Perth Mint releases silver Alice in Wonderland coins: Coin World Buzz

We offer some insight into happenings in the world of numismatics
By , Coin World
Published : 07/08/15
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1. Down the rabbit hole

The Perth Mint is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with two new .999 fine silver coins struck in the name of Tuvalu.

The reverse design of the $2, 2-ounce silver coin (mintage 2,500) has a quartz movement clock, centered in an antiqued finish silver ring that depicts Alice, the Cheshire cat, and several playing cards around.

The White Rabbit is on the face of the battery-operated clock. OH DEAR! OH DEAR! I SHALL BE LATE! surrounds on the clock's gold-colored bezel.

Centered on the coin's obverse, a  quote from the book, OH MY EARS AND WHISKERS, HOW LATE IT'S GETTING! is included in a spiral form on the clock's back, which opens to replace the battery. On the surrounding silver ring's obverse appears a small rendition of the Ian Rank-Broadley Queen Elizabeth II portrait atop a rose wreath, with her name at bottom, and $2 and TUVALU 2015 around.  

The second coin, denominated $1, is a 1-ounce coin, with a mintage of 5,000 pieces. It features a portrait of Alice in color, holding a bottle labeled DRINK ME with the Cheshire cat and the White Rabbit looking on. The inscriptions ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and 150 YEARS also appear along with the Perth Mint’s P Mint mark, which appears in both coins' designs.

Read more about the coins on the Perth Mint website.

2. The U.S. Mint's new $100 coin 

"The 2015-W American Liberty gold coin will be struck three times, with the press operator inserting the planchet and removing the coin manually, U.S. Mint officials confirmed July 2."

3. History on coins 

Senior Editor Jeff Starck caps off his series of U.S. coins and their portrayal of historical U.S. moments with a post focused on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

4. Nobel peace medal will go on sale September 21

The family of George Minot, a pioneer in physiology and medicine, will offer his 1934 Nobel Prize medal in an auction by Bonhams in New York on September 21. 

The medal is estimated to be worth $200,000 to $300,000. 

Have a look at it.

5. Precious metals pricing listed the following prices per ounce as of 3:18 p.m. ET Wednesday:

6. Hot topics

Check out the three most-read stories of the last couple of days:

  1. British anti-slavery halfpenny token in Davisson’s auction
  2. U.S. Mint temporarily suspends sales July 7 of American Eagle silver bullion coins
  3. 1883 Morgan dollar notable for its eye appeal sells for $49,937.50: Market Analysis

7. Something social 


Hillary Clinton weighs in on the women-on-money topic.

Posted by Coin World on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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