1. Irish government set to scrap small-denomination coins
According to The
Irish Independent, the Irish government is expected
to decide to withdraw one- and two-cent coins from circulation.
After local trials were a "massive success," the
Independent reports, the country's finance minister, Michael
Noonan, is expected to present a memo detailing the withdrawal of the
denominations to Parliament on Tuesday.
Sound familiar? The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank is doing the same thing.
Like the U.S. penny, the Irish one- and two-cent
coins cost more than their face value to produce.
2. Finland announces series of €5 sport coins with attractive features
The Mint of Finland is launching another series of noncirculating €5 collector coins with
a series showcasing sports.
The nine-coin Sports Coins program debuts with a July 6 release of
the first design, celebrating gymnastics, and continues into 2016.
Online presales of the coins begin June 24.
3. Royal Canadian Mint offers gold and silver
option in second set of Prehistoric Animals series
The scimitar cat is the second honoree in the Royal Canadian Mint’s
Prehistoric Animals series.
Check out the gold and silver editions of the coin.
4. Auto mechanic's valuable
error note has gained some major attention
Numerous reports tell of a 36-year-old auto mechanic in Chongqing
named Zheng who has had the note in his pocket for years. Zheng
reportedly received the 100-yuan ($16) note printed in 1999 as part of
See the error note; read the story.
5. Precious metals pricing
the following prices per ounce as of 10:38 a.m. ET Monday:
6. Hot topics
Check out the three most-read stories of the last seven days:
2015 Special Silver Set 'currently unavailable'
from United States Mint
Donald G. Partrick Collection auctions postponed
at consignor's request
How one group is putting $100,000 in dollar and
half dollar coins into circulation
7. Something social