The Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the Chinese Lunar calendar, runs from Jan. 28, 2017, to Feb. 15, 2018, but rooster-themed coins began to be issued in 2016. Other than Chinese coins, many other Lunar-themed pieces are produced, many of them in or on behalf of countries that comprise the British Commonwealth.
In February 2016 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Coin Invest Trust, a company based in Liechtenstein that creates concepts for world coins that are then struck by the German mint, B.H. Mayer, unveiled an entirely new approach to high relief coins that overcomes previous barriers to producing these issues.
Two major world mints, the Perth Mint in Australia and the Royal Canadian Mint, secured licensing rights to issue Star Trek coins from CBS, which now owns the rights to the original series. Both mints have issued a considerable number of well-designed and expertly minted coins on the Star Trek theme.
After building a set of American Eagle silver bullion coins, collector Tom McGrady decided “to go outside the box with Libertads, especially seeing that they weren’t tied to spot [precious metal value] in the way all the other sovereign bullion programs were.”
Over the past seven months several world and private mints have launched new coin series that depict Nordic gods and Vikings, the Germanic Norse seafarers who ruled Scandinavia from the eighth to the 11th centuries. Though the series are independent of each other, they share a similar theme; several individual coins even celebrate the same subjects.
In late 2014 the Austrian Mint announced that on Jan. 21, 2015, it would release the 13th coin in its acclaimed €25 series that consists of a center made of niobium and an outer ring of silver. This series has focused on themes in science and technology, especially European contributions to this field.
Technology is being used to shape coins to resemble constellations and to even to include pieces of meteors that crashed through the Earth's atmosphere. In 2012 the Royal Australian Mint issued another world first: the first colored and dome-shaped modern coin, the Southern Crux star constellation silver $5 coin, which was the first in a three-coin award-winning...
The two most important attributes of a modern coin for the typical collector are the coin’s theme and design. A collector who finds those aspects of a coin compelling and complementary is likely to want the coin. Of the myriad themes depicted on modern world issues, astronomy and space are certainly among the most popular. Many coins with space-related themes...