Snow and ice are the last thing you might think of coming from the country of Fiji, but those elements are precisely the topic of a pair of new coins for the tropical island. The Reserve Bank of Fiji, with the Pobjoy Mint, issued the pair of silver coins celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Andorra has announced plans to issue a commemorative €2 coin in December. The coin will celebrate the principality’s status as “the Pyrenean country.”
Commemorative coins and medals generally celebrate successful endeavors, but a silver medal that Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Nov. 8 Baltimore auction offers was issued for a grand project that was, in hindsight, a failure.
Germany’s 2016 law governing cultural property, which includes the sale of coins, is in contradiction with and “an abuse” of European Union law, according to a white paper released by representatives of two law offices in Europe.
The Pobjoy Mint has issued an ultra-high relief silver $10 coin for the British Virgin Islands. The 2-ounce piedfort (double thick) coin depicts Queen Victoria, whose accession to the throne 180 years ago marked a turning point in British history.
In Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a symbol of power, strength, wealth and good fortune, and it is often portrayed alongside a luminous or flaming pearl. The Perth Mint pairs the two elements in a new collector coin, a .9999 fine silver dollar for Tuvalu.
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church in the German town of Wittenberg. This set off the seminal event known as the Protestant Reformation. To mark the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, the National Bank of Hungary is issuing on Oct. 31 a silver 10,000-forint coin and a copper-nickel 2,000-forint coin.
The Battle of Trafalgar was the most decisive naval battle of the War of the Third Coalition during the Napoleonic Wars, for both Britain and its naval hero, Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. The battle is the third subject of the New Zealand Mint’s Battles That Changed History series of 1-ounce .999 fine silver coins with an Antique Finish.
Cyprus has announced plans to issue on Nov. 3 a circulating 2017 commemorative €2 coin to celebrate the town of Paphos being named the European Capital of Culture for 2017, an honorary title that rotates among EU-member nations.
In 2017 as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II celebrate 70 years of marriage, The Royal Mint is recognizing that personal milestone, a platinum wedding anniversary, with a range of 11 different coins struck for the occasion.