Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521), is recognised as the man who led a fleet of Spanish ships on what is regarded as the ‘first circumnavigation of the world’. This intricate antique-finished, fully and high-relief engraved coin depicts the moment Magellan became fatally involved in a tragic local dispute, in the Philippines on 27 April 1521. This coin is presented in a timber treasure chest which sits within a protective draw string sack has been designed to model the transport materials to trade around the globe at that time. The Ferdinand Magellan 2 oz Silver Coin is the fourth release in our Journeys of Discovery Coin Collection - you can check it out here.
The African Lion is the first animal to feature in our brand new Kings of the Continents coin collection, which will portray some of the most dominant and revered animals on each continent. The African Lion is one of the two sub-species of lions in the world today. Their living habitat extends from the south Saharan desert to parts of southern and eastern Africa, where they inhabit grassy plains, savannahs and scrublands. The rough landscapes and long grass allow the hunting female lions to silently creep up on and ambush their unsuspecting prey. Their diet consists of a wide variety of prey such as wildebeest, impala, zebra, giraffe and buffalo as well as smaller animals such as hares, birds and reptiles.
This dramatic 1 oz coin shows a snarling male African Lion in full colour, standing proudly against a backdrop of southern African grasslands. The coin has a worldwide limited mintage of only 5,000 coins, view here.
The Creatures of Greek Mythology is a fantasy-themed coin collection featuring engraved illustrations of dramatic mythical creatures. The third in this coin series by New Zealand Mint the terrifying Minotaur 1 oz Silver Coin. This stnning coin shows an engraved illustration of the mythical creature inside his labyrinth. The Minotaur was a mythical creature with the head and tail of a bull, on the body of a man. Legend tells that King Minos asked the God Poseidon to send him a sign of approval. A beautiful white bull rose from the sea, but when Minos saw it, he coveted the animal and sacrificed another instead. Upon learning of this, Poseidon made the wife of Minos fall in love with the bull. Their offspring was a monster called the Minotaur. The creature caused such terror that he was locked away inside a vast labyrinth. See this coin in all it's glory here.
Dragons are considered powerful protectors in Feng Shui culture creating peace and bringing good fortune into the home and workplace. The strong yang, or male energy, makes the Dragon an auspicious symbol of great honour. As an icon of strength and protection, it keeps one from harm and is a powerful gift to a loved one. When paired with a Phoenix, which represents yin or female energy, an ultimate balance is formed. See this stunning Fine Gold coin here.
The magnificent Snow Leopard may be found in countries throughout Asia including China, Nepal and Mongolia and is the National Heritage Animal of Pakistan. It has been estimated that there are fewer than 7,000 Snow Leopards left in the wild. We have captured an image of this beautiful creature on our new Endangered Species finely engraved silver coin which comes in a unique wildlife wooden crate coin case. See this coin in detail here.