Category Archives: Contemporary Coins

Articles about new releases in bullion and collectible coins

Ellis Island 5 oz Silver America the Beautiful Quarters Sell Out

September 12th, 2017 by

Every three months, the coin collecting community anticipates with great excitement the release of the U.S. Mint’s new America the Beautiful (ATB) coin design. These designs, which celebrate the country’s historic sites and national parks, don’t only appear on circulating quarters but are also used for popular five-ounce silver bullion coins. The level of anticipation […]

Error Mule of RCM’s New Gold Kilo Coins

August 12th, 2017 by

It’s intriguing for coin collectors to discover how error coins come to be. Government mints are pretty orderly operations, and have not just a number of anti-counterfeiting measures in place but also an array quality control features to keep such “defective” coins from making it out of the mint. Another such error coin has apparently been […]

U.K. Phasing Out Old “Round Pound” Coins

July 6th, 2017 by

The roll-out of the Royal Mint’s new £1 coins has not been without its hiccups. The country’s first dodecagonal (12-sided) coins, which are also bimetalic, offer consumers a slew of new anti-counterfeiting features. However, the introduction of this new design naturally means that something must be done with the old £1 coins.

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Perth Mint Introduces Pink Diamond Bullion

June 13th, 2017 by

The Perth Mint is known for transforming Western Australia’s abundance of natural resources into fantastic coins and collectibles, and now the world-renowned mint has introduced its most ambitious bullion collection yet.

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Here’s How Congress Might Reform Our Coins

May 22nd, 2017 by

There is a problem that has been hanging over the American coinage system like a dark pall for about the past decade. With each passing year, the scale of the problem grows worse, but philosophical traditions and interest groups have made resolving the issue a challenge for Congress. Now, two pieces of legislation aim to […]

100-Kilo Gold Maple Leaf Coin Stolen

May 6th, 2017 by

Back in 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint wowed the numismatic community (and much of the world) when it issued a special “Big Maple Leaf”—a real legal tender gold coin of unmatched girth and purity. Weighing in at 100 kilograms—a staggering 32,150 troy ounces!—and struck from ultra-pure “five-nines” gold, the coin is .99999 fine (or 99.999% […]

Collectors Chase Rare Silver Eagles

April 29th, 2017 by

The numismatic world was treated to the discovery of a new rare variety coin early in 2017 when it was discovered that the U.S. Mint struck a very small number of its flagship American Silver Eagle coins at the Philadelphia Mint beginning in 2015. These coins do not bear a mintmark that identifies where they […]

Congress Shows Some Common “Cents”

April 17th, 2017 by

For several years, one of the least controversial criticisms of the way the Treasury Department operates has been the need for a major coinage reform. For each of the last 11 years, Treasury has been subsidizing production of the one-cent penny and the five-cent nickel, both of which actually cost more to manufacture than they […]

Collectors Clamor for Previously Unknown Silver Eagles

April 4th, 2017 by

In response to an intriguing revelation about American Silver Eagle (ASE) production, the United States Mint has dropped a bombshell on collectors regarding the provenance of Silver Eagle coins produced at the mint’s branch facilities in Philadelphia and San Francisco.

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New 2018 Silver Medal Designs Recommended

April 3rd, 2017 by

The 2018 docket for the U.S. Mint includes an exciting set of silver medals that honor the United States Armed Services. Now, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has made its recommendations to the mint for the designs to be featured on these medals.

Will 2017 Be A Semi-Key Date For Silver Eagles?

March 31st, 2017 by

American Silver Eagle sales for the first quarter of 2017 totaled a bit over 7.9 million coins, the slowest start since 2009. Considering that the first quarter is usually the most active time for Silver Eagle sales each year, current demand is pointing toward 2017 being the lowest mintage in at least six years. This […]

On the Immense Popularity of Sacagawea Dollars in Ecuador

March 25th, 2017 by

There is, in South America, a curious numismatic trend that challenges our assumptions of what is marketable and what is not. See, the one-dollar coin has historically been a hard sell in the United States. Its incarnations, like the Susan B. Anthony dollar or the Sacagawea dollar, spent very little time in circulation before the […]

Tower Mint and Isle of Man Strike New Partnership

March 23rd, 2017 by

For years, the Pobjoy Mint struck all of the circulating and commemorative coinage for the Isle of Man, which is a self-governing entity within the United Kingdom. (Specifically, Isle of Man is a “Crown dependency,” roughly like a commonwealth or protectorate of Great Britain.) However, the island recently ended its agreement with the Pobjoy Mint. […]

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Royal Dutch Mint’s New Gold and Silver Coins

March 18th, 2017 by

Although it is today overshadowed by many of Europe’s more prominent government mints, the Royal Dutch Mint (Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt) boasts an impressive history that traces back to the 1500s. The Leeuwendaalder and America’s Silver Coins The Netherlands’ flagship silver coin, the leeuwendaalder (literally, “lion thaler”), was an especially important trade coin in the 17th and 18th centuries. The […]

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New America the Beautiful Design Released

March 13th, 2017 by

Perhaps the most successful of the U.S. Mint’s recently introduced coin programs is the America the Beautiful series. Introduced in 2010 just as the wildly popular 50 State Quarters® program came to an end, the ATB series has earned acclaim from bullion stackers thanks to the designs appearing on five-ounce silver coins as well as circulating […]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Joins CCAC

February 11th, 2017 by

Although the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) doesn’t get a great deal of attention, the volunteer committee that helps choose new U.S. commemorative coin designs is about to get an injection of star power: Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has accepted a position on the committee. In addition to his instant name recognition (and unmistakable 7’2″ […]

Rare Orientation Error on £2 Coins

February 5th, 2017 by

The Royal Mint in the U.K. has over eight centuries of experience under its belt. Yet even the best coining operations occasionally make errors. When they do, you had better bet that collectors are searching for those rarities!