A Beautifully Simplistic Coin, the Kangaroo at Sunset

Sometimes the simplest design can be one of the most attractive. This is true of the Kangaroo at Sunset coins available from the Royal Australian Mint.

 

2009 $1 Kangaroo at Sunset F12 Privy 1oz Silver Coin

The design of this 1 oz silver coin, also available in gold, was even nominated for a Coin of the Year Award. With its' iconic marsupial image near the top of the coin, and an illustrated reflection leading towards the bottom, it truly is understated in a captivating way.

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Austrian Railways Coin Released

The Austrian Mint today released the 2009 Electric Railway 20 Euro Silver Coin. This coin is the fifth of six coins in their "Austrian Railways" series.

2009 Electric Railway 20 Euro Silver Coin

Austria first started playing with the concept of electric train service in 1882. From that point on, they were pioneers in the field for decades.

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Resistance Fighters Coin Available

A coin that probably means more to the people of Austria than it does to the rest of the world has been released by the Austrian Mint . The Tyrolean Resistance Fighters coin celebrates the resistance movement that occurred in 1809 by the people of the Tyrolean valley.

Austrian Tyrolean Resistance Coin

Tyrolean Resistance Coin

These country folk took up arms to try and prevent the French forces (under Napoleon) and the Bavarian forces from taking over the region. They were loyal to the Emperor of Austria, but he had lost battles with the two superior forces of the French and the Bavarians. Continue reading

2009 Australian Koala, Kookaburra and Kangaroo Bullion Coins

New to World Mint Coins are three gorgeous, world-famous bullion coins from Australia - the silver Koala, silver Kookaburra, and gold Kangaroo.

Australian Koala Silver Coin
Australian Kookaburra Silver Coin
Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin

 

These coins from the Perth Mint of Australia feature annually changing designs, making the coins not only popular with investors but coin collectors as well.

The 2009 Australian Koala Silver Coin marks the third issue of this popular series. The coins are struck in four sizes - 1 kilo, 10 oz, 1 oz, and 1/2 oz, with the 1 kilo size bearing a slightly different design. The koala, native to Australia, is practically an icon synonymous with the country. Continue reading

Medical Pioneer Billroth Gold Coin

Unknown to most, even in his own country of Austria, Theodor Billroth's contributions to the field of medicine has saved many lives, perhaps even your own. In celebration of his works the Austrian Mint has issued the Billroth Gold Coin as part of their "Celebrated Physicians of Austria" series.

Austrian Theodor Billroth 50 Euro Gold Coin

Best remembered for his surgical knowledge, Billroth was also a fine musician and supporter of the Vienna musical society. His friendship with famed composer Johannes Brahms undoubtedly helped to foster some of Brahms' greatest works. Continue reading

Cute Koala Coin Added

As part of our growing collection of coin information available for you, World Mint Coins has added a new section of Australian Coins. Here we will feature beautiful coins produced by the premier facilities from down under like the Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint.

Australian Koala 2009 Gilded Edition 1oz Silver Coin

One such prized example of their work is the 1 oz Gilded Koala Silver Coin available from the Perth Mint. These koalas mark the third year in the silver koala series, but only the second year they have offered a gilded version.

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US Mint Coin Sales to May 2009

2009 Ultra High Relief Gold CoinThe tallies for US Mint coin sales up through May 2009 are in, and there are some interesting figures to report.

Several of the bullion and collector coins were propped up by the late run of gold prices in May, so lets start with a few number there.

2009 Bullion Coin Sales
Gold Eagle Bullion Coin 554,500
Silver Eagle Bullion Coin 11,579,500

 

Gold eagles had their 5th best May since the series began in 1986. The month was also marked as the first in many where the US Mint's authorized dealers failed to order their entire allotted supply. As a result, at times the Mint had remaining inventory on hand.

The 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Coin moved ahead nicely in the last week of May with sales about double their normal level.

Ultra High Relief Gold Coin 64,851

 

Seven of the eight available US Mint sold First Spouse Gold coins enjoyed a final May week of higher sales. Here are the totals for coins sold: Continue reading

New Joseph Haydn Coin Available

In a celebration aimed at 200 years since his death, the Austrian Mint has released the Joseph Haydn Silver coin.With a face value of 5 Euro, this coin will be available in circulated and uncirculated versions.

Austrian Joseph Haydn 5 Euro Silver Coin

 

Joseph Haydn was (and still is today) known the world-over for his compositions. Rising up through adversity, he always sought to improve his knowledge of the music he so loved.

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Austrian Mint’s Basilisk Coin

The first coin in the new series entitled "Tales and Legends in Austria" features a creature not heard of by many, with the possible exception of Harry Potter fans. The Austrian Mint's Basilisk Coin was released earlier this year.

Austrian Basilisk of Vienna Coin

 

Citizens of Vienna are familiar enough with the legend of a basilisk that terrorized their city back in the year 1212. It is said that a terrible smell was coming from a well by a bakery. The fumes were so overpowering, that those who inhaled it died.

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US Mint Annual Proof Set Launch and Coin List

US Annual Proof Set for 2009

On Monday, June 1, the US Mint launches the annual proof set. This year's set includes a total of 18 coins for $26.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.

The price is the most expensive ever for a new issue, but included is more coins than ever -- compared to the 2008 proof set, three more Lincoln cents and one additional quarter.

The always popular collector's set contains uniquely struck 2009 coins that bear the "S" mint mark denoting they were struck at the US Mint in San Francisco. Continue reading

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