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Ukraine: Now-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games theme for new silver Proof crown coins

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The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) new silver collector coins which are in recognition of Ukraine’s National Olympic Team, who would have been competing alongside top-class world athletes this month

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Ukraine: New silver Proof coins feature sovka roskoshnaja moth as part of flora and fauna series

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued new silver and base metal coins with colour which feature the country’s native flora and fauna in an ongoing coin series. Focusing on the 2020-dated coins is Lepidoptera, an order of insects that includes butterflies and moths

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United Kingdom: Augmented reality features on final three-coin set in Tales of the Earth Dinosauria series

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The Royal Mint has released (1st June) the third coin in their popular and first numismatic programme which utilised an augmented reality application as part of the design and theme

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United Kingdom: Augmented reality features on final three-coin set in Tales of the Earth Dinosauria series

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The Royal Mint has released (1st June) the third coin in their popular and first numismatic programme which utilised an augmented reality application as part of the design and theme

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Tuvalu: Second pirate ship coin issued in “Black Flag” bullion series featuring the Royal Fortune

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The government and treasury of Tuvalu have released the second gold and silver bullion quality coins in their ongoing series entitled “Black Flag,” which features some of history’s most notorious pirate ships to have sailed the seven seas

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Tuvalu: Second pirate ship coin issued in “Black Flag” bullion series featuring the Royal Fortune

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The government and treasury of Tuvalu have released the second gold and silver bullion quality coins in their ongoing series entitled “Black Flag,” which features some of history’s most notorious pirate ships to have sailed the seven seas

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Belgium: Brussels’ notable sculpture, Manneken Pis, celebrates 400th birthday with new coin

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The National Bank of Belgium will issue new collector coins which are in observance of the 400th anniversary of the placement of one of the country’s most recognised national symbols — the little statue of Manneken Pis

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Belgium: Brussels’ notable sculpture, Manneken Pis, celebrates 400th birthday with new coin

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The National Bank of Belgium will issue new collector coins which are in observance of the 400th anniversary of the placement of one of the country’s most recognised national symbols — the little statue of Manneken Pis

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Australia: New $2 colour coin marks 30th anniversary of the National Police Remembrance Day

The Royal Australian Mint has launched (11th September) new two-dollar colour coins that are in celebration of the 30th anniversary of National Police Remembrance Day, which honours Australia’s police forces. The releases of the collector’s versions of the earlier circulation coins feature a colour reverse of the same motif

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Australia: New $2 colour coin marks 30th anniversary of the National Police Remembrance Day

The Royal Australian Mint has launched (11th September) new two-dollar colour coins that are in celebration of the 30th anniversary of National Police Remembrance Day, which honours Australia’s police forces. The releases of the collector’s versions of the earlier circulation coins feature a colour reverse of the same motif

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Italy: New collector coin salutes Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi, the “Champion of Champions”

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) has unveiled new bi-metallic collector coins (1st August), which are dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the birth of the athlete whose accomplishments in the world of professional cycling remain legendary and are part of the cycling culture and records of accomplishment to this day. Fausti Coppi (1919–1960) was, simply, an unbeatable climber who won five editions of the Giro d’Italia

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Sierra Leone: Angry Birds are coming to a movie screen near you and will be on three new crown coins

The Bank of Sierra Leone has unveiled (24th July) a three-coin set of crown colour coins featuring the Angry Birds, a free-to-play video game series developed by Chimera Entertainment and published by Rovio Entertainment, which debuted on the 12th March 2014. Angry Birds hatched as a casual mobile game that has blossomed into one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world, inspiring over a dozen games, billions of consumer products, several animated series, and a hit blockbuster movie

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Sierra Leone: Angry Birds are coming to a movie screen near you and will be on three new crown coins

The Bank of Sierra Leone has unveiled (24th July) a three-coin set of crown colour coins featuring the Angry Birds, a free-to-play video game series developed by Chimera Entertainment and published by Rovio Entertainment, which debuted on the 12th March 2014. Angry Birds hatched as a casual mobile game that has blossomed into one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world, inspiring over a dozen games, billions of consumer products, several animated series, and a hit blockbuster movie

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Sierra Leone: “The Big Five” safari series now available as cupro-nickel crown coins

The  Bank of Sierra Leone has announced (16th July) the availability of the most recent series of collector coins entitled “The Big Five,” which will soon be available as cupro-nickel crown-size coins. The “Big Five” refers to the animals that freely inhabit the African continent and whose presence in the wild is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring

