The Perth Mint has released their latest coins that are part of an ongoing series entitled “Next Generation,” which portray some of the continents indigenous wildlife with full-grown depictions and their offspring. The Next Generation Series debuted ...
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Australia: Latest coins released in ongoing “Next Generation” silver bullion series and more...

Australia: Latest coins released in ongoing “Next Generation” silver bullion series

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The Perth Mint has released their latest coins that are part of an ongoing series entitled “Next Generation,” which portray some of the continents indigenous wildlife with full-grown depictions and their offspring.

The Next Generation Series debuted in 2018, with the first coins featuring one of the famed marsupials from the Australian continent, the ever-familiar and adored koala mother and her young cub. Next in the series and for 2019 was the depiction of one of the most fearsome reptiles from Australia, the mother crocodile and her young baby. Now, the kookaburra, which has been a staple of Perth Mint silver bullion coins, takes its place in the third design of the collection. The kookaburra bullion coins have been available since 1990 and were the first coins of their kind to feature native wildlife species with a new reverse design or interpretation each year. They have become a must-have coin for many investors and coin collectors alike.

The Next Generation Series from the Perth Mint are struck as piedforts, a double-thickness blank of six millimetres that combines the diameter of one-ounce coins with the two-ounce weight of larger blanks. The result is a smaller coin by diameter that is heavy and dense, which also allows for deeper, detailed relief.

For 2020, the reverse side, which is created by Natasha Muhl, features the kookaburra, the largest member of the kingfisher species and one of the most popular designs used on Australian coins from the Perth Mint. A kookaburra mother is sitting perched in her nest with a young baby chick.

The obverse side includes the Commonwealth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is depicted facing right in profile wearing the George IV State Diadem Crown. Officially introduced in 2015 and created by British engraver Jody Clark, it is the sixth effigy of the Queen to be included on Australian coins. The coin’s fineness, year of issue, and denomination are seen just under the Queen’s likeness.

Denomination

Metal

Weight Diameter Quality

Maximum Mintage

Two dollars

.9999 Silver

62.2 g 40.9 mm Brilliant Unc.

75,000

The coins are available as a single piece and inserted in individual protective plastic flips or packaged in mint tubes of 10 coins. For additional information about these coins and others produced by the Perth Mint, please visit the website of Provident Metals.

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St. Helena: Silver bullion crown coins pay homage to National Health Service, all fundraising profits to be donated

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The government and treasury of St. Helena have released (15th May) silver crown coins that pay tribute to Britain’s National Health Service, which has been in the spotlight recently due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. Founded in 1945, the National Health Service (NHS) has become a treasured entity which has had a very prominent place in the lives of Britons now for nearly 75 years. The NHS has also had much mainstream media attention recently due to the pandemic. The dedicated men and women who make up Britain’s National Health Service stepped up instantly and immediately began to put their valuable training skills and know-how straight to work. Shortly after Britain introduced a “stay at home” policy to combat the spread of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, a call was put out to the country for volunteers to support the NHS. In just one week, more than 750,000 ordinary citizens answered that call and signed up to carry out a variety of tasks which would alleviate the duties of NHS staff so they could be on hand to serve those afflicted with COVID-19.

Issued by the government and treasury of St. Helena, and in conjunction with the East India Company, the coins are being offered in support of the NHS staff and volunteers at the front line of Britain’s fight against COVID-19. 100% of all profits from the sale of these coins will be donated to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal to support and show appreciation to the incredible NHS staff and volunteers working tirelessly to combat the genuine threat all of the United Kingdom currently faces. The reverse side includes a poignant design depicting a portion of the British “Union Jack” flag in the shape of a heart together with the message #nhsheroes super-imposed over the heart. An additional inscription placed below and on the right side of the heart reads LOVE٠CARE٠COMPASSION٠STRENGTH.

The obverse side includes the Commonwealth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by graphic artist Jody Clark along with the coins’ denomination of £5, the coins’ weight and fineness, and year of issue placed below the Queen’s likeness.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
Five pounds .999 Silver 31.1 g 38.6 mm Brilliant Unc. To meet demand

Each .999 one-ounce silver coin is struck to a superb Brilliant Uncirculated quality and is encased in an East India Company branded micro-fibre cloth protective pouch. The coin is sold with all profits realised from their sale being donated to Britain’s NHS Charites Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. For additional information about these coins, please visit the website of the East India Company.

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Austria: Third stopover in the “Reaching for the Sky” series, new silver coin features Airbus 380

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The Mint of Austria has released (13th May) the third coin in their ongoing and very popular coin series entitled “Reaching for the Skies,” that focuses on various aeroplanes and their contributions to world aviation history. The dream of flight became a reality for the masses with the development of commercial air travel, and this coin focuses on the world’s largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380, the ultimate symbol of this phenomenon.

