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May, 2016

NORSE GODS by (2015) MDM Deutsche Munze

By |2021-10-30T21:46:25+01:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: , |

Ancient gods have spawned a healthy new selection of numismatics over the last couple of years, featuring deities worshipped in ancient times. Fortunately in those polytheistic times, there were no shortage of gods and thus no shortage of subjects for new coins. Equally fortunately, most of them are resplendent with striking imagery and fascinating stories of their origins and adventures. First choices are usually the Roman or Greek gods, but we think the Norse [...]

April, 2016

New silver coin in the nine-coin Norse Gods series surfaces online, featuring Mrs Odin

By |2016-11-05T06:31:01+00:00April 28th, 2016|Categories: Art & Literature, Silver, Cook Islands|

One of the bigger sets of coins featuring Norse mythology, the nine-coin Norse Gods series debuted last September with a pair depicting the two big guns, Odin and Thor. The second pair arrived in November and featured two lesser deities, Hel and Tyr. February saw some more high profile Asgardians, Heimdall and Loki, so with six coins already out there, we're down to the last three. First of those to break [...]

February, 2016

Late to the party but in with style, the Perth Mint releases Odin, the first Norse Gods coin

By |2016-11-05T06:31:13+00:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: Art & Literature, Silver, Perth Mint, Tuvalu|

Without question, one of the biggest trends in the latter half of last year was the surge in popularity of coins featuring ancient mythology. More specifically, gods. Even more specifically, Odin. Kicked off in style with the superb Legends of Asgard 3 oz max-relief coin from Choice Mint, it was swiftly followed by a nine-coin series called Norse Gods, a coin from Gainesville struck by the Helvetic Mint, and a fifteen-coin [...]

Norse Gods series of Cook Islands coins continues with Heimdall and the God of Mischief, Loki

By |2016-11-05T06:31:16+00:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Silver, Cook Islands|

Back in September 2015, amidst a run of new coins featuring the old Norse deities, a new nine-coin series of antiqued silver coins debuted called Norse Gods. Despite the launch  being blunted somewhat by a plethora of similarly themed coins also announced in the same timeframe, so many in fact that we ran an Ancient Gods Week to cover them all, the coins cool design and relatively cheap price in what [...]

November, 2015

Norse Gods series of nine coins sees its third and fourth release, Hel and Tyr

By |2016-11-05T06:31:31+00:00November 13th, 2015|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Silver, Cook Islands|

It was just two short month's ago that a new nine-coin series of antiqued silver coins debuted called Norse Gods. The launch of a pair of attractive and reasonably priced coins was blunted somewhat by the sheer number of similarly themed coins also announced in the same timeframe, so many in fact that we ran an Ancient Gods Week to cover them all. The first duo depicted possibly the [...]

September, 2015

The New Zealand Mint re-enters the ancient mythology scene with a series featuring its beasts

By |2016-11-05T06:31:43+00:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Art & Literature, Culture, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Our Ancient Gods Week may be over, but the genre continues to see new entrants. This time we see one of the originators of the modern trend for ancient mythology series, the New Zealand Mint, head back with a different take on the concept. Instead of featuring the main gods and beings that make up the great ancient pantheons, the mint has taken the concept off centre and aimed itself at some of the [...]

January, 2016

Gainesville Coins Heidi Wastweet designed Odin coin is finally shipping. New images now up

By |2016-11-05T13:21:14+00:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: News|

Back last September as part of our Ancient Gods week, we covered a new Odin coin, the first of a four-coin set, from US coin dealer Gainesville. Designed by noted coin sculptor Heidi Wastweek, the original artwork looked quite excellent, especially the enhancements made to what is usually a dull obverse on a coin issued for Niue. The full post can be viewed HERE, so we're not going to go over all the details [...]

September, 2022

PMC adds three new major figures from history to its extraordinary series of shaped silver bust coins

By |2022-09-26T14:30:24+01:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: History, People, Silver, Chad, Precious Metal Collectors|

PMC adds three new major figures from history to its extraordinary series of shaped silver bust coins Shaped coins seem to be surging in popularity, especially as the commemorative coin industry increasingly moves towards acceptance this is a legitimate form of art, rather than just an offshoot of circulating currency. There are simple shaped coins, of course, like a standard coin in relief, and then there are those that embrace the [...]

August, 2022

Mysteries of the World: Tutankhamun Mask 2oz silver coin (2022 World Coin Appreciation)

By |2022-08-15T20:46:38+01:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Quicklooks, History, Gilded, People, Silver, Niue Island, World Coin Appreciation|

Last year, World Coin Appreciation debuted the first in its new series with the title, 'Mysteries of the World Latitude 30 North'. It's unusually specific, and clever, showcasing some of the great ancient cultures that have existed along, or near, the 30th Parallel North. There are quite a few, and the first issue was a very striking mask from China's Shu culture, discovered around Sanxingdui , and dating back 3,000 years. We loved [...]

May, 2022

Site updates to guides and profiles for late April and early May

By |2022-05-09T14:47:57+01:00May 9th, 2022|Categories: News Nuggets, Site Update|

Site updates to guides and profiles for late April and early May A quick update of our updates. There are many small ones not outlined here, but these are the main additions to our existing guides. It's important to let you know that once these profiles and guides are published, they aren't just left to languish and die, but are actively renewed on a regular basis. In some cases, like the [...]