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Sierra Leone: “The Big Five” safari series now available as cupro-nickel crown coins

The  Bank of Sierra Leone has announced (16th July) the availability of the most recent series of collector coins entitled “The Big Five,” which will soon be available as cupro-nickel crown-size coins. The “Big Five” refers to the animals that freely inhabit the African continent and whose presence in the wild is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring

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Malta: Prehistoric temple, Ta’ Hagrat, features on new €2 commemorative coin

The Central Bank of Malta has announced they will issue, on the 22nd July, the fourth commemorative €2 coin in a series of seven dedicated to the Maltese islands’ prehistoric sites which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The featured site for 2019 is the Ta’ Hagrat, an ancient temple in Malta, along with several other megalithic temples that are amongst the most ancient religious sites on Earth

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Australia: Legendary train service, The Ghan, depicted on new colour 50-cent collector coins

The Royal Australian Mint has launched new collector coins (8th July) which celebrate 90 years of exceptional rail expeditions with new colour-applied 50-cent coins depicting the iconic Australian train, The Afghan Express.
The new 50-cent 12-sided distinctive coins celebrate one of Australia’s most famous railway journeys while telling the story of one of the world’s great railway journeys of “The Ghan,” as it became known to an entire continent

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British Virgin Islands: Limited edition of the Pegasus silver coins includes privy mark to remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day

The treasury of the British Virgin Islands has announced (31st May) the issue of a special limited edition of their silver bullion coin, the Pegasus, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. To mark this important anniversary, the new Pegasus coins will be minted with an exceptional privy mark to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day

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United Kingdom: 50th anniversary of iconic 50-pence coin marked with Brilliant Uncirculated five-coin set

The Royal Mint has launched (25th March) a new five-coin set which features some of the most popular commemorative reverse designs in the 50-year history of issuing the revolutionary 50-pence circulation coin. At the time of its introduction, it wasn’t realised just how much the coin would become a symbol of “Britishness” in terms of originality and inventiveness

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United Kingdom: Famed physicist Stephen Hawking and his groundbreaking achievements celebrated on new 50-pence coin

The Royal Mint has released (12th March) new commemorative coins which are in remembrance of the late physicist Stephen Hawking, internationally renowned for his pioneering work on black holes. This work, which used a tentative unification of Einstein’s theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics, reported that black holes should not be completely black and instead emit radiation, meaning they evaporate and eventually disappear

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Greece: New collector coin marks centenary anniversary of the Deposits and Loans Fund

The Bank of Greece will issue, on the 19th March, new collector coins which mark one of the country’s oldest entities in terms of banking and savings. Initially founded in 1839 as the Consignment Deposit Loan Fund, it was one of the first financial authorities established by law, eight years after attaining recognised independence from the Ottoman Empire

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British Indian Ocean Territory: Red-footed booby features on new red titanium crown coin

The government and treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (20th February) new crown coins which feature a rather distinctive feathery resident on the island, the red-footed booby. As their name suggests, they do indeed have red feet (that is to say, all adults), but the colour of their plumage varies

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Portugal: Latest collector coin issued in honour of Portuguese architect and designer Eduardo Souto Moura

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda has released new coins which are in honour of one of the country’s most prominent architects — Eduardo Elísio Machado Souto de Moura. Born in the city of Porto in 1952, the country’s second largest city after Lisbon, he is better known as Eduardo Souto de Moura, and was the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011 and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2013

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Ukraine: Centenary anniversary of first postage stamps celebrated on new collector coin

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (25th September) new collector coins which mark the centenary anniversary of the country’s first postage stamps released in 1918. The series of postage stamps was issued during the brief period when Ukraine emerged as an independent state after the break-up of the Russian Empire following the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in 1917

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France: Second set of Disney-themed €10 silver coins featuring Mickey & la France now available

The Monnaie de Paris has released the second series which highlights the lovable mouse from the World of Disney as he sets off on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of France. The famous mouse discovers France and as he stops at many of the country’s most exciting and familiar landmarks, Mickey Mouse shows how much of a shutter-bug he is by taking scads of Polaroid instant photos of each city, province, and region he visits as a souvenir, and, it is these images which are captured on the over 20 €10 silver coins

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France: Second set of Disney-themed €10 silver coins featuring Mickey & la France now available

