One of the longstanding uses for coins and medals is to commemorate transformative or otherwise noteworthy events. What better way could there be to immortalize an important milestone or historic moment?
It’s probably safe to say that, for those of us who missed the cut for the Forbes 400 (maybe next year!), unexpectedly finding even a single gold coin would be a cause for wild celebration. A visiting faculty member from Egypt at the University of Colorado, however, proved his remarkable altruism and integrity when such […]
Much of the world is rapt by the upcoming royal wedding between Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. Early reviews of the soon-to-be royal couple’s commemorative coin, however, have been far less enthusiastic.
A cleanup project at a Scottish country home in apparent neglect revealed an unexpected prize: a considerable hoard of contemporary British gold coins.
It’s been a rather busy week of international precious metals news, so we’ve decided to round up a handful of the best stories for everyone to check out. Be forewarned: At least one of these stories is somewhat graphic!
In Great Britain, both coin collectors and everyday tourists are getting an interactive experience unlike any other at one of the most prestigious state mints in the world.
Over the past ten years, a number of U.S. states that didn’t already exempt gold and silver bullion from sales tax are coming to their senses.
This coming Friday, February 16th, marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The occasion signals the end of the Year of the Rooster and the start of the Year of Dog in 2018. It is a time of celebration for many cultures around the world. Accordingly, the Lunar New Year is often seen […]
When it comes to using new designs on American coins, the United States Mint is known for having a conservative approach. The evidence is obvious: Most U.S. coin designs don’t change with any frequency. The Roosevelt dime, for instance, has remained unchanged since it first appeared in 1946. The Jefferson nickel (1938) and Washington quarter […]
No matter how much central banks and politicians would like us to forget, the long track record of gold and silver as honest money in unmatched by any fiat currency. Let me emphasize: any fiat currency ever. In all of human history!
Efforts to recycle trash are rarely controversial today, but the U.S. Treasury Department has found itself in this uncommon situation over the past few years. The problem centered around the United States Mint’s mutilated coin redemption program.
Suffice it to say collectors have not been thrilled with many of the recent commemorative coin designs being supplied by the United States Mint. Early indications are that next year’s 2018 World War I commemorative silver dollars are also garnering less than enthusiastic reviews.
Gold and silver are often associated with the festive decorations that accompany the Christmas season. The luster and sparkle of precious metals fit in well amid all of the ornaments, snowfall, colorful lights, and red-and-green stockings that abound this time of year. However, a uniquely dazzling Christmas tree display made entirely of gold is bringing […]
There is no more famous South African coin than the Krugerrand. The iconic gold bullion coin is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
A retirement home in South Africa recently received what appeared to be a package of nutritional drinks. There was nothing particularly exciting about this routine development—until employees at the facility discovered something hidden beneath the drinks. In a box underneath the snacks, they were astonished to find a huge cache of gold coins!
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 […]
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 […]
In the case of a bizarre but successful heist of one of the world’s two largest gold coins, it appears that authorities are finally closing in on solving the crime.
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.
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.