Back in September, it seemed the world’s mints might be issuing a smaller number of coins to mark the 2018 Christmas/Holiday Season than last year. Come October, the situation changed rapidly. Those looking for a Christmas gift for the numismatist in their life will find they are spoiled for choice whether their preference is religious, secular, or Disneyfied.
As usual, Australia’s Perth Mint was the first one off the mark. This year it issues its ninth distinctive star-shaped and colorized 40.60 mm, 31.135 gram (1 ounce), .9999 fine silver Australian dollar.
The design shows Bugs Bunny and friend embracing fondly under the mistletoe. It is a natural follow-on from the several Looney Tunes® coins Perth produced in 2018. The coin can double as a tree ornament or be gifted in a Christmas card. Mintage is 3,000.
The same design is used on a BU round 30.60 mm, 13.50 g, aluminum-bronze dollar struck for Tuvalu. It comes as part of an Australia Post philatelic-numismatic cover complete with a 65-cent “Glad Tidings” stamp.
A second PNC contains a similar-sized colored Australian aluminum-bronze dollar. This features two Christmas-hatted Koalas exchanging presents under a mini eucalyptus (gum) tree in the Aussie outback. The accompanying postage stamp reads “Jingle Bells.”
Britain’s Royal Mint is promoting the “R-is-for-Robin” 10p, from its “Great British Alphabetical Coin Hunt,” as an appropriate Christmas coin gift. Certainly this reporter would be most happy to find the silver version in his Christmas stocking.
Then there is the 38.61 mm, 28.28 g, cupro-nickel Nutcracker Great British £5. The reverse design by Harry Brockway shows the Nutcracker soldier and his Ballerina sweetheart as the radiants of an eight-pointed snowflake. The coin is available in a Christmas card, Advent calendar, or official Royal Mint Christmas stocking.
And once again the BRM has produced a traditional 19.41 mm, 3.35 g, .925 fine silver sixpence that once delighted small children when extracted with due diligence from their Christmas pudding.
Mennica Polska has struck two 500 francs CFA proofs for the Republic of Cameroon. Mintage of both is 999.
One consists of a 27.00 mm, 8.80 g, .925 fine silver double-pierced trinket. The partially gilded reverse shows an angel cradled by the sickle moon contemplating the heavens above. Piercings enable a suspension cord to be strung through the piece.
The second is a 33.07×42.50 mm, 20.00 g, .999 fine silver angel-shaped coin. The reverse bears a digital-printed image of a Manga-esque, laser-frosted angel clutching a kitten and crowned with a Christmas wreath. Wrapped gifts stand below.
If a Disney Christmas is the order of the day, then the Pacific island of Niue is where it’s at. Mickey and friends celebrate on a 32 mm, 15.57 g, .999 fine silver 50 cents proof while other assorted Disney characters mix and match on a rectangular 31x53 mm, 31.1 g, .999 fine silver $2 proof. Mintages are 10,000 apiece.
MDM Münzhandelsgesellschaft has opted for a traditional winter’s tale: Father Frost & The Snow Maiden. It comes served with appropriate frostings on a colored oval 45x30 mm, 1 oz, .999 fine silver proof Solomon Island’s $5. The coin is contained inside a Matryoshka Doll pair. Mintage is 5,000.
For those who prefer to mark their Christmas with a time-honored theme, International Coin House has released a rectangular 25x11 mm, 7g, .925 fine silver Macedonian 10 denar celebrating Saint Nicholas himself. The selectively colored reverse depicts the saint with halo picked out in gold powder and accompanied by two Swarovski crystal inserts.
Nicholas should perhaps be the patron saint of numismatics. He is the person credited with starting the tradition of giving coins as gifts. His feast day is Dec. 6.
The Royal Canadian Mint continues its range of Christmas/Holiday Season coins. This year’s issues are led by a neat stocking stuffer. Artist Tony Bianco has produced a 3D snowball fight in full color. The 50 cents is struck on a 25 mm, 12.61 g, nickel-plated steel flan and has a mintage of 20,000.
And for those wanting something a tad more Christmassy, there is a 2018 36.07 mm, 30.75 g, .9999 fine silver proof $25. The design by Calder Moore is that of a glass tree ornament that is further evoked by the coin’s concave shape and the addition of a red Swarovski® crystal. Mintage is 5,500.
For a fourth year, Australia’s Melbourne Coin Company is selling a numismatic Advent Calendar. It comes with 24 windows that, when opened over 24 days in December, will reveal 24 different world coins from Andorra to Zambia. The full coin list can be seen at https://melbournecoinco.com/.
Last but far from least, Palau’s perpetual Golden Christmas Tree dollar is still available from Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust. The tiny 11 mm, 0.5 g, BU gold coin has a mintage of 15,000. It is an ideal stocking filler or tree ornament.
Further releases were anticipated after close of copy. A quick Google search should reveal these latecomers.
In the meantime, a most Merry numismatic Christmas to one and all. Happy Holidays! Yo! Ho! Ho!
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