The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has launched (9th August) their 2019-dated range of “Kiwi” collector and bullion coins, which is an annual series featuring one of the country’s most endearing and internationally acquainted birds: The kiwi. This ...

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New Zealand launches 2019-dated Kiwi bullion and collector gold and silver coins

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has launched (9th August) their 2019-dated range of “Kiwi” collector and bullion coins, which is an annual series featuring one of the country’s most endearing and internationally acquainted birds: The kiwi. This year, both the gold and silver coins feature the North Island brown kiwi in its natural habitat.

Aside from the fact that kiwis are New Zealand’s national bird, and is a name often associated with inhabitants of these islands, these flightless birds may look quite bizarre as they lack visible wings. Actually, the genus name Apteryx means “wingless” in Latin, and the scientific name for this particular breed of kiwi of the North Island brown kiwi is Apteryx mantelli. They are one of five species of kiwi found in New Zealand and have a characteristically spiky brown plumage, streaked with reddish brown. Their long thin bill is ivory in colour, and uniquely for birds, has nostrils located at the end. As their name suggests, this kiwi breed is found in some abundance on New Zealand’s North Island — and like all kiwis — they are nocturnal, terrestrial birds. They spend their day in burrows dug into the ground with powerful claws and hunt for invertebrates or insects, which constitute the majority of their diet. The insects are found by probing beneath leafy litter with their long beaks.

Kiwi pairs can usually mate for life, although separations for unknown reasons are not uncommon. During the breeding season, which runs from June to March, they are extremely territorial —with males usually defending their territory through calling displays, but may occasionally fight off intruding birds. Females produce one of the most disproportionately largest eggs of any bird, comprising about 15 percent of her body weight. These enormous egg are laid within the burrow, with two eggs being included in a clutch. However, they are laid up to three or four weeks apart, and up to three different clutches can be laid in one year. In a similar condition to penguins, for instance, the male North Island brown kiwi has the role of incubating the egg and has developed a bare patch of skin on his belly, known as a brood patch, that facilitates the transfer of heat to the developing egg. During the incubation stage, which lasts from 75 to 90 days, the male will leave the egg to forage during the night and will conceal the burrow entrance whilst he is away. Kiwi chicks hatch fully-feathered and will venture out of the nest when they are about a week old, but instinctively return to the nest each day until they leave their natal territory at just four to six weeks of age.

$1 silver Reverse Proof coin. Hover to zoom.

$1 silver Proof coin.

$10 gold coin.

The new 2019-dated coins are designed by Dave Burke and are produced by the BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt (Mint) GmbH, at their facilities in Baden-Württemberg, on behalf of the Reserve Bank. The reverse design, which is shared on all of the varieties of metal and qualities, features the brown kiwi in its natural habitat and it is seen foraging for a morsel in the underbrush. The design is surrounded on both sides with a linear symmetrical pattern and the denomination of TEN DOLLARS or ONE DOLLAR above the primary design. The reverse design on the silver Proof coins is further highlighted with selective gold plating. The text BROWN KIWI APTERYX MANTELLI is seen below the design and is arranged in two lines.

$1 silver Reverse Proof coin.

$1 silver Proof coin.

$10 gold coin.

The obverse includes an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which is the work of artist Ian Rank-Broadley, and has been seen on all New Zealand circulation and many commemorative coins since 1999.

Denom.

MetalWeightDiameterQuality

Maximum Mintage

$1

.999 Silver

31.1 g40 mmReverse Proof

7,500

$1

.999 Silver

31.1 g40 mmProof with selective gold plating

2,500

$10

.9999 Gold

7.78 g26 mmProof

500




All 2019-dated Kiwi coins are encapsulated, with the Proof versions being presented in a custom display case accompanied by an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. The Reverse Proof strikes are packaged in a folder with colourful graphics and illustrations. For additional information about these and other coins issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, please visit the website of the New Zealand Post.

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Unprecedented Tyrant Collection of historic Italian coins at Long Beach

A rare Doppio ducat of French King Louis XII as the Duke of Milan (1499-1512) is one of the many highlights of the “Tyrants of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas” exhibit at the September 2018 Long Beach Expo. Photo credit: Lyle Engleson/Goldberg Coins & Collectibles.

The following is a press release courtesy of Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

(Long Beach, California) August 3, 2018 — Famous gold and silver coins of Italy from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection, ranging from Gelon, tyrant of the cities of Gela and Syracuse in 485 B.C., to King Victor Emmanuel III in 1933, will be publicly displayed together for the first time, September 6-8, 2018.

The unprecedented exhibit, “Tyrants of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas,” will be a featured attraction at the September 2018 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (Long Beach Expo) in Long Beach, California.

There are 365 historic coins in the $8 million display celebrating numismatic treasures from Sicily on the south to Turin on the north. The exhibit is divided into regions by their boundaries with bodies of water, such as the Arno and Po rivers, and the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas, and showcases some exceedingly rare issues.

