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Discover the Christopher Columbus Silver Coin

Explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506) was born in Genoa, Italy. Under the patronage of the Spanish royal family, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. These efforts established permanent settlements and initiated Spanish colonization of the New World. Through this, Columbus has been credited as opening up the Americas to European trade.

With economic competition between European kingdoms on the rise, Columbus proposed to reach the East Indies by sailing westward. This daring plan was seen as a chance to establish new trade routes with Asia. In August of 1492, after 36 days of sailing, Columbus set foot on an island in the modern day Bahamas, rather than Japan as he had originally intended.

Returning to Spain a year later, Columbus gave a glowing, though somewhat exaggerated report and was warmly received by the Spanish court. Over the course of three more voyages, he visited the Greater and Lesser Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America, claiming them for the Spanish Empire. Though we now believe Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his voyages generated lasting European contact with the New World. This inaugurated a period of European exploration, conquest, trade and colonization that was to last for centuries.

In what has become known as the ‘Columbian Exchange’, these expeditions set in motion a widespread transfer on a global scale. Foods from the Americas such as potatoes, tomatoes and corn became staples within Europe, while wheat from Europe became a main food source for people in the Americas. Life would never be the same again. 

The Christopher Columbus 2 oz Silver coin marks the second release in the Journeys of Discovery Coin Collection, following the Marco Polo 2 oz Silver coin. This antique-finished, fully engraved and high-relief engraved coin depicts the exhilarating moment Christopher Columbus first lands on a beach in the New World in 1492. The packaging of a protective draw string sack has been designed to model the transport materials to trade around the globe at that time. You can view the coin here.

Journeys of Discovery Collectible Coins - NZ Mint

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Disney Season's Greetiings Collectible Coins

NZ Mint is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Season’s Greetings Proof quality ½ oz and 1 oz Disney Collectible Coins in Fine Silver.

This year’s Season’s Greetings ½ oz Silver coin features a joy-filled image of our favourite Disney characters, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy bearing gifts and ready to celebrate Christmas. The coin is presented in a beautiful star-shaped coin case, complete with ribbon and ready to be hung on the Christmas tree. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed onto the packaging.

This first Classic style Season’s Greetings 1 oz Silver coin release features an illustration from the original 1935 Disney Corporate Season’s Greetings card, and it comes presented in packaging which is a replica of the 1935 Disney Corporate Season’s Greetings card.

Issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the authority of Niue Island, only 10,000 of each 1/2 oz silver coin and 1 oz silver coin design will be released worldwide.

These precious Disney silver coins would make a lovely Christmas memento for family and friends, coin collectors and Disney fans. 

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Pygmy Hippo features in Endangered Species Collection

This fifth release in the Endangered Species coin collection features a beautiful mirrored image of the Pygmy Hippopotamus. This endearing nocturnal animal is native to the forests and swamps of West Africa and is believed to have descended as a species from the common Hippo. 

A smaller cousin of the Hippopotamus, the Pygmy Hippo is only half as tall and weighs less than one quarter of its weight. Adult Pygmy Hippos may grow up to 80 cm (31 in) in height, and are believed to have diverged from the common Hippo over 10 million years ago. Like its larger cousin, the Pygmy Hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, relying on water to keep its body temperature stable and its skin moisturized.

Pygmy Hippos are nocturnal and reclusive by nature. While some live as pairs, individual male Hippos are also known to wander between territories inhabited by females.  Surprisingly, these animals are not aggressive when they meet, tending to simply ignore one another instead. It has been estimated that fewer than 3,000 Pygmy Hippos now remain in the wild. These may be primarily found in Liberia, with small populations in Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. 

The Pygmy Hippopotamus relief Silver coin shows an endangered Pygmy Hippopotamus in the swamplands of West Africa, with the scene mirrored in the finely engraved water. Find out more about this intricate Endangered Species coin here.

Endangered Species Collectible Coins - NZ Mint


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Epic New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collection

New Zealand Mint is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Star Wars:The Force Awakens coin collection to celebrate this long awaited film release. The first coin in this exciting new series features Kylo Ren, a dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber! This stunning Kylo Ren 1 oz Silver coin features a colourful image of this much anticipated new Star Wars character.

Further releases include Captain Phasma on 19 October. Clad in distinctive metallic armour, Captain Phasma is a Chrome trooper working for the new Empire who commands the First Order’s legions of Troopers. Also, a 1 oz silver Rey coin is due for release on 16 November. Rey hails from a desert planet called Jakku and lives in a ship graveyard. She is a self-sufficient and solitary survivor is toughened from a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the desert. Her adventure begins here…

With a limited worldwide mintage of only 10,000 silver coins each, we expect demand will outstrip supply! Check out the new Kylo Ren coin here.

Star Wars:The Force Awakens Collectible Coins - NZ Mint

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Final Release Thunderbird Anniversary Gold Coin

We are delighted to release the Thunderbirds 50th Anniversary 1/4 oz Gold coin to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Sci-Fi tv show 'Thunderbirds'. This release completes the Thunderbirds coin collection by New Zealand Mint

Gerry Anderson’s iconic Sci-Fi show blasted onto television screens in 1965. Using a unique puppet system known as SuperMarionation, Thunderbirds became an instant hit. Set in the year 2065 on a secret island base, the series stars the Tracy family, who together battle the forces of evil as ‘International Rescue’. Included in this line up were five vehicles known as Thunderbirds. Piloted by the talented Tracy brothers, the dynamic combination ensured heroic search and rescue missions in each intrepid episode. Today Thunderbirds remains one of the most influential British Sci-Fi television shows of its era, and continues to play an influential part in modern culture.

The coin is packaged in a high-quality wooden coin case and presented in a Thunderbirds-themed outer box with a uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The Thunderbirds 50 Years Anniversary ¼ oz Gold Coin is highly collectible, with a worldwide limited mintage  of only 1,000 coins, making this an superb gift for any Thunderbirds fan or coin aficionado. You can check out the coin here.

Thunderbirds Coin Collection - NZ Mint

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