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Coin Collecting Summer Theme


A summer-themed coin collection can honor fond memories and build a coin collecting. Summer is a time of warm weather, picnics, outdoor activities and sports. What’s not to like? The coin hobby is never idle, even if some collectors may be preoccupied with vacations during the months of June, July and August. There are many coins available for those who enjoy the summer months and want to remember them. Have you ever been to England for a summer vacation? What about collecting Tudor Beasts and Queen’s Beasts? Do you love the summer blockbuster movies? Start a Marvel coin collecting.

The 2019 Fiji $1.00 Fine Silver Coin is 10 grams in weight.
Image Courtesy APMEX

Destination Holidays

Oceans, lakes and beach are some of the places that people like to go during summer. It is only natural, then, that these popular areas would be depicted on coins.

Fiji is made up of over 330 small islands. It is a remote location with many beautiful beaches. The Federal Reserve Bank of Fiji produced small quantities of Scallop Shell Coins in 2019.
This coin comes in a 10 gram version made of.999 fine silver scallop shell. The coin was made using a new technology that captures the exact colors and textures found in real shells. You would think it was made of an actual shell. It was produced in a limited number of only 10,000 copies and bears a legal tender denomination of $1.00.

One Troy Ounce of.999 Fine Scallop Shell is the other version. This coin is $2 and was limited to only 4,000 mintages worldwide. The two coins come with a certificate proving their authenticity, and they are stored in a box that looks like a beach mat.

A 2021 $10.00 silver Coin of the Mesa Grande Sovereign Nation. One Troy Ounce of.999 Sterling Silver. Reverse. Image Courtesy APMEX

State By State

Mesa Grande, a sovereign nation recognized by the United States government, is not well known. This Native American Reservation was founded in California in 1875. It is located on the eastern side of San Diego County.

This sovereign nation created a series of coins in 2021 called the “Treasures of the United States.” This is a 50-coin set. Each coin’s obverse features an American bald-eagle and the nation it was issued by. The reverses differ with each state and contain a native piece of that state’s natural flora or fauna minted onto it. The coin of Delaware, for example, contains seashells. The design includes the state flower Peach Blossoms, the state flag and a representation of the Delaware coast.

Each coin contains one Troy Ounce of.999 fine Silver. Only 1,000 coins of each design are authorized to be struck. Each coin is packaged in a mintbox with a Mesa Grande nation certificate of authenticity.

Perth Mint’s 2013 Australian $1 Proof. Image Courtesy APMEX

Seashore Fun & Safety

Australia and the Tuvalu Islands both struck colorized coins in the shape of surfboards in 2020. Perth Mint struck a number of Australian landmark proof colorized coins in 2013. The coins were One Troy Ounce Fine.999 Coins, and only 5,000 were produced. The fourth coin from that series showed a muscular Australian surfer holding his surfboard while gazing at waves crashing onto the beach. It sold quickly.

It’s not all fun and games at the ocean as it’s home to all types of creatures.
In 2020, the Royal Australian Mint designed a series of coins of Australia’s Most Dangerous creatures and in 2022 they released a special colorized version of a Great White Shark coin. It is a $5 coin authorized by Australia. It contains one Troy Ounce of Silver.999. The coin is designed with the standard effigy Queen Elizabeth II and a colorized Great White Shark’s mouth wide open.
Royal Australian Mint struck and colored this coin in Proof condition. These coins were only to be distributed in the world.

Baseball Hall of Fame Coin 2014, $1 Silver Dollar. Obverse. Image Courtesy APMEX

The Boys of Summer

“While beaches are important, they are not the only symbols of summer that we have. Sports are very popular, especially in the summer and they are depicted quite frequently on coins,” said MC Garofalo, Director of the eCommerce Experience at APMEX.

Baseball, America’s national pastime, has been commemorated on numerous coins. A 1992 Commemorative Silver Dollar depicted baseball as it was played by a pitcher for the Olympic team. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Coin issued by the United States Mint was one of the coolest coins of summer 2014. It’s shaped exactly like a ball and has a concave obverse with a convex reverse. The obverse looks exactly like a ball, and the reverse is naturally a baseball glove. The coin was released to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Baseball National Hall of Fame. It was an immediate success, and still is. Many of the coins have been certified by the two major grading services – the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and some have even had baseball Hall of Fame players actually sign the grading service inserts. If you are lucky enough to find these signed inserts, they can fetch a high premium.

The popularity of baseball may have been underestimated as these baseball coins sold out on the U.S. Mint’s website when originally offered and they still are good sellers at baseball card shows today.

A 2022 France 10 Euros Silver coin, honoring Kite Sailing, by Monnaie de Paris. Image Courtesy APMEX

Summer Olympics

Kite Surfing has been commemorated by a coin in France due to the Summer Olympics of 2024 where Kite Surfing is a sport that will be competitive. Monnaie de Paris’ coin designers skillfully captured the image of a woman riding on a surfboard holding onto a kite rope that is pushing her through the waves.

Monnaie de Paris released coins to honor the athletes competing in each of the two Olympics. This series of coins is struck in.714 Fine Silver, with a worldwide mintage limit of 7,500 and a 10 Euro denomination.

“Olympic coins are quadrennially popular coins. The Olympics instill pride in nations and athletes. These coins, which range from ancient Greek coins featuring wrestlers or other sporting events up to the coins issued for the 2024 Olympics will be flying off the shelves as soon as they are listed on our website. We love having Olympic coins in stock,” said MC Garofalo.

A Cook Islands $5 proof silver coin from 2022, part of a 4-coin set of the Seasons. Image Courtesy APMEX.

Summer Comics

The Cook Islands issued a four-coin series that was inspired by Japanese Manga comics, which date back to the nineteenth century. The series features each of the Four Seasons. Summer coin shows a comic image with sunflowers in different colors and Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The Cook Island sovereign $5 proof coin is one of only 999 coins in each design.

Charles Schultz’s beloved Peanuts character, Snoopy, shows us exactly what we need to do this summer. Snoopy, his best friend Woodstock and his umbrella are all relaxed at the beach, with Snoopy’s shades up. Woodstock is holding his surfboard, made from twigs, as he watches the waves.

“Summer Fun coins are everywhere and cover all types of topics from the Olympics to Snoopy. Our customers love them and can’t get enough of them. Even in winter, they are a big seller. Who doesn’t want to think about relaxing on a warm, sunny beach, when it’s cold outside? I know that I do,” MC Garofalo concluded.

COINage published this article on summer coin collecting. To subscribe Click here for more information. Article by Mike Garofalo.

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