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.

Latest 2008 Royal Canadian Mint offerings include Chinese Lunar Zodiac hologram gold and cameo silver coins, silver and gold Moon Mask coins, Vignettes of Royalty (King George V) silver coins, silver Queen of Spades Playing Card coin, silver Sapphire and Amethsyst Crystal Snowflake coins, Holiday Carolling silver coins, 50 cent Holiday Snowman, and NHL© coins.

Royal Canadian Mint Latest 2008 Coin Products

Ottawa, Ontario, October 1, 2008 — The Royal Canadian Mint today issued its latest release of collector coins and gift products for 2008—just in time for the holiday season. Examples from this impressive selection include: gold and silver coins celebrating the Year of the Ox; new gold and silver Moon Mask coins; an ultra-high relief King George V Vignettes of Royalty $15 silver coin; a new 99.99% pure silver Holiday Carols coin; as well as innovative keepsakes honouring Canada’s beloved NHL© teams, featuring team jerseys, dual image logos and goalie masks. The public can purchase these new products as of today.

 

"As the Royal Canadian Mint continues to celebrate its centennial year, we are proud to issue new products showcasing the creativity, quality and innovation which have been our hallmarks since 1908," said President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, Ian E. Bennett.

"Collectors and gift givers alike will find many exciting choices among the collector coins and gift products offered just in time for the holiday and hockey seasons."

 

Here are the highlights of the Mint’s newest selection of products:

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China will commemorate their historic first spacewalk with legal tender silver and gold coins, The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced on Monday. The Central Bank said 60,000 one-ounce silver and 30,000 one-third ounce gold coins would be minted by the Shenyang Mint and issued on October 8, 2008. The obverse (heads side) of each […]

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The number of counterfeit £1 coins in circulation has doubled in the last five years, according to new figures released by the Royal Mint and reported by the BBC. Two percent or 1 in 50 pound coins are fake, and based on production, that would account for some 30 million counterfeit £1s circulating. In its […]

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The British Royal Mint has announced the latest series of commemorative coins celebrating Prince Charles’ 60th birthday. The design is rather unusual in that both sides of the coin bear a prominent head portrait — Prince Charles and his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, making it a “two-headed” coin. In early 2008, the Royal Mint released […]

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Bulgaria silver commemorative 100th anniversary coinThe Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) announced on Monday it had issued a silver coin celebrating the 100th anniversary since the country’s independence proclamation. On September 22, 1908, Bulgaria proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire and became a sovereign kingdom.

The issue is only the second in Bulgarian history to commemorate its independence. The first was in 1912 with the release of two gold coins. The newest commemorative incorporates some of the same design as the older coins.

According to BNB, the 100 anniversary coin has a face value of BGN 10, is composed of .925 silver, weighs 23.33 grams, and has a diameter of 38.61 millimeters. The coins are minted in proof condition, and limited to 5,000.

Sofia News Agency quoted Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev during the coin presentation ceremony as saying:

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Sand from the Great Pyramid of Giza has been encapsulated within silver and gold commemorative coins featuring the Wonders of the Modern World.

Wonders of the Mondern World Gold Coin

The 2008 proof commemoratives were minted on behalf of the Isle of Man Government by the Pobjoy Mint, who has become known for their innovative approach to modern coin issues, and minted the world’s first pyramid shaped coin in 2007.

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The Royal Australian Mint officially launched its latest collector coin commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Sir Donald Bradman’s birth on 27 August 1908. The $5 uncirculated coin captures "The Don" in a familiar pose, saluting the crowd after scoring another century.   "We are proud to release this collector coin which celebrates what would have […]

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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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