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.
Investment demand during 2016 is expected to expand by 45,000 ounces, to 350,000 ounces in 2016, while specific bar and coin demand is anticipated to dip from 2015 levels, according to the World Platinum Investment Council’s latest quarter report.
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.
Also this week, we profiled the potential of an ancient coin that depicts a structure that still stands, looked back at an unprecedented flood of error notes into U.S. circulation 40 years ago, and got a look at the newly minted 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar.
Start checking those 2014 American Eagle 1-ounce gold bullion coins. You might be lucky enough to come across an example that was struck on an American Buffalo .9999 fine gold $50 planchet instead of the intended American Eagle .9167 fine gold $50 planchet.
Don't have the time or patience to prospect for gold on your own but still want the thrill of owning the hoped for result? Holabird Western Americana is offering multiple lots of gold nuggets, found in locations around the United States, during the Oct. 1 session of its three-day sale Sept. 30 to Oct. 2
The Perth Mint has unveiled designs of its 2017 Lunar bullion coin program. The facility in Western Australia on Sept. 12 began sales of seven silver bullion coins and eight gold bullion coins, all marking 2017 as the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
Sales by the United States Mint of America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars in 2016 are second only to 2011, with one coin still to be released before year's end. Through Sept. 13, sales for the first four 2016 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion coins reached 246,100 coins, or 1,230,500 ounces.
Also this week, the hobby continued to process the groundbreaking discovery of tooling meant for a possible 1964 Morgan dollar, and our Varieties Notebook columnist was sent a 1971 Lincoln, Doubled Die cent that gave him a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Former Coin World Editor Beth Deisher remembers where she was on Sept. 8, 1986. That was the day the West Point Mint hosted a first strike ceremony for the United States’ first 1-ounce gold bullion coin, the $50 American Eagle. And she had a special extra assignment.