Spanish King Carlos (Charles) III is depicted as ruler of Sicily on this rare gold four-ducati struck in 1727 in Palermo. It is part of the Tyrant Collection’s “Tyrants of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas” exhibit at the September 2018 Long Beach Expo. Photo credit: Lyle Engleson/Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

“This part of the extensive Tyrant Collection, the world’s most valuable rare coin collection in private hands, encompasses the expansive area that evolved into modern Italy. The impressive coins in the exhibit range from frequently seen ancients to medieval and modern issues of great rarity,” explained Ira Goldberg President of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. Goldberg is one of the numismatic professionals providing guidance in assembling the wide-ranging collection.

“It is a massive collection that vividly depicts the generations of rulers who held sway in their respective regions of old Italy,” said Bruce Lorich, who cataloged the exhibit.

This historic gold zecchino (1625-1629) of the Venetian doge Giovanni I. Corner depicts him kneeling while being blessed by Mark, the patron saint of Venice, and depicts Christ on the reverse side giving a benediction. It is a rarity that is part of a superb collection of Italian gold coins in the September 2018 Long Beach Expo $8 million exhibit “Tyrants of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas.” Photo credit: Lyle Engleson/Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Among the many high-quality rarities in the display are gold ducats and zecchino of the Venetian Doges, including Giovanni Dandalo, Giovanni I. Corner and Francesco Contarini, and a Doppio ducat of the French King Louis XII when he was the Duke of Milan from 1499 until his death in 1512. The Venetian gold ducat collection is complete, and the exhibit features the only complete set in private hands of every Doge of Venice who struck a gold ducat.

The extensive array of Sicilian coins in the Tyrants of Charybdis section of the exhibit includes an ancient gold 100-litrae of Dionysios I and a rare gold 1727 four-ducati of Carlo III of Palermo.

The owner of The Tyrant Collection wants to remain anonymous while he shares the collection’s coins with the public for their educational value. This is the third exhibit in a planned multi-year series of different displays at the Long Beach Expo.


Visitors to the September 2018 Long Beach Expo exhibit (booth #807) can receive a free, illustrated educational booklet about this latest, amazing display. Detailed catalogs with information and illustrations about each coin in the “Tyrants of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas” exhibit will be available for $10 each.

The Long Beach Expo will be held in the Long Beach, California Convention Center at 100 S. Pine Ave. Public hours are Thursday and Friday, September 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Australia: Sun sets on the golden kangaroo fifth-ounce coin

Background photo by Fir0002.

The Royal Australian Mint has announced (6th August) that after an 11 year period of making available the iconic “Kangaroo at Sunset” $25 gold fifth-ounce ounce Proof coin through their annual ballot, the mint will mark 2018 with the coin’s final release. Available exclusively by ballot, the Kangaroo at Sunset $25 gold Proof coin release has been a yearly tradition for the mint and was first struck in 2007. Designed by RAM artisan Wojciech Pietranik, the coin depicts a lone kangaroo crossing the red soil desert plains against a setting sun, capturing the beauty of the Australian outback. The one-fifth ounce piece quickly became one of the flagship coins issued by the Royal Australian Mint and was a firm favourite for collectors and bullion buyers alike. In 2018, this will be the final year for the Kangaroo at Sunset coin, and, as such, only 1,000 coins are to be produced. It is expected that the ballot for purchasing this coin will be the most subscribed to and popular yet.

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The Royal Australian Mint has advised that both Australian and international customers are eligible for the ballot, and those that are not registered with the mint have until the 13th August to do so. The ballot closes on the 24th September and will be drawn on the 27th September. With the conclusion of the Kangaroo at Sunset series, the Royal Australian Mint has announced big plans that a new ballot beginning next year will replace the Kangaroo at Sunset coin, adding that details will be announced soon.

The last of the Kangaroo at Sunset coins will be especially collectible since the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II is to be included on the obverse along with the year 2019. That same year, Australians will see the introduction of a new fifth effigy of the Queen.

Denom.MetalWeightDiameterQualityMaximum Mintage
$25.9999 Gold6.22 g21.69 mmProof1,000




The 2019 Kangaroo at Sunset $25 gold Proof coin will have a strictly limited mintage of 1,000 pieces and there is a limit of one ballot entry per customer. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom-made Jarrah wood case and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

For those who would like to participate in the ballot, but are not yet registered customers of the Royal Australian Mint, please note that you will have until the 14th August to sign up online or by calling (in Australia) 1300 652 020.

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Australia: Latest gold convex-shaped coin features historic 1626 map of the Western Hemisphere

Background image by Sean Baker.

