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The Life of the Turtle From the Pobjoy Mint

Life of the Turtle – A Legendary Pobjoy Mint Proof

Life-of-the-TurtleWell after a few lovely sunny days, the weather has taken a distinct turn for the worse here in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire.

While it may be raining and blowing a gale outside, thankfully the earl grey tea is flowing and the silver coins are gleaming inside.

The proof coin to the left is the Life of the Turtle fresh from the award winning Pobjoy Mint, a company with a pedigree for minting quality coins since Robin Hood was in short trousers.

This is the 2nd coin with a design inspired by the turtle I’ve featured on this blog, the first was the gilded Hawksbill turtle from the New Zealand mint I looked at a couple of weeks back.

This Pobjoy release has an attractive aqua coloured crystal set into the middle of the coin, and has been struck 4 times to ensure the legendary Pobjoy shiny proof finish.

The etching around the coin which encircles the crystal, reveals the epic journey the Indian ocean sea turtle undertakes from egg to adult.

If you fancy adding one of these to your collection, it will currently set you back around £83.

They can be purchased directly from the, their official site.

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The Perth Mint’s Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra

All that Glitters is not Gold and Not All Coins Are Round

australian-map-kookaburra-2012After breakfast and a strenuous round of Actua 3 golf on the playstation that comes free with my rented cottage, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that not all coins are round.

Indeed, some are oval such as the Koban, a Japanese gold coin from the Edo period of feudal Japan, some square like this Australian seasons coin, and some heptagonal, like the British 20p and 50p coins.

However the coin featured in this post is one of the most unusual I’ve ever seen. I’m talking about the Perth Mint’s Australian kookaburra map shaped coin.

This series was released back in 2012 and is currently as rare as hen’s teeth, as it quickly sold out after the first mintage of only 6000.

The coin features 1 troy oz of silver, and was designed by Ing Ing Jong, one of the top graphic designers currently working for the Perth Mint in Australia.

It has been called a unique minting marvel, looking at the innovative design, I can see why.

Although the Perth Mint have no stock left, you may be able to find one from an independent dealer. Failing that, I just checked on ebay and can see a couple of these map shaped proofs listed there. Watch out for any dodgy dealers, only purchase from those on ebay with high feedback ratings.

Anyway, I’m off to work on my virtual golf swing, happy bidding!

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The Twelve Spotted Skimmer

Holograms and Half Ounces? – The Twelve Spotted Skimmer

12-spotted-skimmerAnother bright spring day here in Broad Haven Pembrokeshire heralds another post from me 🙂

Earlier this month this blog took a quick look at the Royal Canadian Mint’s lovely Mallard coin, which was the first in their “Canadian Duck” series.

These only had a small initial mintage of 10000.

I just visited the Canadian Mint’s Website this morning to see how they were selling, and it seems all of these gorgeous Mallard coins have now waddled out the door.

I’m not surprised, this clearly shows that public is loving this series.

So my attention turns to another of their fresh releases, namely their new “Dragonflies series”.

The first in this range designed by illustrator Celia Godkin, is a half ounce fine silver coin called the “Twelve Spotted Skimmer”.

It features a shimmering holographic background of the Skimmer’s natural habitat, in this case a pond or river, and the dragonfly itself.

The coin has a face value of ten dollars, and the Royal Canadian mint have only issued 10,000 skimmers to the public.

Frankly I don’t expect these to sell as quickly as the mallards because they are only 1/2 oz, not the full 1 oz.

They are still lovely looking coins though, and the holographic aspect of the design may well appeal to some so I could be wrong.

Hat’s off to this mint, they are clearly commissioning designers who are straight out of the top drawer.

For more information and specifications about this coin please click here.

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