The New Zealand Mint, based in Auckland, was established in 1967. This private company is primarily a producer of commemorative and investment coins for the Pacific islands - Niue, Samoa, Tuvalu and Fiji. It also provides the Czech Mint and other mints with a license to mint their own coins. New Zealand coins are not produced in the New Zealand Mint, however in the mints in the UK and Canada.
The New Zealand Mint has managed to bring together a number of world-famous pop culture brands - Star Wars, Star Trek, DC Comics, Harry Potter and Disney - that regularly appear on its products.
Commemorative and investment coins of the Czech Mint
Under the name "coins of the Czech Mint", the Czech Mint mints a number of its own products in foreign licenses, which are provided by the New Zealand Mint. These products are not only a currency, but also a collector's and investment item. They combine the advantages of coins, i.e. nominal value and a tax regime with a zero VAT rate (in the case of gold mintages), with the advantages of commemorative medals, which consist of limited schedule of issuance and colorful, artistically crafted motifs. The coins are dedicated to domestic or purely global topics and although they find inspiration mainly in the past, current motifs also appear on them.
The reverse sides of all coins of the Czech Mint must contain the year of issue, the nominal value, the name of the issuer and its national symbol. The coins of the island of Niue bear a portrait of the Queen of the Commonwealth, Elizabeth II. (whereas the coin may alternatively bear the national emblem instead of the queen) and the nominal valued in New Zealand dollars (NZD - the island is loosely associated with New Zealand). Coins minted with the permission of the island of Samoa also bear the British Queen, which, however, is accompanied by the national emblem, together with the Samoan Dollar (WST). The license of the state of Tuvalu requires coins depicting Queen Elizabeth II. and indicating the nominal value in Tuvalu dollars (TVD). The license of the Fiji archipelago then requires the indication of the national emblem and nominal value in Fiji Dollars (FJD).
Münze Österreich is the only official mint in Austria. Its history began 800 years ago. The then Duke of Austria and Styria, Leopold V. Babenberg, went down the history when captured the legendary English King Richard I, called The Lionheart, who was returning to his homeland from the Third Crusade. Richard paid 100,000 grzywna of silver as a ransom for his release. Half of this astronomical sum was passed to Leopold and stood at the birth of the Wiener Münze - the forerunner of the current mint. Since then, various types of coins have been minted here - for example groschen, ducat, gulden or kreuzer.
The Mint in Vienna is 100% owned by the Austrian Central Bank. It was the only one with the right to mint the Austrian shilling, and its task has been to produce the currency of the European Union since 2002. The Austrian Mint supplies the full Austrian share of euro and cent coins thanks to experience and modern equipment.
The Austrian Mint is also a supplier of gold and silver blanks (semi-finished products for the production of coins), from which, among other things, Czech coins are minted.
Investment coins Wiener Philharmoniker
In addition to circulation coins, you will also find one of the most popular gold investment coins, called the Wiener Philharmoniker, in the issuance plan of Münze Österreich. It is number one on the European market and it is sought after by investors from all over the world thanks to considerable liquidity and exemption from VAT.
The Wiener Philharmoniker coin has been minted since 1988. During that time, it exceeded all sales expectations and became the best-selling coin in the world several times. Its nominal value is given in euros and it is minted in a wide range of weights. The Mint has also minted a silver variant of this coin with the same motif since 2008.
On the obverse side of the coin there is an depiction of an organ from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein - the seat of the famous Vienna Philharmonic. The reverse side is then decorated with various instruments of the Philharmonic.
The Royal Mint, based in Llantrisant, South Wales, now mints coins not only for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but also for 60 other countries around the world. Its production capacity is 90 million coins a week – i.e. almost 5 billion coins a year. At the same time, it is a supplier of blanks (semi-finished products for the production of coins), from which, among other things, Czech coins are minted. The British Treasury owns 100% of the Mint.
The Royal Mint in its current form was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. in 1968. This happened on the occasion of the decimalization of the British currency (or the transition to the decimal system). However, the tradition of the British Mint is much older and dates back more than a thousand years. The Roayl Mint is closely associated with the famous Tower of London, where it has been situated for centuries, and with the personality of Isaac Newton, who was not only a brilliant physicist but also a mint master. During his tenure at the head of the Royal Mint, he fought hard against counterfeiters, he became an expert on economics and de facto introduced the gold standard.
British coins combine a thousand years of experience with traditional themes. The Czech Mint is the official distributor of The Royal Mint products for the Czech Republic, so it can offer you a number of interesting facts from the British issuance plan.
Investment coins Sovereign
The history of Great Britain is linked to a number of great kings and queens. The name of the gold investment coin Sovereign - translated as Vladař refers to the tradition of the island monarchy.