The Monnaie de Paris has released the second series which highlights the lovable mouse from the World of Disney as he sets off on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of France. The famous mouse discovers France and as he stops at many of the country’s most exciting and familiar landmarks, Mickey Mouse shows how much of a shutter-bug he is by taking scads of Polaroid instant photos of each city, province, and region he visits as a souvenir, and, it is these images which are captured on the over 20 €10 silver coins

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Ukraine: Centenary anniversary of first postage stamps celebrated on new collector coin

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (25th September) new collector coins which mark the centenary anniversary of the country’s first postage stamps released in 1918. The series of postage stamps was issued during the brief period when Ukraine emerged as an independent state after the break-up of the Russian Empire following the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in 1917

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Portugal: New “Endangered Flora Species” series launches with the four-leaf clover on silver Proof coin

The Impresa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) has launched a new series of collector coins whose focus will be on the endangered flora once prevalent in Portugal and on the Iberian Peninsula in general. The series concentrates not only on the flora which is under threat but on the threatened species of fauna as well

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Canada: New Brilliant Uncirculated Mint set includes commemorative coin marking bicentenary of North American 49th parallel border

Following the conclusion of the War of 1812, the Convention of 1818 resulted in a treaty between Great Britain and the United States. It stipulated that the western boundary between British North America and the United States should follow the 49th parallel from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains, known to many English speakers at the time as the “Stony Mountains

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British Virgin Islands: New golden dollar coin highlighting Pegasus is issued

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (7th September) a new golden dollar which includes a very popular reverse design seen first on bullion and Proof quality silver crown coins. Following the success of the previous releases of “Pegasus” coins, The treasury of the British Virgin Islands has released a new version of this popular coin which is produced in Virenium — a special alloy developed and produced for circulation type coinage used exclusively by the Pobjoy Mint, which produces the coins

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Switzerland: New collector coin salutes the history of the ever-classic Swiss Army knife

The Swiss Federal Mint has released (10th September) new silver collector coins which are minted to commemorate one of the country’s most iconic items which has traveled around the world as an ambassador and example of Swiss efficiency and practical design: The classic Swiss Army knife.
On the 100th anniversary of Karl Elsener’s death, the man who invented the concept of a pocket mechanism with a variety of practical uses and founded the company which has manufactured the Swiss Army knife since 1891, the new coins are dedicated to the idea behind this innovative Swiss invention

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Australia: Governor-General unveils new commemorative dollar coins which include sixth effigy of Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Australian Mint has officially unveiled the first new commemorative one-dollar coins that will include the Queen’s new effigy, which is set to be included on all circulation and many collector coins from 2019 onwards. His Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, was present to reveal the first Australian coins to feature the new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, signalling the impending transition to a new effigy on all Australian coinage

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Falkland Islands: Third coin in the ongoing penguin series features the king penguin

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (5th September) the third coin which is part of an overall five-coin set featuring one of the planet’s most curious and unique species of bird, the penguin. The Falkland Islands have become known as the penguin capital of the world

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Falkland Islands: New titanium collector crown coins feature the crab

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (30th August) new collector crown coins which feature one of the region’s most familiar side-walking sea-dwelling creatures — the ever familiar crab. These crustaceans are short-tailed members of the order Decapoda, and, as it happens, decapods occur in all oceans, in fresh water, and on land — with about 10,000 species having been described

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British Virgin Islands: New coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (8th August) new collector crown coins which mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618) — a writer, poet, courtier, and explorer who is considered by many as the pivotal force which encouraged the settlement of North America by the English, after being granted a royal patent to explore the New World. Raliegh explored the soon-to-be colony of Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements all along what became the Eastern Seaboard of North America

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Denmark: 2018-dated mint sets featuring teddy bear children’s theme now available

The Danmarks Nationalbank has issued (16th August) their new 2018-dated mint sets, which include a presentation design themed for children. The new sets carry on from previous themes of the familiar teddy bear and his family

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Denmark: 2018-dated mint sets featuring teddy bear children’s theme now available

The Danmarks Nationalbank has issued (16th August) their new 2018-dated mint sets, which include a presentation design themed for children. The new sets carry on from previous themes of the familiar teddy bear and his family

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British Virgin Islands: New coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (8th August) new collector crown coins which mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618) — a writer, poet, courtier, and explorer who is considered by many as the pivotal force which encouraged the settlement of North America by the English, after being granted a royal patent to explore the New World. Raliegh explored the soon-to-be colony of Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements all along what became the Eastern Seaboard of North America

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Slovakia: Pivotal events of Prague Spring in 1968 remembered on new silver commemorative coin

