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.

by Hillel Fendel ( More than a year after it was first announced, the Bank of Israel has issued a new 2-shekel coin on Sunday – the first change in Israeli currency in nearly 20 years. Children will undoubtedly introduce it into the popular Chanukah game of spinning a top called a dreidel, in which […]

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The world’s first pyramid shaped coin makes its debut today. The three-sided coin is so uniquely shaped that you wouldn’t carry it around in your pocket. You certainly could, if you didn’t mind the pointed edges poking your thighs. And the new coin is legal tender by the Isle of Man government. However, it’s not […]


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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London is the host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012. Billions will be spent on infrastructure and other improvements in supporting the Olympic Games. To hit timelines and get ready for the games, construction work has already begun. That work has resulted in interesting archeological discoveries while digging for the planned […]


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 […]


In a sad twist of irony, newer import policy has stopped or severely restricted a number of ancient coins from entering the U.S., but at the same time lead-coated toys and dog-killing food entered too easily. No one questions that the latter should never happen again. And certainly, safeguards should be implemented to help prevent […]

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It’s a Sen-sible move. The cost of the Malaysia one Sen coin is too much to bear compared to the value of its use. Similar to the U.S. Lincoln penny, Malaysia’s smallest coin costs more to make than its worth and its buying power has made the coin less attractive in day-to-day usage. While the […]


An old 1776 Spanish coin was found in a Nashville Cemetery when a sunken footstone was being raised for restoration purposes. The location and type of coin – once commonly known as a "piece of eight" or, for Western TV watchers, a "peso" – makes the discovery rather unique. However, don’t expect future treasure announcements […]