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Top 9 Odd-Shaped Coins

Top 9 Odd-Shaped Coins
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Author Name: Oleg Zamansky
Posted: 07-18-2016
Last Updated:
04-14-2022

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!

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MCM’s Top 9 Odd-Shaped Coins

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.


1. 2022 Mercury Planet Shaped Coin from Barbados

Mercury Spherical Planet Shaped CoinIssued by Barbados as part of their Spherical Planets coin series, this 2022-dated issued is shaped like the first planet from the sun, Mercury. Struck from 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver, this coin has been treated with an ultra-dark antique finish, resulting in a realistic surface, just like the planet! No more than 4,879 coins will be issued, a nod to Mercury’s diameter, and since they are sold out at the Mint, you’ll want to get your hands on one of these while you can!

2. 2021 Lucky Horseshoe Shaped Silver Antiqued Coin from Palau

Horseshoe Shaped CoinIssued by Palau, this stunning 1-ounce Silver Coin was shaped into the ultimate symbol of goodluck, a horseshoe. Featuring Ultra High Relief and an authentic-looking antiqued finish, each side of the horseshoe is littered with western-themed motifs harkening back to the American frontier. Only 2,500 pieces will ever be struck, so don’t rely on luck, secure your Horseshoe Shaped coin for your collection today.   

 

3. 2021 Impact Moments Meteorite Shaped Coin from Niue  

Impact Moments Meteorite Shaped CoinsIssued by Niue as part of their Impact Moments series, this vivid 2-ounce coin was uniquely shaped, resulting in a dramatic scene of a meteorite striking Earth. Thanks to a High Relief strike, partial colorization, and an antique finish, the scene of a meteor crashing to earth truly comes to life. A portion of the coin has a small gouge, representing a meteorite heading towards the Earth's surface. With a limited mintage of 777, get yours before they go extinct!

4. 2021 Lion Shaped Coin from the Solomon Islands

Silver Coin Shaped Like a LionIssued by the Solomon Islands and facilitated by the master artisans at PAMP SA, the second release Animals of Africa series honors the king of the jungle himself, the lion. Struck from 1 ounce of impressively pure, .9999 fine silver, the $2 legal tender coins have been masterfully crafted into the shape of the giant cat, complete with a stunning reverse-proof finish. The limited mintage of 2,500 coins has already sold out at the Mint!

 

5. 2021 Spirit Animal Bison Shaped Coin from the Solomon Islands

Spirit Animals Bison Shaped CoinIssued by the Solomon Islands, this 2021 colorized prooflike coin represents the third and final release of PAMP’s™ Spirit Animal Series is known for colorful and abstract depictions of North American wildlife, stylized as spirit animals by Colorado-based artist Phil Lewis. This issue was struck from 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver in the shape of a bison, accentuated by vivid colorization. Only 2,500 of this work of art will ever be released, so order yours today to get your paws on this stunning legal tender coin.

6. 2021 George Washington Shaped Coin from Fiji

George Washington Shaped CoinIssued by Fiji, this 1-ounce silver coin has been shaped into the likeness of a highly detailed bust of the very first president of the United States and revolutionary war hero, General George Washington. This $2 legal tender coin (in Fiji), was rendered in a Brilliant Uncirculated finish paired with an Ultra High relief strike. Only 999 of this intricately detailed coin will ever be released.

 

7. Guitar Shaped Gold Coin from Palau

Guitar Shaped Gold CoinIssued by Palau, this intricate proof coin was struck from just .5 grams of .9999 fine gold and was shaped like a guitar, individual strings, and all! This legal tender coin is part of Coin Invest Trust’s (CIT’s) Special Shapes series, which utilizes CIT’s Big Gold Minting© (BGM) technology to craft detailed coins from small amounts of gold. While you can't play this guitar, it is a nifty way to add .9999 fine gold to your collection, or as a gift for the guitarist in your life!

8. 20th Anniversary Shrek and Donkey Shaped Coins from Niue 

Silver Coin Shaped Like Shrek2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first film in Dreamworks' beloved Shrek franchise. To mark the occasion, the New Zealand Mint struck, and Niue issues a series of colorized coins shaped like some of the favorite characters from the series. The first two releases feature the dynamic duo themselves, Shrek and Donkey. Both coins are struck from 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and are colorized with a brilliant uncirculated finish. 

 

9. 2021 Mandalorian Grogu Pod Shaped Coin from Niue

Mandalorian Grogu Shaped CoinIssued by Niue in 2022, this 1-ounce colorized proof coin has been crafted into the shape of a Star Wars™ fan favorite, Grogu™, in his floating pod. Officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd, this legal tender coin will arrive in its Original Government Packaging, which is appropriately themed. No more than 10,000 of this adorable coin will ever be minted, so if you’re a fan of The Mandalorian™ or just Star Wars in general, this coin would be the perfect addition to your collection!

 

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!

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About The Author

Oleg Zamansky 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.

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