The first gold Sovereign coins were minted in Great Britain between 1489 and 1603. Their purity was originally 23 carats, but King Henry VIII. reduced it to 22 carats, setting a new world standard. Sovereign coins appeared in 1817 - after the monarchy had enacted gold as the only measure of values. They were part of the British gold standard as currency until 1932, and today they are purely investment coins.
Sovereign coins have borne a portrait of every British monarch during more than two centuries and they are currently paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait of the queen is supplemented with a scene from the fight of St. George with the dragon. Thanks to the depiction of a popular saint, the coin will serve not only as a smart investment, but also as a valuable gift or talisman for good luck.
The Kremnica Mint was founded on 17 November 1328 and since then it has minted coins that are among the world's best. After seven centuries, it is still one of the oldest continuously producing companies in the world.
Its story began when the Hungarian King Charles I. Robert of Anjou promoted Kremnica from a settlement that grew up on rich gold deposits to a free royal city and at the same time granted it the right to mint coins.
Ducats were one of the most famous Kremnica coins. They were characterized by a high and constant purity of the gold, thanks to which they were considered the hardest currency in Central Europe in the Middle Ages. 21.5 million of pieces were created in Kremnica. The mint prospered even after the gold made way for less precious metals, and was one of the first to start minting silver thalers.
There have been a number of coin cities - Bratislava in Slovakia, Nagy Banya in Hungary, Alba Iulia in Romania - but Kremnica has surpassed them all, both in terms of quality and quantity of production. Therefore, Hungary abolished all unpromising mints, leaving only Kremnica at the end of the 19th century.
When the crown currency was introduced in Austria-Hungary in 1892, the Kremnica Mint easily managed the sharp increase in the production of this new type of currency. Czechoslovakian crown coins were minted in Kremnica even after 1918. The company survived the hardships of both world wars and was our only mint for the entire era of Czechoslovakia.
After the division of Czechoslovakia, Kremnica entered the service of the newly formed Slovak Republic. It started minting Slovak crowns on January 23, 1993, and the first Slovak euro coins were issued at the end of 2008 …
The Swiss company Argor-Heraeus is one of the world's leading processors of precious metals. It refines mainly gold (with a capacity of up to 400 tons per year), but also silver, platinum and palladium. In addition to the production of investment ingots, the company's issuance plan also includes the recycling of precious metals and the production of semi-finished products for industry.
The private company with headquarters in Mendrisio in southern Switzerland and branches in Germany, Italy and Chile was established in 1951. It is owned by Heraeus, Commerzbank, Münze Österreich and Argor-Heraeus management.
Thanks to its reputation, Argor-Heraeus was accredited by the London Precious Metals Exchange LBMA in 1961 to the prestigious list of gold producers entitled "good delivery". The quality of the company's products on this list meets the highest standards, therefore, they are accepted with confidence by traders and stock exchanges around the world. In addition, Argor-Heraeus is one of five experts appointed by the LBMA to oversee compliance with good delivery standards.
Argor-Heraeus products represent the most popular and best-selling brand of investment ingots made of precious metals in the Czech Republic. In the offer of the Czech Mint you will find stamped and cast gold bars as well as a unique Kinebar ingot weighing one troy ounce, on the back of which is a hologram called "Kinegram". It provides the ingot with a beautiful and original look and at the same time it serves as an effective security element against counterfeiting.
All Argor-Heraeus gold bars are 999.9 / 1000 pure (this is a maximum of 24 carat gold), they are exempt from VAT and supplemented with a certificate of authenticity. They contain the embossed company logo, weight and purity information, the quality seal of the Swiss Central Office for Precious Metals Control, together with the production number.
The Swiss company PAMP (Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux) is a renowned processor of precious metals. The brand is a leader in the US, Middle East and India markets. It controls more than a half of the global market for gold bars weighing less than 50 grams. It also deals with the industrial processing of precious metals.
The company, which is a member of the MKS Group, was founded in Switzerland in 1977. It holds the "good delivery" certificate of the London Precious Metals Exchange LBMA - this proves the maximum possible quality and guarantees the free exchangeability of its ingots anywhere in the world. The Responsible Jewelery Council has awarded the company a certificate proving its ethical conduct, respect for human rights and social and environmental standards.
Investment bricks Fortuna
PAMP stamps investment products. Therefore it guarantees greater safety against counterfeiters and a higher aesthetic value than in the case of casting. The company is known for the production of gold ingots with the emblem of Fortuna - the Roman goddess of fortune and abundance - which will serve not only as an investment, but also as a beautiful gift.