to be some fine quality colouring in the Ukrainian colours, and gilded highlights. His role as the defender of the city is very well realised here. It’s a particularly appropriate symbol, given the constant attacks the city has endured over the last couple of years. The obverse is a complex design, expertly incorporating the Public Seal of Niue, the issuing state.

This is a showcase coin, struck in five ounces of silver, over double that of the next biggest here. As a result, there’s just 500 of these. It goes without saying that it’s attractively presented with a COA, and all profits will be donated to support Ukrainian military and humanitarian efforts

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
PATRON OF KYIV $10 NZD (Niue) 155.5 g of 0.999 silver 65.0 mm Antique, Colour, Gilding 500

2024 THE LAND OF FREEDOM CRYPTO (MINT XXI)

The latest Mint XXI coin here, this one is actually a re-issue of one that debuted in 2022, and is part of the producer’s prolific United Crypto States range. We last covered this range last September, when we looked at the seventh issue. This is the eleventh, and the first time a design has been re-used, although for good reason.

The unique feature of these coins is the hologram on the back, underneath which is a crypto token (private key). They’ve done one with Dogecoin, and one with Ethereum, but the rest have all utilised Bitcoin, and that’s the case here. The obverse design remains basically the same across the range, featuring the rampant dragon and unicorn either side of the UCS hologram shield.

The reverse face is themed around a sunflower viewed from above. The plant is a strong emblem of Ukraine, representing life and prosperity. Like the obverse, the seeded part of the flower is ruthenium plated, and it’s surrounded by a gilded petal rim. Sitting in the centre is a heavily textured and gilded view of Ukraine as it was in the 1990s.

It’s all a little blingy, but it is striking, and again, all profits will be donated to support Ukrainian military and humanitarian efforts. It comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
LAND OF FREEDOM 1,000 Satoshi (Bitcoin) 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 40.0 mm Proof, Ruthenium, Gilding 1,000