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! There is no end to the innovation from Mints around the world.
The Paris Mint or Monnaie de Paris issued this €10 silver coin struck in an owl shape to commemorate the beloved Harry Potter series and honor Harry’s trusted pet and companion Hedwig. Purchased by Hagrid for Harry the very first year he started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hedwig was an integral character in the book series up until her tragic untimely death. Struck from 22.2 grams of .999 fine silver, the planchet was struck in the shape of Hedwig, carrying a letter in her beak like she often did while Harry was attending Hogwarts. With a limited mintage of just 5,000 pieces, this striking coin is the perfect gift for the Potter fanatic in your life.
The second release in PAMP Suisse’s Giants of the Galapagos series allows you to capture the majesty of one of the Galapagos’ most giant natives, the Whale Shark. Struck from 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver, the coin’s boundaries had to be extended to capture this impressive creature, as both its massive head and tail curls over the coin’s rim. Featuring a stunning proof-like finish and select colorization, the contrast between the Whale Shark itself and the rest of the coin, allows the magnificent creature to burst to life. Only 2,500 of this larger-than-life coin will be released, and each boasts a unique, individualized serial number. Water you waiting for? Capture your Giant of the Galapagos today with these Silver Proof-like Whale Shark Shaped Coins!
For those who are tired of giving bouquets that wilt and wither after a few days’ enjoyment, may we suggest this stunning Silver Enchanted Rose Shaped Colorized Proof-like coin? Struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver, the reverse of the coin has been shaped into a beautiful rose and thanks to red enamel color, truly pops to life, allowing your loved one, or personal collection, to enjoy this symbol of beauty and love for years to come!
When one things of Canada, things that come to mind may include Maple Leafs, snow, and of course the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMP) or “Mounties.” To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the RCMP, the Royal Canadian Mint crafted this stunning Silver Gilt Proof coin that was shaped exactly like a miniature Mountie hat. Struck from 1.5 ounces of .999 fine silver, the coin was treated with a special gold-plated bristle finish to replicate the texture of felt and the hat’s iconic brown coloring. This uniquely shaped coin has a limited mintage of just 6,500 pieces and is $25 legal tender in Canada!
Issued by Fiji, this 1 oz. silver coin is shaped like an imposing Glacier made of ice and features one of the Earth’s most dangerous predators, the Polar Bear. While the obverse is rendered in fine silver, the reverse features select colorization that bring the towering ice and less than cuddly polar bear mother and cub to life.
Thanks to CIT’s Smartminting technology collectors now can add this Magical Lamp Shaped coin to their collections. Part of the Republic of Palau’s Special Shapes Gold Coin series, this issue was inspired by the famous story “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” from the compilation of “One Thousand and One Nights.” Struck from .5 grams of .9999 fine gold, mintage is limited to 15,000 pieces.
Another stunning unique shaped coin form Coin Invest Trust, this 2020 Buel Spoon Fishing Lure Shaped Coin was made to honor Julio Buel who was the inventor of this classic style of fishing lure. This ½ ounce silver coin has been shaped like a spoon lure and even includes a silver hook. With a limited mintage of 2,000 and a charming design with ties to the sport of fishing, this is one the outdoorsman or fisherman in your life is sure to appreciate.
Issued by Cameroon, this 23.90 gram cupro-nickel coin is shaped like a waving American flag in the wind. Featuring colorization on its reverse that brings Old Glory to life, this coin is a numismatic tribute from one country to another. Featuring a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces, this patriotic offering is 500 Franc legal tender in the issuing nation of Cameroon.
Issued by the Solomon Islands, this is the first game die legal tender coin ever issued! Struck from 2 ounces of .999 fine silver, this $5 legal tender shaped coin includes colored "dots" just like a traditional die. Where the 5 dots would appear on a traditional gaming die, the obverse of the coin complete with the Queen's effigy appears. The Original Government Packaging for this offering is an attractive box, made up to look like a larger game die!
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.|