World Mint News & World Coins

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Japan Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga announced in a press conference Tuesday the themes and designs for the Kyoto and Shimane Prefectures ¥1,000 and ¥500 commemorative coins. The Kyoto design features a scene from "The Tale of Genji," the literary romantic classic set in Kyoto and written by Murasaki Shikibu in the eleventh century. The Shimane […]

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Weighing in at an arm-wrenching 44.2 pounds (20.08 kg) and a gigantic arm-circling 44.6 inches (116.3 cm), the word’s largest silver coin, named the Europe Taler 2008, was unveiled at this year’s European Championship of Football in Austria and Switzerland.

Europe Taler 2008 silver coin

Using the current silver spot price of $16.62 per troy ounce, that makes the coin worth about $23,600 in bullion value alone.

If that’s still a little hefty in price… and in weight for you, smaller coins with nearly 4 ounces (120 grams) of fine silver and a diameter of 2.4 inches (6 cm) will be available soon for the price of € 108 (~$168) plus VAT.

The coins will have a limited mintage set to 2,008. As a bonus, packaging of the coin includes "unique pieces from 500-year old wood."

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The Perth Mint of Australia announces an array of beautiful 2008 collector coins for worldwide release. The striking of the new silver and gold coins include: First Australian Koala Proof Series, 90th Anniversary of the End of World War I, 2008 Good Fortune Gold Proofs, Christmas Island Silver Proofs, Prince of Wales 60th Birthday Silver […]

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The Royal Canadian Mint received a welcome accolade from its peers when the Mint Directors Conference, holding its 25th annual meeting in Busan, Korea, presented it with the Most Technologically Advanced Circulation Coin Award for its 25-cent breast cancer coloured circulation coin. This is the second honour earned by this inspirational and innovative circulation coin, […]

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The British Royal Mint has announced the sale of the extremely limited 2008 UK Queen Elizabeth I £5 Piedfort Platinum Proof Coin, and only days after releasing the four-coin silver proof Piedforts.

The 2008 UK Silver Proof Piedfort Four-Coin Collection

The platinum coin, like its sister silver version, has the piedfort-style double weight and thickness. It’s on sale for a whopping £5250 (~$10,264 USD). Too high? Set aside the coin’s beauty and consider only its limited 150 issuance and 3 ounce platinum content. You might just reconsider.

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View Larger Map The Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN) introduced new 10 cordobas coins Monday that will circulate with the country’s 10 cordobas bill. The golden coin’s obverse depicts Nicaraguan national hero Andres Castro, who is said to have used a rock in the legendary Battle of San Jacinto in 1856 when his arms jammed. […]

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The Royal Mint launched their very limited 2008 UK Silver Proof Piedfort Four-Coin Collection for £249.95 (~$490 USD). Piedfort coins are unique with their contrasting double weight and thickness. The name ‘Piedfort’ (Pee-ay-fore) actually comes from the French word meaning "heavy measure."

The 2008 UK Silver Proof Piedfort Four-Coin Collection

The four coin silver proof collection includes the £1 coin bearing a fresh rendition of the Royal Arms, and this year’s three commemorative coins:

  • £5 pieces honouring the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I
  • £5 pieces honouring the 60th birthday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and
  • the bi-colour £2 coin marking the centenary of the Olympic Games held in London in 1908

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1603 Sword and Sceptre gold coinArcheologists at a Colony of Avalon dig site uncovered a Scottish Sword and Sceptre gold coin dated 1601.

The 22-karat coin was worth six pounds, weighs about 5 grams, and was discovered in an area of the dig believed to be from the earliest years of the colony.

A news release by The Colony of Avalon Foundation said it is the first ever whole gold coin found at the dig site, located at the southern shores of Ferryland, Newfoundland.

Coins of these type were issued during the reign of King James VI of Scotland two years before he ascended the throne of England as King James I.

According to the Colony of Avalon website, the area has a history of over 500 years, with Beothuk Indians, migratory fishermen from western Europe, and European settlers who first began to arrive in 1621. The colony was founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, that year.

Archeologist Jim Tuck told CBC Radio.

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The Perth Mint struck and launched a silver proof commemorative coin celebrating the 25th anniversary of Australia II, which became the first challenger ever to win the America’s Cup on 26 September 1983.

The Australian legal tender coin is made of 99.9% pure silver, contains one full ounce, and has a very limited mintage ceiling of 5,000.

Australia II 25th Anniversary Commemorative Silver Coin

The very attractive coin comes with a unique piece of history — a fragment of sailcloth taken from Australia II’s genoa, and worn as she crossed the finish line at the end of the decisive seventh race.

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Federal Mint Swissmint has launched a new several year commemorative coin series celebrating historical mountain railways. The first commemorative out of the gate is the 20 Swiss franc silver coin, the "Vitznau-Rigi Railway," honoring Europe’s first mountain railway.

Swiss Silver Commemorative Coin "Vitznau-Rigi Railway"

Artist Benno K. Zehnder designed the coin and portrays the cog railway on the Rigi in the form of a playing card. Separated by letters ascending to the right is a modern railway engine and under the "Vitznau-Rigi Railway" heading is a historical steam engine.

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