The National Bank of Slovakia has issued (9th August) new commemorative coins which are minted in remembrance of one of former Czechoslovakia’s most pivotal events in their history as a modern nation — the time when Czechoslovaks attempted to reclaim their own nation from Soviet influence. The events of August 1968 were eerily similar to the historical changes which occurred in 1990 with the collapse of the communist government and the emergence of parliamentary elections

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Italy: Art treasures of Amatrice highlighted on new €5 bi-metallic coin

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) has released (6th August) new collector coins which pay special attention to the splendid architectural riches of the town of Amatrice. Since 2015, Amatrice was recognised by Italians as among one of “the most beautiful villages of Italy,” and this is due to their renowned medieval historical centre, in addition to its famous culinary specialty, the “bucatini all’amatriciana

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Ukraine: Third coin in annual “Flora & Fauna” series features the Dnieper barbel

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (5th June) the third coin design and subject which is part of their annual and ongoing series of Ukrainian “Flora & Fauna,” begun in 2016. The two coins: A silver Proof and base metal with full colour, feature an indigenous underwater species, the Dnieper barbel

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Hungary: Internationally renowned physician, Semmelweis, honoured on latest silver collector coins

The National Bank of Hungary has issued (1st July) new collector coins which are in remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ignác Semmelweis (1818–1865), a prominent physician remembered for his work in the field of obstetrics.
Ignác Fülöp Semmelweis was born on the 1st July 1818, as the fifth child of the wealthy merchant József Semmelweis and Terézia Müller

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The obverse is adorned with a delicate, lightly deepened floral pattern, onto which a round blank space is set in the upper middle of the coin, showing the portrait of the English Queen and the circumscription ELIZABETH II, 10 DOLLARS, COOK ISLANDS, and the year 2018.

The surface of the reverse takes up the floral pattern of the obverse

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British Antarctic Territory: First 50-pence coin features novel name of underwater research vessel

The government and treasury of the British Antarctic Territory have issued (3rd July) their first 50-pence coin whose reverse design features a somewhat quirky, tongue-in-cheek name of one of the newest underwater research vessels of the National Oceanography Centre, which is located in Southampton, U.K

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St. Helena and East India Company: New silver bullion one-ounce coin features historic spade guinea motif

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in association with the East India Company, have issued a new silver coin that launches the bullion coin programme which will be under the guidance of the East India Company

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Kazakhstan: New silver kilo coins issued in celebration of capital’s 20th anniversary

The National Bank of Kazakhstan has issued (20th June) new silver kilo coins in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the country’s capital city of Astana, which came into effect on the 6th May 1998. Originally a settlement named Akmoly (Russian: Akmolinsky prikaz), which is located on the banks of the Ishim River within the Aqmola Region, it served as a defensive fortification for Siberian Cossacks

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Israel: Latest legal tender gold bullion coin focuses on the ancient cardo roadway in Jerusalem

The Bank of Israel has issued (10th June) the eighth coin design within their current bullion coin series entitled “Jerusalem of Gold.” Featured on this year’s coin is the cardo, which was the main street in the heart of the city and a significant trade centre that ran from north to south during the time when Jerusalem was governed by Rome

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Israel: Latest legal tender gold bullion coin focuses on the ancient cardo roadway in Jerusalem

The Bank of Israel has issued (10th June) the eighth coin design within their current bullion coin series entitled “Jerusalem of Gold.” Featured on this year’s coin is the cardo, which was the main street in the heart of the city and a significant trade centre that ran from north to south during the time when Jerusalem was governed by Rome

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United Kingdom: New coin series celebrates the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s voyage of discovery

The Royal Mint has launched (11th June) a new three-year series which will mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic voyage of discovery aboard HM Bark Endeavour.
The son of a farm hand, Captain James Cook (1728–1779) grew up in the historic port of Whitby from the age of 17

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Five-euro commemorative coin issued to mark 10 year anniversary of Malta’s adoption of the euro

The Central Bank of Malta issued a numismatic commemorative coin on May 9 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Malta’s adoption of the euro currency. This coin was struck by the Royal Dutch Mint in Brilliant Uncirculated cupro-nickel and has a limited mintage of just 2,000

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Netherlands: New gold and silver coins celebrate four-time gold medal Olympian Fanny Blankers-Koen

The Royal Dutch Mint has launched (25th April) new collector coins which are the second commemoratives issued in the series of Dutch sporting icons. The first coin highlighted the football career of Johan Cruijff issued last year

