British Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has a very long history, stretching back over 1000 years - from the scattered workshops of the moneyers of Anglo-Saxon London to secure quarters within the Tower of London and later from a purpose built site at Tower Hill to today's modern minting facility.
The Royal Mint occupies thirty five acres in South Wales, United Kingdom and the
modern factory is an example of how the latest technology combined with traditional skills such as engraving and silversmithing, produce coins and medals.
China Great Wall Coins Investments Limited is a Hong Kong based subsidiary of China Gold Coin Incorporation, an affiliate of the People's Bank of China. Established in 1988, the company is the only official channel through which Chinese coins are distributed in the overseas market. Fully devoted to promoting Chinese modern precious metal coins, circulating coins, notes and other prestige products, the company has made success over the past two decades, in coin programs like China giant panda, Chinese Lunar, Hong Kong's return to China, Macau's return to China, and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
As approved by the State Council, China Gold Coin Incorporation was established in 1987. It has become an important part and business extension of the money issuing function of the People's Bank of China.
Japan Mint was established in Osaka by the Meiji government in order to modernize the coinage system in Japan. Japan Mint played an important part in the rise of modern industry and culture in Japan. At present, Japan Mint operates the production of orders (decorations) and metallic art objects; the sales of coin sets; the fineness certification of precious metal wares (hallmarking); in addition to the main operation of coinage. Japan Mint produces and sells commemorative coins to celebrate national events and projects. With great efforts in cost reduction, Japan Mint is striving to maintain the world's highest quality standard.
The Perth Mint is an icon of world minting. Founded in 1899 as a branch of Britain's 1,000 year-old Royal Mint, it claims an unparalleled minting heritage and tradition. The Mint forged its reputation with the production of millions of gold sovereigns for use throughout Australia and the British Empire. After the abandonment of the Gold Standard in 1931, it focused on refining operations and the production of gold bullion bars.
In 1970, The Perth Mint gained independence from Britain when it was acquired by the State Government of Western Australia. It dramatically re-shaped its operations once again in preparation for the launch of Australia's first official gold bullion coin program in 1986. The Perth Mint's Australian Nugget gold coin series elevated Australia into a significant world player virtually overnight. The Perth Mint subsequently became the producer of the world's largest range of pure gold, silver and platinum commemorative legal tender releases.
The Pobjoy Mint is the largest private mint in Europe. Its founders, the Pobjoy family, have worked with base and precious metals in various capacities since the Middle Ages, most notably engineering the famous Spitfire wings during World War II. The Company has developed and manufactured coins, medals, and tokens over the past century. As a private entity, the mint has produced coinage for 21 countries and territories; medallions for private companies, several foreign governments, and individual rulers or monarchs.
The company has been in the forefront of numismatic development and has acquired an enviable reputation as a trendsetter. Notable achievements: Developing the world's first satisfactory man-mad precious metal, Virenium. This metal is recognized as the first significant breakthrough in coinage during the 20th century. Introduction of the Noble and Gold Angel, which won "Best Gold Coin" during its first year of production. Several other coins produced by Pobjoy Mint have won awards over the past 25 years.
Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint is a prescribed agency within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of Australia's circulating coinage. The first task of the Mint was to produce new coins for the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966. Since then it has produced more than thirteen billion circulating coins. It now has capacity to produce two million coins per day.
The demand for proof and uncirculated versions of those original decimal coins has been followed by expansion of the Mint's collector coins into a high quality, innovative business. The Royal Australian Mint became the first Mint in the World to achieve accreditation to International Quality Standards ISO 9002. That emphasis on quality systems, innovative technology and research and development is continuing today.
Royal Canadian Mint
The creation of the Royal Mint coincided with an era of burgeoning gold production in the Yukon and British Columbia. The Canadian Mint's original refinery was completed in 1911. It produced the large quantities of gold bars with which Britain paid its debts to other countries throughout the Great War.
In 1931, the entire minting enterprise passed into Canadian hands, making the Mint a wholly Canadian institution. Producing 9999 fine gold bars since 1969, it became the world's first refinery to produce 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1989. Then in 1999, the Mint excelled again by being the first to achieve 99999 fine gold purity.
The Royal Canadian Mint's proud history reached a new peak in 2007 with the Guinness World Records certification of the largest coin in the world: the masterpiece 100 kg, 99.999% pure $1 million gold bullion coin.
South African Mint
When Gold was discovered near Johannesburg in 1886, the current President decided the area (Zuid Afrikaansche Republik) needed its own coins. From this decision, a national bank was established, with the help of foreign investors, and given permission to operate a mint. Opened for operation in 1892, the State Bank and State Mint produced coins based on British sizes and denominations. During British occupation, which began in 1900, only British currency was accepted and drove the commissioning of a Royal Mint branch in Pretoria in 1923.
The South African government took over the Royal Mint in 1941 and the country became a Republic in 1961. Deregulation forced privatization of the mint with the SA Reserve Bank as its holding company in 1988. The South African Mint Company continues to produce internationally recognized coins today, most notably the Kruggerand series, which began in 1964.
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
Nearly all high-value coins sold in the United States are certified. Certification means that the coin has been reviewed by an independent company that makes an attestation regarding its quality and authenticity. The largest certification company is the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, commonly referred to as NGC. NGC employs 20 full-time experts and has certified over 18 million coins valued at nearly $20 billion. NGC backs its grades with a money-back guarantee.
NGC is the official grading service of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Smithsonian Museum.
Professional Coin Grading Serivce
Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is the most respected name in third-party coin certification. By establishing a universal grading standard, PCGS has paved the way for coin enthusiasts to enjoy buying and selling coins with confidence. In addition to standardized grading, PCGS offers a guarantee of grading accuracy and authenticity for each coin we encapsulate. With decades of combined experience, PCGS graders are selected from an elite group of world-class numismatic experts - some of the most respected and admired in the rare coin industry.
PCGS is responsible for dramatic improvements throughout the rare coin industry which have forever changed the way rare coins are bought and sold. In 1985, a small group of the nation's leading rare coin experts recognized that for the rare coin industry to realize its potential, several serious problems needed to be addressed. Over the course of many months of meetings, the blueprint for the Professional Coin Grading Service evolved. PCGS would create a climate in which consumers could participate in the coin market with greater confidence.