The Royal Mint’s annual Lunar bullion program continues with 2017 coins marking the Year of the Rooster. It is the fourth round of coins to be issued in the Royal Mint’s Lunar series, which started with the 2014 Year of the Horse, followed by the Year of the Sheep in 2015 and Year of the Monkey coins in 2016.
To make new coins, the Royal Dutch Mint went back in time. The Netherland’s second official commemorative coins of 2016 mark the 500th anniversary of the death of painter Jheronimus (Hieronymus) Bosch. The coins are part of a larger program of festivities marking 2016 as the Year of Jheronimus Bosch.
There’s a new silver bullion coin, and it has ancient roots. The Pobjoy Mint on Oct. 3 is launching a Reverse Proof 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar on behalf of the British Virgin Islands government, featuring the famous Greek mythological horse, Pegasus.
For a time the Dutch ruled the seas, their merchant vessels sailing far and wide in the name of the kingdom. A silver medal in Nomos Ag’s Oct. 7 auction in Zurich recalls the sailing dominance of the Dutch and a shipwreck and recovery efforts from that time period. The medal is part of a broad collection of European medals from 1513 to 1788 offered in the auction.
The hunter and hunted are joined together on the design of a 2017 gold coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. The reverse of the Proof .9999 fine gold 25 cents — the third in a four-coin Predator vs. Prey series — features a design by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik.
For the fifth year in a row, the Royal Mint will issue a £5 coin for Alderney to honor the sacrifice and spirit celebrated on Remembrance Day. The 2016 coin, as with earlier coins, will show the poppy — a widely recognized symbol of remembrance — to honor servicemen and women who have lost their lives in times of war.
A rare coin board established a new price record during an eBay auction that closed Sept. 20. According to specialist and author David Lange, who has tracked the coin collecting board market for years, the rare Earl & Koehler brand coin board sold for $569, more than twice what a similar example sold for previously in a private sale.
Four years after Bahamas’ athletes secured gold at the London Olympics, the Bahamas is honoring the feat with coinage. The Pobjoy Mint has issued a pair of coins showcasing the “Golden Knights,” the nickname for the Bahamas’ 2012 Olympic Gold medallists.
Coin World explores how to liberate coins from their plastic tombs, engaging in a little "slab surgery" with power tools to remove replica coins from our guinea pig holders.
The Hungarian Central Bank is celebrating a milestone for the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden with two 2016 coins. The Brilliant Uncirculated nickel-brass 2,000-forint and Proof silver 10,000-forint coins honor the zoo’s 150th anniversary. Both coins are rectangular in shape with a vertical format emphasizing some of the animals found in the zoo.