England has a new set of coins coming out very soon. They are very cool.
And here's an interview with the designer of the coins. The designs were awarded to him via a competition.
Heather and the kids went to the Denver Mint recently. There's a new series of dollar coins coming out.* Apparently dollar coins cost much less in the long run than dollar paper money. I wish that our country would switch wholesale to dollar coins! The European Union and England did that with their equivalent, a long time ago.
*I guarantee they won't be as cool as the English coins. Sigh. I doubt that a large competition was part of the design process.
The US mints are producing dollar coins because the state commemorative quarters have been so popular. (They have made a good amount of profit for these government-run institutions.)
Interestingly, a penny costs 2.3 cents to make. (Or something like that - I can't remember the exact number that my kids told me.)