Category Archives: Contemporary Coins

Articles about new releases in bullion and collectible coins

2018 Lunar Year of the Dog: Gold and Silver Coins

February 11th, 2018 by

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 […]

Possible New Dollar Coin Series Clears First Hurdle

January 21st, 2018 by

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 […]

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Mutilated Coin Redemption Program Resumes at Mint

December 30th, 2017 by

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.

New 2018 WWI Commemorative Coin Design Disappoints

December 23rd, 2017 by

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.

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Is This The Coolest Christmas Tree Ever?

December 17th, 2017 by

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 […]

Gold Krugerrand Turns 50

December 9th, 2017 by

There is no more famous South African coin than the Krugerrand. The iconic gold bullion coin is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Expecting a Snack Yet Finding Gold Krugerrands?

December 2nd, 2017 by

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!

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 […]