Thursday, October 2, 2014

Japan 100 yen 2015 - 50th anniversary of Shinkansen lines

New CuNi commemoratives for march 2015:

'Shinkansen lines: Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu & Hokuriku'

Commemorative 100 yen coins will be issued in march to mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line bullet train service. Five types will be issued, one for each of the Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines. The Hokuriku line will start operations next March. The other four are already in operation.

The coins will be silver coloured, made from cupronickel and copper. The reverse image will be of the first-generation Shinkansen train, widely known as 'snub nose' for the shape of its cone.

The coins will be available through financial institutions at face value. The number of coins to be minted will be decided in December.

Around March 2016 they will also issue commemorative coins for the Akita, Yamagata, Kyushu and Hokkaido Shinkansen lines.

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Japan Mint

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Belarus 20 roubles 2014 - First World War

New Silver commemorative:

'100 years of First World War'

(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Austria 10 euros 2014 - Tirol

New copper and silver commemoratives:

"States collection 6th coin: Tirol"

(image and information from

LINK: Austrian Mint

Portugal 2 euros 2014 - Family Farming

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'International Year of Family Farming'

External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Mintage: 500 000
Artists: Luc Luycx and Helder Batista

LINK: Portugal Mint

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Egypt 10 millieme 1967 unlisted varieties

My friend Wolfgang Schuster has sent these images from his own collection, after discovering two very interesting and unlisted varieties of the Aluminium Egypt 10 milliemes 1967:

The known type with 'MISR' above the denomination is listed and pictured with shaded denomination numerals as KM#411 (dated 1967-1386H). But this issue also exists as unlisted sub-type without shading on the numerals:

Additionally, he discovered a completely unknown and unlisted type: the Aluminium 10 Milliemes also has been struck in a version without 'MISR' above the denomination (also dated 1967-1386H), without shading on the numerals. Currently no shaded varieties are known:

(news and images from Wolfgang Schuster)

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