Australian Coinage and Numismatic News

Australian Lunar Series II 2008 Coloured Mouse 1oz Silver Coin images courtesy of Perth Mint)The Chinese calendar offers an intriguing system of time measurement that predates all other calendars. For coin collectors, its yearly changing of themes also makes it well designed for commemorative coins.

February 7 marks the start of the ‘Year of the Rat‘, which occurs once every 12 years. (Several past, present and next occurrence years are, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.)

For this new year, there are several commemorative coins celebrating the event from at least two different countries.

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It’s time for the world Coin of the Year (COTY) voting. The World Coin News sponsored event is running on its 25th year of honoring coinage mints from around the world. This year there’s something different – a brand new category, the "People’s Choice Award".

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Last week was Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s 60th – the Diamond – Wedding Anniversary. Anyone’s 60th wedding anniversary deserves some news time and a shout of congratulations. A royal 60th anniversary is on a completely different scale. And perhaps more so deserved as it was the first diamond wedding anniversary in British royal history. […]


Two firsts meet — Australia’s very first coin and its very first million dollar coin — at the Coinworks Dollars & Dumps Exhibition in Melbourne. The Australian Proof 1930 Penny is valued at more than one million dollars. Alongside the penny, and not to be short-changed by much in comparative uniqueness, if at all, is […]


Last month the Royal Australian Mint had an evening gala where they introduced their 2008 theme and series of coins. The gala was likely a blast, the theme – the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) – a bit of a mouthful, and the coins, well… they were undoubtedly the talk of the party. The […]


The Soviet Union launched Sputnik on October 4, 1957. The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, but it didn’t bounce like one. It’s impact was instead a world-wide event that marked the start of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Setting aside country affiliation and […]


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