In a world full of coins, there is not much difference in their overall shape. Despite various sizes and metal content, the shape of the coin is nearly always round and thin. There are, however, a few very unique coins struck by various Mints around the world that break these conformities. From domed coins to volcano shaped coins, you will be surprised the examples ModernCoinMart has to offer!
ModernCoinMart (MCM) carries a number of coins that do not conform to the known standard of round, thin metal pieces. These unique examples come from all over the world, bringing shapes and designs unique to the cultures or minting technology of the countries they were struck for. These amazing coins boast low mintages, exceptional eye appeal, and above all – extreme uniqueness! Check out the top 9 odd-shaped coins available at MCM right now!
The first coin in this group is the pure silver Maple Leaf-shaped proof coin from the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM). The RCM has always been at the forefront of coin design, and with the prevalent use of maple leaves in their coin designs, it should be no surprise that they struck a Maple Leaf-Shaped coin! The first Maple Leaf-shaped coin was released in 2015 and sold out from the Mint within only two days. This coin was so popular that the premiums on the secondary marked were, at times, up to 5x the original price! Now in 2016, the RCM has released a follow-up to this coin – this time struck with a stunning colorized finish. This Colorized Maple Leaf-Shaped coin has a very low, worldwide mintage of 15,000 coins. If they are as popular as the first release, you can expect us to run out of supply quickly!
The second coin in this group is from the Map-Shaped coin series struck by the Perth Mint. Like the RCM, the Perth Mint is no stranger in the world of unusual coins. Since 2012, the Perth Mint has been issuing two of these coins every year commemorating a native creature of Australia against a colorized background. The unique bit about the coin is not the design itself, however, but the fact that it is shaped like the Island of Australia! The latest release in this series is a 2016 issue featuring the Great White Shark. With a mintage of only 6,000 coins, this Great White Shark Map-Shaped coin is certain to be popular!
To commemorate the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the New Zealand Mint struck a very high quality, domed coin with a convex reverse representing a cricket ball! This 2015 ICC Cricket-Shaped coin proved to be very popular, and its limited mintage of 2,015 coins – the unique number meant to commemorate the World Cup – quickly sold out. With its cricket ball design enhanced by Mint packaging also resembling a cricket ball, this is a must have for cricket ball fans.
The Mint of Poland was also making history in 2015. Using brand new technology, the Mint of Poland successfully created the first Spherical coin in Numismatic History! Struck out of 7 oz. of .999 fine silver, this stunning coin is solid all the way through and really does form a perfect sphere. It was struck to commemorate the Seven New Wonders of the World, selected by a mass poll from the New7Wonders foundation. It is struck with the design of the Earth, appearing like a small globe, with the location of each New World Wonder highlighted with a Swarovski crystal. This coin was struck with Proof and Antiqued Proof finishes, with a mintage of 1,007 for each finish. The Proof finish coins sold out almost immediately, but a few of the Antiqued finish coins which were released later, are still available.
The Mint of Poland again made history in 2016 with the release of a 6 oz. .9999 fine silver coin shaped like Mount Vesuvius! Known as the Volcano that destroyed Pompeii, this coin is shaped with a very detailed depiction of the volcano. It has been struck by the Mint of Poland in both Proof and Antiqued Finishes like on their 7 New Wonders Spherical coin, yet this time around mintage is lower with 600 coins per finish! With the history of such a coin combined with its incredible eye appeal, this item has been a huge hit among collectors.
The Coin Invest Trust is another powerhouse in the numismatic industry that works in conjunction with the Mayer Mint. In 2015, they produced a small .9999 fine ½ gram gold coin for the country of Cook Islands that in the shape of an egg! This sharp coin was designed to commemorate the egg painting that occurs all over the world. From the famous Faberge Egg of Imperial Russia to our yearly easter eggs, it is a tradition of many cultures to paint egss with bright colors. What is unique about this coin is that it is not only shaped with the outline of an egg, but has been struck in a curved pattern to give a 3D representation of an egg! Its magnificent colorful design and very limited mintage of only 1,500 caused it sell out quickly from the Mint. Another golden egg coin was struck in 2016, with a different design and a higher mintage.
Coin Invest Trust proved to be more than a one-trick pony in the field of odd-shaped coins. In 2015 they released another unique coin to represent the Space Time Continuum. This coin is struck from ½ oz. of .999 fine silver into a square shape. In the center of this square however, is a unique circular ripple struck into the silver! This extremely unique shape definitely looks like something you would only find in a Sci-fi TV show, and a mintage of only 1,500 makes this coin extremely unique.
Coin Invest Trust made history in 2016 with the production of the first Beer Cap-Shaped coin! This prooflike silver coin from the country of Palau commemorates 500 years of Bavarian Purity Law – a law created to regulate the ingredients of beer to ensure quality. This coin sports a beautiful colorized finish, and with its proof like finish, it really does look like a beer cap! With the low worldwide mintage of 2,500 and an amazingly innovative design, it is no wonder that there are only a few coins left for sale at the Mint’s website.
The Royal Australian Mint released their own odd-shaped coins with the release of the Southern Sky coin series back in 2012. These coin were struck with an extremely high-quality dome shape, to represent the night sky. These coins were issued with various constellations in the southern sky portrayed on their concave reverse sides, with beautiful colorization and embossment. This series was immensely popular among collectors, and coins sold out very quickly upon their release. This series was so popular in fact, that the Royal Australian Mint continued with a Northern Sky coin series! The first release was the Northern Sky Cassiopeia coin, and despite popularity following the success of the first series, a few are still available to purchase at MCM. The next release in the Northern Sky Coin series commemorates Ursa Major and will be coming soon to MCM! This series is expected to be very popular, so act quickly to secure yours upon their arrival!
The envelope of numismatic excellence is being pushed further every day by the above-mentioned Mints and many other numismatic organizations around the world. These companies invent new ways to astonish numismatists with their designs and their skill. And when new, unique coins like these are issued, you can be sure ModernCoinMart will carry them!
||Oleg Zamansky is the President and CEO of Coin Maestro, LLC and is an expert in foreign coins, paper money, medals, and sets. Oleg's coin career started in 1983 when his great-grandmother gave him his first foreign coin - 1 Israeli Shequel and ever since, his numismatic journey began. According to Mr. Zamansky, "Due to frequent volatile markets, people need to secure their investments and numismatics is the best way. Coin collecting is the most educating, investment protective business today, and also quite fun." Mr. Zamansky graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2001, became a partner at RINA Systems, LLC in 2005, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Today, he is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation. Currently, Mr. Zamansky resides with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a contributing writer for ModernCoinMart. His thoughts and opinions may not be shared with MCM or its staff.|