March, 2022

Hercules continues hacking his way through the world’s of myth with a coin marking his sixth task – the Stymphalion Birds

By |2022-03-21T10:18:18+00:00March 21st, 2022|Categories: Art & Literature, History, Gilded, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

Hercules continues hacking his way through the world's of myth with a coin marking his sixth task - the Stymphalion Birds Powering their way through an ancient tale describing the twelve tasks of the demi-god, Hercules, the Mint of Poland, in conjunction with Coin Shoppe and Magikos Coins, have now launched the sixth of twelve two-ounce, high-relief silver coins featuring them. Issued on a one-per-annum basis, this has been a first-class [...]

March, 2021

Stunning ‘Dantes Inferno’ coin followed up by the last book in the ‘Divine Comedy’ trilogy, ‘Paradiso’

By |2021-03-02T21:01:09+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Art & Literature, Silver, Cameroon, MintXXI|

Stunning 'Dantes Inferno' coin followed up by the last book in the 'Divine Comedy' trilogy, 'Paradiso' One of our highlights of 2020, Dante's Inferno by Mint XXI was a stunning five-ounce silver coin that managed to encapsulate the first of Alighieri Dante's 'Divine Comedy' trilogy, perfectly. Lashings of high-relief, packed with detail and with a terrific obverse effigy of the 14th century Italian writer, the coin was a beautiful example of [...]

February, 2021

Mint XXI pays tribute to the Japanese celestial sun goddess, Amaterasu, with an elegant new coin

By |2021-02-10T14:47:27+00:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Gilded, Silver, MintXXI, Niue Island|

Mint XXI pays tribute to the Japanese celestial sun goddess, Amaterasu, with an elegant new coin The next coin we're looking at from Mint XXI's World Money Fair release run is probably our favourite. The second in a series called 'Divine Faces of the Sun' it showcases the japanese Shinto goddess of the sun, Amaterasu. This is only the second time we've seen this deity on a coin, the first from [...]

August, 2019

ANA 2019: Numiscollect debuts the ‘Wheel of Life’ on its latest Archaeology & Symbolism coin

By |2019-08-08T22:50:05+01:00August 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture, History, Gilded, Silver, Cook Islands, Mongolia, Numiscollect|

ANA 2019: Numiscollect debuts the 'Wheel of Life' on its latest Archaeology & Symbolism coin As much as we love the ancient mythology coins that have been issued over the last few years, it's always great to see something set in a similar world, but with a decidedly different focus. In 2017, Dutch producer Numiscollect issued a beautiful Aztec Calendar 3oz antiqued silver coin. A micro reproduction [...]

April, 2019

Take me to your dealer! 1950’s inspired alien invasion UFO silver coin lands on Earth

By |2019-04-23T23:17:40+01:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Inserts, Silver, Chad|

[Exclusive!] Take me to your dealer! 1950's inspired alien invasion silver coin lands on Earth While we all love the inventive and ultra high quality ancient mythology coins that are emanating from CIT and the Mint of Poland, it's cool to have something different land in our laps from time to time. The antique-finished, two ounce rimless silver coin format is an excellent one, not just for [...]

April, 2018

Mint of Poland debuts a new mythology series based around the 12 labours of Hercules

By |2018-04-09T22:44:35+01:00April 9th, 2018|Categories: Art & Literature, Gilded, Silver, Mint of Poland, Niue Island|

Mint of Poland debuts a new mythology series based around the Twelve labours of Hercules The Mint of Poland is adding to its quite sublime selection of ancient mythology coin ranges with a new series chronicling the fabled twelve labours of the Greek divine hero, Hercules. One of the most widely known tales of the ancient world, they have propelled Hercules into becoming one of the greatest [...]

December, 2017

After last years superb Thors Hammer coin, Numiscollect choose Aegis, the Shield of Athena for 2018

By |2017-12-19T11:58:09+00:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: Art & Literature, Silver, Cook Islands, Numiscollect|

After last years superb Thors Hammer coin, Numiscollect choose Aegis, the Shield of Athena for 2018 The second of Dutch coin producer Numiscollect's new ancient mythology coins is a different beast to the Chimera coin we covered last week. Whereas that was the first in a new series featuring the animals of mythology, this is the second coin in the Mythology series that showcases legendary artifacts from [...]

July, 2017

The ANA show in Denver is coming up and snippets of new releases are starting to appear

By |2017-07-14T16:14:34+01:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: Marketwatch|

The ANA show in Denver is coming up and snippets of new releases are starting to appear The American Numismatic Association will be holding their showpiece event, the World's Fair of Money, in Denver for 2017. Taking place between the 1-5 August at the Colorado Convention Center, they're billing it as showcasing more than $1 billion of "historic rare coins and colorful currency including $100,000 bills and [...]

March, 2017

Perth Mint Compass. AgAUNEWS video now up of this attractive new antiqued coin

By |2017-03-01T14:36:19+00:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Gilded, Inserts, Science, Silver, Perth Mint, Tuvalu|

Perth Mint Compass. AgAUNEWS video now up of this attractive new antiqued coin With the Perth Mint seemingly sticking to its usual diet of bullion coin variants (proof/coloured/gilded etc) and the gift market, the desire to experiment looks to be on the wane at this collector favourite giant of commemorative coins. Having pretty much reinvented the antique gods genre of numismatics with its seminal Zeus coin and [...]

February, 2017

MDM nears the end of its UHR Legends & Myths series with the Wizard and the Phoenix

By |2017-02-23T10:14:36+00:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Art & Literature, News Nuggets, Silver, MDM, Solomon Islands|

MDM nears the end of its UHR Legends & Myths series with the Wizard and the Phoenix Unusual in eschewing the antique finish so prevalent in the ancient mythology genre of modern coins, MDM's new five-coin Legends and Myths series is rapidly working its way to its conclusion. Coins three and four of the set are now available to order despite the debut only coming last [...]

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