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United Kingdom Proposes New £1 Coin

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 1 pound coin in 2 very visible ways: The coin would probably be bi-metallic, having a silver-colored center surrounded by a gold-colored edge (like the

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. To honor the Winter Olympics and the host city Sochi, Russia began issuing commemorative coins in 2011 with Olympic themes on the reverse. Canada, the previous

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 and World Coin Gallery list them prominently in their search results. eBay auctions for individual foreign coins frequently contain them. NGC’s World Coin Price Guide

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 numbers. In order for coin collectors in the United States, Europe, and similar locations to properly identify both the denomination and year of a Thai

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 see some fancy coins. Very fancy coins. Coins with color pictures on them, or crystals embedded in them, or coins made of silver and gold

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 than the penny (1 cent). The size difference is not easily noticed, which is why the dime is a different color (silver) and has a

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 about half the size of Rhode Island, the smallest US state, to give you an idea of how small it is. Being so small, Andorra

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 all corners of the globe. It should come as no surprise, then, to find out that such an important activity has found its way onto

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 as a British colony, but gained its independence and became the Republic of Singapore in 1965. Singapore’s current population is around 5 million people. The

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, and trade-in value for a coin. There’s another important value that you may sometimes find useful, but it only applies to recent coins – the exchange