Darrin Lee Unser
In recognition of one of the world's most unique vehicles ever introduced, the British Royal Mint is offering extremely limited 2009 Mini 50th Anniversary Proof Coins struck in gold and silver and in denominations of either £1, £5 or £10. The coins are sure to be a hit with coin collectors and vintage car enthusiasts.
The Mini owes its creation to the fuel rationing of the 1950's in Great Britain. Still recovering from the effects of World War II, fuel supplies were not enough to meet the demand of all the full size cars on the road. Smaller cars like the Volkswagen Beetle were becoming more popular and British manufacturers wanted to compete. Their answer was the British Motor Corporation's Mini.
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, the British Royal Mint has released Robert Burns £2 Silver and Gold Proof Coins. Robert Burns, sometimes called Scotland's favorite son and still known worldwide for his work, was a poet and lyricist in the 1700's.
In a two room cottage (now known as Burns Cottage) in Alloway Scotland, Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759. Robert's mother would often sing traditional Scottish songs to him and his younger brother. His father, who was a firm believer in education, helped to persuade area residents to hire a schoolteacher named John Murdoch for all of their children. Murdoch said that Robert could quickly memorize whole passages of text. This memory would serve him well later in life.
Commemorating one of the world's most memorable events of the late 20th century, the Perth Mint of Australia has created the Fall of the Berlin Wall Silver Proof Coin.
This 99.9% pure silver coin celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall that stood for over 28 years separating East and West Berlin, and which symbolized the separation created by the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, and their allies.