April 20, 2014

The Coinage of New Guinea


In this first article of a series we will take a look at the coins of countries and territories that can be a great introduction to the collecting of world coinage. While many countries have issued coins for centuries and a complete collection is out of reach to even the most advanced collector, there were […]

Slovakia 10th Anniversary of EU Accession 2 Euro Coin


The National Bank of Slovakia have issued a new commemorative 2 Euro coin which marks a very important moment in the country’s history – that of its accession into the European Union on the 1st May 2004. Slovakia, along with eight Central and Eastern European countries including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland […]

Whose Terms Prevail in Online Coin Auctions?

Terms of Service

Readers of Coin Update News often bid on or order coins online, typically from portals like eBay, iCollector, Auction Zip or Proxibid. Sellers on eBay are more astute when it comes terms of service, primarily because they want good feedback on their sales. Not so with auctioneers who sell coin estates, often through Proxibid, which […]

Queen Elizabeth II Participates in Maundy Thursday 2014


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presided over the Maundy Thursday ceremonies today, the 17th April  traveling to Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire for the Royal Maundy during which among many other traditions, she handed out Maundy Money coins. The ceremony was held for centuries in Whitehall and in Westminster Abbey, London, but since the beginning of […]

Disney Collectible Coin Series Begins with Mickey Mouse in “Steamboat Willie”

Steamboat Willie Silver Coin

A new collectible coin series featuring Disney’s most beloved characters has launched. The first coin features Mickey Mouse in a scene from the 1928 animated short film Steamboat Willie. The film is considered to be the debut of Mickey Mouse, who would become one of the world’s most popular cartoon characters. It is also notable […]

Renowned Hungarian Architect Miklós Ybl Featured on New Coin


The National Bank of Hungary has issued (3rd April) two coins marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Miklós Ybl (1814 – 1891) one of Europe’s leading architects in the mid to late nineteenth century and regarded as Hungary’s most influential architect during his career. He is most remembered for his neo-Renaissance design of […]

US Mint Sales Report: Strong Debut for Great Smoky Mountains 5 oz Silver Coins

Great Smoky Mountains Silver Coin

The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the opening figures for a number of recently released products. This includes the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Dollars, 2014-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle, and the 2014-P Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins, which saw an extremely strong debut. The US Mint began […]

Pobjoy Mint Director Presents Coin to Pope Francis


Taya Pobjoy, Managing director of the Pobjoy Mint, was recently accorded an opportunity to present a coin to Pope Francis on the day of his anniversary of having been elected to the Papacy. On Wednesday the 26th March, Ms. Pobjoy, visited Vatican City and was honored to present a coin produced by the privately owned […]

US Mint Shares Stakeholder Feedback on Possible Circulating Coin Changes


The United States Mint recently shared a summary of the feedback received at a coin industry stakeholder meeting held on March 13, 2014. The invitation only meeting was held for the purpose of seeking direct, first hand input on the impacts of alternative metal compositions for circulating coinage from interested members of of businesses, industries, […]

Flintstones Cartoon Characters Featured on New Collector Coin


The Treasury of the Government of Niue has launched a new collector’s coin which features characters from The Flintstones. The main character’s catch-phrase “yabba dabba doo” is instantly recognized and imitated by enthusiastic watchers over the last five decades! First broadcast in the United States on the 30th September 1960, the Flintstones, promoted as a […]