In March 2014, the Royal Mint (UK) announced plans to release a redesigned 1 pound coin in 2017. The Mint’s prototype design is pictured here, and differs from the current UK…

Coins with Web Addresses

Russia 2011 25 rouble coin with Sochi reverse.  Image courtesy of the Central Bank of Russia. In February 2014, Russia will host the Winter Olympic Games for the first time.…

What are KM Numbers?

Mauritius 1992 5 rupees, KM# 56 Once you start to explore the world of foreign coin collecting, you’ll inevitably run across KM numbers (frequently abbreviated “KM#”). Collecting sites like Numista…

Reading Thai Numbers and Dates

Thailand 1962 1 baht Thailand, located in southeast Asia a little south of China, is another country that does not use Western Arabic (European) numerals (0, 1, 2, 3…) to represent…

Collectible Coins Versus Circulating Coins

If you browse the coins available for sale at a large world mint like the Royal Canadian Mint, alongside uncirculated and proof sets of the country’s regular coins you’ll probably…

Small World Coins

In the United States, our smallest circulating coin is the dime (10 cents). Its diameter is 18mm (a little less than 3/4 of an inch), which is only 1mm smaller…

Andorra’s New Euro Coins In 2014

The winning designs for Andorra’s new euro coins. Andorra is a small country (a microstate) with a population of around 85,000 located in Europe between France and Spain. Andorra is…

Soccer Coins

Football (or soccer, as it is known in the US) is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world, regularly played by hundreds of millions of children and adults in…

New Singapore Coin Designs in 2013

Singapore is a small island city-state located in Southeast Asia, just off the southern tip of Malaysia (near Indonesia and Australia). It spent the first half of the 20th century…

Foreign Coin Exchange Values

India 5 rupees Exchange value: $0.09 US Recently we discussed ways that you can research the value of a foreign coin. We talked about the difference between book value, market value,…