Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Altai Snowcock

New circulating commemorative:

"Altai Snowcock" (Tetraogallus Altaicus)



Images of this endangered bird:



Rarely seen within its narrow habitat in East Kazakstan Region, it inhabits only the alpine areas of the southern Altai mountains, including the Markokol Reserve. It is a resident bird, and overwinters in Kazakstan in flocks of 2 to 30 individuals. The population size in Kazakstan is unknown, but given the very small habitat it is most likely less than a few 100. To protect the Altai snowcock, it is essential to increase protective measures and to educate hunters and shepherds.

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Nigeria 2006

New circulating types:
50 kobo resized
1 and 2 naira bimetallics



(information and images by Fabio Iorio)

LINK: Central Bank of Nigeria

Some notes about the Nigerian Coat of Arms:



The black shield represents the good earth of Nigeria.
The silver wavy bands represent the rivers Niger and Benue.
The white horses represent dignity.
The eagle represents strength.
The wreath is in the colors of the Nigerian flag.
The ground on which the bearings stand is Coctus Spectablis, which is a common wild flower found throughout Nigeria.
The motto says "Unity and faith, Peace and Progress".

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - Piast Horseman

New circulating commemorative:

"History of the Polish Cavalry: The Piast Horseman"



The Piast dynasty is a line of Kings and dukes that ruled Poland from its beginnings as an independent state up to 1370.
Branches of the Piasts continued to rule allied duchies in Masovia until 1526 and Silesia until 1675.

Piast was the legendary ancestor of these nobles. His name was first mentioned in the Chronicle of the Polish dukes by Gallus Anonymous, written in ca 1113.
Although the early dukes and kings considered themselves Piast's descendants, the term "Piast Dynasty" was invented in the 17th century by the historians, working for a number of rulers who governed their duchies in Silesia.
The last Piast George William, duke of Brzeg and Legnica, died in 1675.

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,000,000
Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpiaska

Monday, November 27, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Altyn Kyran

New circulating commemoratives:

"Altyn Kyran insignia and star"



The Altyn Kyran (Golden Eagle) award was introduced in 1995. This award is conferred on citizens for outstanding state services to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan determines the recipients of the award.

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

Thursday, November 23, 2006

United Kingdom 2007

4 new circulating commemoratives:



The new 50p coin marks the 100th anniversary of the Scouting Movement.
The 1 pound coin shows the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The Abolition of the Slave Trade is celebrated with one of the 2 pounds coins.
The other 2 pounds coin commemorates the Act of Union that brought together the nations of Scotland and England under one Parliament.

LINK: British Royal Mint

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Zhubanov

New circulating commemorative:

"100th anniversary of Akhmet Zhubanov"



LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - City of Nowy Sacz

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish cities: NOWY SACZ"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: Polish Cities Coins Program
Data about Nowy Sacz: Nowy Sacz

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,100,000

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - Laski Statute

New circulating commemorative:

"500th Anniversary of the Publication of the Statute by Laski"



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,000,000

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

China 1 yuan 2008 - Beijing Olympics

New commemoratives:

"2008 Beijing Olympics"



The common obverse design of these coins features the emblem of the XXIX Olympic Games and the platform of national stadium and track, and the title of the People's Republic of China, year 2008.
One of the reverse design features weightlifting Friendlies, the other reverse design features swimming Friendlies.

LINK: China Banknote Printing and Minting

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Brass
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Mintage: 10,000,000