World Mint News & World Coins

Coin news and information about coins and collecting products from the U.S. Mint and other World Mints, including the UK Royal Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Perth Mint of Australia, the Royal Australian Mint, the Austrian Mint, and more.

The Royal Mint has developed a distinct collection of 18 silver proof coins celebrating the history of British motorcars. The Classic British Motorcars Silver Proof Collection includes coins featuring British cars manufactured during the first seven decades of the twentieth century.

Four of the eighteen coins in the 'Classic British Motorcars Silver Proof Collection'

The limited edition silver coins bear designs of world favorite cars from 1906 to the 1970s, like the Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and the iconic Mini. Several Royal Mint promoted features of the collection include:

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Silver and gold coins were issued Wednesday by Ireland’s Central Bank to commemorate the adventurous feats by Antarctic explorers Earnest Shackleton and Tom Crean, and celebrate the International Polar Year.

Ireland Antarctic Explorers Coins

The proof collector €5 and €100 coins feature the two historic Irish explorers with their ship ‘The Endurance’ backdropped within the steel grips of Antarctic ice.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced new five rupee coins to commemorate Gandhi’s ’75 Years of Dandi March’ and social reformer ‘Mahatma Basaveshwara’. In 1930 and to protest a British-imposed salt tax, Gandhi led Indians in a non violent, 400 km (249 mi) Dandi Salt March. The journey began in Sabarmati Ashram on March 12 […]

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The Royal Mint revealed on Wednesday limited edition silver, gold and base metal £2 coins to commemorate the successful bid of London 2012 and mark the Olympic handover from Beijing.

2008 Olympic Games Handover Coins

The coins are the first legal tender UK coinage to display the London 2012 logo and the first to show the Olympic emblem.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said:

 

"The sale of mementoes of this kind are a tradition of the Olympic and Paralympic movement and one that London 2012 and the Royal Mint will continue with the release of over the four years leading up to the 2012 Games."

 

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Exhibit will be replaced by “Money of the Civil War” in October "The Medal Is the Message: Global Ideas in Handheld Sculpture," an innovative exhibit at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, is closing on Sept. 15, and will be replaced by "A House Divided: Money of the Civil War," opening on Oct. 9. "Global […]

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The Central Bank of Malta has issued limited minted €10 silver and €50 gold proof coins that portray the theme of "Auberge de Castille," and are the first coins for collectors to be denominated in euro. The reverse or tails side of the coins portrays the porch of the Auberge de Castille, a 1574 landmark […]

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Swedish 1632 Gustav II Adolf gold Dukat gold coinIn an unusual case, a judge decided that one of five stolen Swedish rare coins purchased at a garage sale — a Swedish 1632 Gustav II Adolf gold Dukat — would be returned to the daughter of the woman who bought them, and not to the owner’s estate who received the other four.

 

“This case raises squarely the conflict between two principles, protection of property and protection of commercial transactions,” said British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler who ruled to split the coins.

 

To better understand Justice Butler’s decision, background information provided in the case offers an excellent history of events.

Coins purchased in garage sale

Marina Ovsenek was on her way to a cancer treatment with her daughter, Stephanie Manning, when they happened by a garage sale sign. They decided to stop, and Ms. Ovsenek bought a box containing five gold-colored coins and a brooch for $5.

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The Perth Mint has pulled away the curtains to unveil the new and unique 2009 Australian Kangaroo gold coin design. The Australian Government official, legal tender bullion coins are struck in 99.99% pure gold, carry a guarantee in weight and purity, and include eight fractional sizes with two different reverse designs.

2009 Australian Kangaroo Gold Coins

The series of 8 coins are minted for both investors and collectors and will be released October 1, 2008 for worldwide distribution.

The obverse or heads side of the gold coins depict Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz reverse design portrays a kangaroo with a ‘joey’ in its pouch with a representation of the Southern Cross constellation and the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star in the background.

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Coin collectors will be the only people to appreciate the Czech 50-heller coin after Sunday, August 31. The Czech National Bank (CNB) has announced that their country’s smallest denominated coin will no longer be legal tender starting in September.   "The main reason for this decision is that 50-heller coins are ceasing to fulfill their […]

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The Royal Australian Mint has launched three new websites with each sporting a different theme and coin products. The offerings range from commemorative coins honoring the centenary of Sir Donald Bradman’s birth and the 25th anniversary of Australia II’s win in the American’s Cup, to an exclusive club membership with product discounts.

$5 Donald Bradman Coin and 50 Cent 25th Anniversary of Australia II's Victory Coin

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