Designed by Austrian Mint graphic artists Helmut Andexlinger, Herbert Wähner, and Kathrin Kuntner, the obverse side of the coins depict an aeroplane representing the earlier chapter of commercial passenger air travel. The Vickers VC. 1 Viking features, along with the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and some palm trees, all of which symbolise long-haul tourism from Europe to North America. The stylised text reads REPUBLIK OSTERREICH, with the denomination of 20 EURO and the year of issue, 2020, placed below the primary design. The obverse depicts the image of the very distinctive A380, which is shown just before landing at a busy modern airport. The text AIRBUS A380 is placed just below the primary design.

Denom.

Metal

Weight Diameter Quality

Maximum Mintage

20 euro

.925 Silver

22.4 g 34 mm Proof

30,000

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom heavy-gauge card case along with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this coin and other coins in this series, please visit the website of the Mint of Austria.

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Canada: Royal splendour, Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara features on new silver crafted coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released silver crafted coins that recreate a particular piece of jewellery which is one of the Queen’s most personally admired and recognised. The Aquamarine Tiara has been a part of Queen Elizabeth II’s own collection since her coronation in 1953. Before and after this momentous event, floods of precious gifts were showered upon her, including a diamond necklace with very large aquamarines and matching earrings, the gift of the president and the people of Brazil to the new British sovereign. The set was crafted by Rio de Janeiro’s branch of the British company Mappin & Webb, which consisted of a necklace and matching pendant earrings comprised of multiple oblong Brazilian aquamarines set with diamonds in platinum. The necklace contained nine large, oblong aquamarine stones with a larger drop pendant. In 1957, and to complete the set, the Queen commissioned royal jeweller Garrard to create a tiara, a wonderful creation with an exquisite aquamarine as a focal point that exceeded all other stones of this set.  The tiara initially consisted of a bandeau with three upright aquamarines. When first made, the tiara had three upright rectangular stones which could be detached and worn as brooches or mounted on a simple platinum band. Later, in 1971, it was augmented to its present form consisting of four scroll ornaments with an aquamarine stone set in the centre and which were sourced from an aquamarine and diamond jewel given to the Queen by the Governor of São Paulo in 1968. Interestingly, additional perfectly matched pieces of aquamarine continued to be collected within Brazil, which, in 1958, were given to the Queen in the form of a similarly designed bracelet and brooch to add to her existing set.

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The reverse side of the coin’s design centres on one of the fan-like scroll motifs from the Brazilian aquamarine tiara worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The rhodium-plated, jewellery-inspired element is adorned with an arrangement of 12 Swarovski crystals and seven aqua-coloured stones. Additional tiara-inspired flourishes complete this tribute.

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II created by Susanna Blunt and has been in use on all Canadian circulation and many commemorative coins since 2003.

Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Mintage
20 dollars .999 Silver 31.3 g 38 mm Proof 4,000

Each coin is specially encapsulated to accommodate its intricate inlaid design and is presented in a custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this coin and others available from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website.

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Netherlands: First strike ceremony conducted on live stream in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day

The Royal Dutch Mint conducted their first strike ceremony for the first time on live stream to initiate production of the 10-euro gold and five-euro silver commemorative coins marking the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day. The ceremony was broadcast by the Royal Dutch Mint and was hosted by Mintmaster Stephan Satijn at the Royal Dutch Mint’s new production facilities in Houten. Due to the current circumstances of restricted movement brought on by the pandemic of COVID-19, the ceremonial first strike previously scheduled could not be attended by the public. Nevertheless, the Royal Dutch Mint and the National Committee on 4th and 5th May decided to go ahead with this ceremony, which was part of the commemorations for the celebration of 75 years of freedom and broadcast on live stream. Chosen to perform the first strike was Mr. Jaap Smit, the vice-chairman of the National Committee on 4 and 5 May.

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As part of the proceedings, pre-recorded videos were played just before the coins’ first strike, which included Hans Vijlbrief, the state secretary for Finance — Taxation and Tax Authorities, René Hooft Graafland, the chairman of the National Fund May 4 and 5, and the artist behind the coins’ design, Marijke van Warmerdam, who described the inspiration behind the unique concept seen on the obverse and reverse.

Yesterday, with the same restrictions of movement in place, Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima took part in reduced ceremonies to mark the 4th and 5th May anniversary. The royal couple laid a wreath at the national monument memorial in Dam Square in Central Amsterdam, which, under ordinary circumstances, would have been enthusiastically attended with many members of the public.

A special coin press for the first strike was moved from the previous Utrecht location to this new location for the ceremony. After the first five-euro silver Proof coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of Liberation was struck, it was officially inspected by the mintmaster, who then placed it in a presentation case and presented by the mint to Mr. Smit, which concluded the ceremony.

Production of coinage will now be carried out in the new purpose-built site which was moved a few weeks ago from their historic location in Utrecht. The gold and silver commemorative Proof quality and Brilliant Uncirculated coins can be purchased by visiting the website of the Royal Dutch Mint.

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