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Switzerland: New silver coin continues the “Swiss Steamships” series featuring La Suisse

The Swiss Federal Mint have released (26th April) a new silver coin which continues with its three-part “Swiss Steamships” series started in 2017. The latest coin in the series is dedicated to the La Suisse steamship, which was first commissioned by the Sulzer brothers in 1908

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Czech Republic: New silver coins issued for the 500th anniversary of famed Klaudyan Map

The National Bank of the Czech Republic have issued (28th February) new collector silver coins which remember the 500th anniversary of one of the country’s oldest cartographic memories — the Klaudyan map — with an origin that dates back to 1518. In the course of 500 years, its creation was considered a great source of invaluable information from the beginning of the 16th century with regard to the territory of Czech lands

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Ascension: Royal wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales celebrated on latest crown coin

The government and treasury of Ascension Island have issued (22nd March) new crown coins which are in celebration of the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry to his fiancé Megan Markle, which will occur on the 19th May at Windsor Chapel.
Prince Henry is the third grandson of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the second son of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales

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Hungary: New coin re-creates gold florin of Albert Habsburg as part of ongoing “Medieval Hungarian Gold Forints” coin series

The Hungarian National Bank have issued (13th March) their latest recreation of the gold forint coins which are part of their popular and ongoing series entitled “Medieval Hungarian Gold Forints,” first launched in 2012. The series includes detailed designs from some of Hungary’s most well-known gold forint coins from the rulers of Medieval Hungary beginning with the exquisite replicated design of the gold forint of Charles I issued in 2012

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British Antarctic Territory: New titanium coin features graceful blue petrel

The government and treasury of the British Antarctic Territory have issued (27th February) new titanium coins which feature one of the territory’s most recognisible feathered inhabitants — the blue petrel. They are often spotted in the region from the southern tip of South America to Northern Argentina and, of course, near the northern point of the Antarctic Peninsula — part of the British Antarctic Territory

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Japan: First coins unveiled for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Finance Ministry of Japan have unveiled (22nd February) the first series of Olympic coinage which is scheduled for release later in 2018. The first coins in the series comprise a gold design, two silver designs, and two base metal designs — all highlighting the various sports which will feature during the Games of the XXXII Olympiad — commonly known as “Tokyo 2020

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Slovakia: New silver coin celebrates 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic

The National Bank of Slovakia have issued (3rd January) a new silver collector coin in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic, which emerged after the separation of the Czech and Slovak Republics as a single entity on the 1st January 1993.
The process by which the Slovaks became a modern European nation culminated on this day 25 years ago with the establishment of an independent state — the Slovak Republic

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United Kingdom: New £2 coin celebrates the centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design for a new two-pound coin issued in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force, which came into being in 1918. The need for air power was realised during the deadly European conflict which erupted in July 1914

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United Kingdom: Fantastic two-pound coin issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the new design of the third commemorative two-pound coin issued in remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — a work of fiction which was to take the world by storm in terms of originality and imagination.
On a stormy night in 1816, a group of friends gathered at a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva to tell each other ghost stories

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United Kingdom: Retro design crown coin issued to celebrate Prince George’s fifth birthday

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design of a new crown coin which will be issued in celebration of the fifth birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, eldest child of their Royal Highness’ the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who was born on the 22nd July 2013, and first grandchild of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
It’s hard to believe that five years have already passed since the gun salutes were first fired in his honour and the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out in celebration

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Isle of Man Post Office releases Christmas 2017 £5 coin

The Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) reinforces the message of peace, love, and happiness this festive season by giving its customers an opportunity to purchase the IOM government treasury’s 2017 Christmas £5 coin, which features a dove — a well-known and universal symbol of peace.
The £5 coin depicts a very familiar image of a dove carrying an olive branch with outstretched wings, surrounded by a Christmas wreath

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United Kingdom: The Royal Mint unleashes the Red Dragon of Wales on new silver coin

The Royal Mint has launched (4th December) one of the latest coins which is part of the ongoing and popular series entitled “The Queen’s Beasts.” This latest coin is one of ten heraldic Queen’s Beasts that can be seen cropping up through centuries of British Heraldry

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Malaysia: New silver coin celebrates National Archives anniversary

The Banka Negara Malaysia have launched (4th December) two new coins in recognition of the country’s National Archives institute which was founded on the 1st December 1957. The institute was founded originally as the Public Records Office before changing their current name in 1963 and is located in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia

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