The Royal Australian Mint has issued (6th August) new gold coins which are a follow-up to the popular convex-shaped coin featuring exploration and discovery that highlighted some of the world’s most intriguing maps of their day. The first coin in this interesting series highlighted the 1812 map of James Cook (1728–1779), which included astonishingly detailed information and depictions of continents, coastlines, and even currents enabling future explorers and merchants to open lucrative trade routes and better navigate their ships. The map included illustrations of the two hemispheres and detailed information about the two southern continents, South America and Australia, which was not previously seen. Artistry, craftsmanship, and history combine in a new gold-domed coin which is the second and final release in the popular Terrestrial Gold Dome series.

The new coin focuses on the subject of exploration and features a design which captures the Western Hemisphere depicted on a richly-decorated map that was published in 1626 by Englishman John Speed (1552–1629), a prominent cartographer during the Stuart era. Speed was, without doubt, the most famous English cartographer of any period — a result of his atlas which was published as ”The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine.” His skills at creating individual maps were the best known of their era and among the most sought-after of all maps known at the time. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up-to-date sources available, but Speed also made innovations of his own by introducing town plans on many of the maps. He also included county boundaries on almost all of his maps and the coats of arms of local earls and dukes, in addition to the royal arms. The overall effect produced very decorative, attractive, and informative maps.

The design of the 1626 A New Map of the World coin reflects the detailed artwork of a beautiful and fascinating 17th-century map and truly captures the excitement and opulence of an age of discovery. It is noteworthy to mention that his map of the world and the Americas shows California depicted as an island. It is amongst the earliest ever printed to depict this 17th-century cartographic “fact” which was later dispelled when the peninsula of Baja California was more accurately detailed.

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The reverse of the coin intricately details the Western Hemisphere of the 1626 two-panel map that depicts a rendition of what was believed to be an accurate outline of North and South America, along with all of the labelling seen on the original work. Above the primary design is the text 1626 A NEW AND ACCVRAT MAP OF THE WORLD, with the names of the then-famous explorers whose efforts discovered the new lands: COLUMBUS – DRAKE – CANDISH – MAGELLIN, positioned below the map.

The obverse includes the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and has been used on all circulation coinage in Australia since 1999. The coin’s denomination of 100 DOLLARS is placed below the Queen’s effigy. 2018 is the last year when this effigy will be used, since, in 2019, a new portrait will be introduced.

Denom.

Metal

WeightDiameterQuality

Maximum Mintage

$100

.9999 Gold

31.1 g38.5 mmProof

750




The new 2018 $100 gold Proof domed coin will be presented in a custom polished wooden case and is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity which reflects the magnificence of the era of discovery. The coins, which are limited to just 750 pieces, are expected to appeal to collectors worldwide, thus securing an order is highly recommended. For additional information about this coin and others available from the Royal Australian Mint, please visit their website.

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Falkland Islands: The return of the penguins

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have announced (2nd August) the return of a new collection of collector 50-pence coins featuring various breeds of penguins. Following the amazing success of the first set of Falkland Islands penguin 50-pence coins in 2017, the Falkland Islands treasury has announced the launch of a brand new set of five coins featuring the five breeds of penguin that are indigenous to the region.

These curious but flightless birds, whose natural habitat is, for the most part, in the Antarctic regions are varied in terms of their appearance and behaviour. The Falkland Islands, in particular, is considered the penguin capital of the world, and for good reason. Today, however, it is almost impossible to believe that back in the 18th century these beautiful birds were almost hunted to extinction as the source for an oil product and, in the case of some breeds, for their beautiful skin. Thankfully, conservation and awareness have changed this and the penguins are now a favourite with tourists and thriving. This new series of coins features close-ups, or “headshots,” of the five variations of penguins that inhabit the Falkland Islands — each shown in glorious colour to enhance the detail.

The first coin released in the new five-coin series features the very distinctive macaroni penguin. Found from the Sub Antarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula, the macaroni is so named because of the noodle-like yellow shaded feathers on its head and is also one of the six species of crested penguins. They make up the largest population of all penguins, but in the Falklands, their numbers occur in very small numbers and nest amongst rockhopper colonies in the islands. Like all penguins, the macaroni is flightless, with a streamlined body and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine lifestyle and propulsion in the water.

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The coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint at their facilities in Surrey, England, on behalf of the treasury of the Falkland Islands. The reverse of the coin features a close-up headshot of a macaroni penguin, which is shown in glorious colour, highlighting the most distinctive feature of this breed — the golden crests which start at the centre of the forehead and then sweep above the eyes.

The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is an exclusive design of the Pobjoy Mint.

Denom.MetalWeightDiameterQualityMaximum Mintage
50 penceCupro-nickel8 g27.3 mmSelect Brilliant Unc. with applied colour7,500




The first coins are due for delivery on the 15th August and pre-issue orders are now being accepted. A new collector’s album to hold the series of five coins is set against a beautiful image of a group of king penguins, which also includes information on each breed and gives important facts about the individual penguins. Additional breeds of penguins included for the 2018-dated series will be the gentoo, king, Magellanic, and southern rockhopper. For more information on this coin and others issued from the treasury of the Falkland Islands, please visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint.

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