ALLEGORIES (2019-) by Germania Mint


ALLEGORIES (2019-) by Germania Mint What better way to expand the notion of Germania as the personification of a historic people than to have her stand alongside other, more well-known examples. Allegories seeks to pair her with the elegant women that symbolise other nations around the world, and there are plenty of them to choose from. The choice of the very well known Britannia to launch the series was a master-stroke, and it's opened up the series to figures that many may be more unfamiliar with. To date, we've seen Britannia, Columbia, Italia, Austria, and [...]

EASTERN CARIBBEAN 8 (2018-) by Scottsdale Mint


EASTERN CARIBBEAN 8 (2018-2022) by Scottsdale Mint Scottsdale have been issuing some great limited run bullion coins over the last few years, such as the Cayman Islands Marlin and Hokusai, The Great Wave and they've now embarked on an eight coin program for release in a single year that will see issues for eight different countries. The eight island nations included in the programme are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. All of the these small island nations share a currency and [...]

GERMANIA (2019-) by Germania Mint


GERMANIA (2019-) by Germania Mint National personifications in female form have a long history with the numismatic world. Marianne in France, Liberty in the USA, Helvetia in Switzerland, Hibernia in Scotland and, of course, the ancient Britannia in the UK, have all come to encapsulate the popular image of a country by using the striking imagery of a woman in classic pose. Now it’s the turn of ancient era Germania to have its past encapsulated by a lady in a dress. Germania has a long history in various forms, the female personification gaining much popularity in [...]

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL (2011-) by the National Bank of Ukraine


ARCHANGEL MICHAEL by the National Bank of Ukraine Not the most commonly known coin, but certainly one worthy of attention, the Archangel Michael is issued by the National Bank of Ukraine and is legal tender in that country. First issued in 2011 in one silver and two gold sizes, they were quickly followed up by two more gold fractionals the following year, to make a full five-coin range. One of the most powerful and respected figures in many religious teachings, the Archangel Michael is considered to be the patron saint and protector of both Ukraine [...]



LIMITED NON-CORE BULLION COIN SERIES by the Perth Mint I think few would disagree with the observation that the last few years has seen a virtual explosion in new bullion coin releases. Whereas we used to have a base of big guns, like the American Eagle and the Maple Leaf, and a scattering of smaller mintage coins (Somali Elephant, Rwandan African Ounce, etc), we now have a huge selection of low mintage issues, often with attractive, annually changing designs. It's arguably the Perth Mint that laid the groundwork, with its combination of highish [...]

AFRICAN BIG FIVE (2019-) by the South African Mint


2019+ AFRICAN BIG FIVE by the South African Mint The African Big Five are a popular subject on coins and foils. Considered the five most dangerous animals on the continent for hunting on foot, each of them stand out in their environment, even the herbivores. The Llion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo are all quite capable of killing humans and frequently do. The Cape Buffalo in particular, seems to have a mean streak a mile wide. The Big Five bullion coin programme was meant to be a simple, but quite intense one. Starting [...]



LIMITED SILVER BULLION SERIES by Scottsdale Mint One of the most prolific and inventive producers of silver and gold bullion coins today, Scottsdale Mint release a wide range of such coins, mostly with a relatively restricted mintage, and most with a design that changes for every issue. Keeping up with the various series and individual issues is a task in itself, so we've put together this overview of the output of legal tender bullion coins from the last few years. Now, this isn't a full on Bullion Coin Profile that we do elsewhere, and [...]

WORLD’S WILDLIFE (2019-) by Emporium Hamburg


WORLD'S WILDLIFE (2019) by Emporium Hamburg There's certainly been an uptick in the number of wildlife-themed bullion series issued for African nations over the last decade. Everything from prehistoric life to all the ecosystems of the world today. Emporium Hamburg have been at the forefriont of that with their hugely popular Somali Elephant (African Ounce) bullion range that's well into double figure releases now, and more recent offerings like the neat Prehistoric Life. In 2019 they added World's Wildlife to the mix, a series issued for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim here [...]

GIANTS OF THE ICE AGE (2019-2022) by Auragentum


2019-2022 GIANTS OF THE ICE AGE by Auragentum While there's always a dinosaur coin series (or two) in progress at any one time, it's extremely rare to see coins featuring life that existed after their extinction some 65 million years ago. That's a shame, as there are some incredible animals over the period. An especially fascinating time was the Pleistocene, an era which saw large megafauna related to modern species, that interacted with many of our own forebears, back to the Neanderthals. German dealer Auragentum launched a bullion coin series in 2019 that is [...]

CHINESE MYTHS & LEGENDS (2017-) by the Perth Mint


2017+ CHINESE MYTHOLOGY by the Perth Mint Similar in theme to their Rectangular Dragon bullion series, one that ironically started around the same time, the Perth Mint's 'Chinese Mythology' series pairs the legendary Chinese dragon with another powerful beast - real or imagined - and has now reached the three issue mark. Like the rectangular series, this one is also available in both silver and gold, although with an extra goody thrown into the mix. The style here is consistent and has at its centre the iconic flaming pearl of Chinese mythology. Two creatures [...]

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