Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thailand 10 baht 2007 - Siam Commercial Bank

New circulating bimetallic:

"100th Anniversary of the Siam Commercial Bank"

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2007 - Serhii P. Koroliov

New commemorative:

"Serhii P. Koroliov"



(information by Fabio Iorio)

The coin is dedicated to Serhii P.Koroliov (1907 - 1966), an outstanding scientist and chief designer of ballistic and geophysical missiles, satellites and the first automatic interplanetary Sonde station.

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Edge: incised
Mintage: 35,000

Friday, January 26, 2007

Japan 500 yen 2007 - Antarctica

New circulating commemorative:

"50th anniversary of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition"

Obverse: Soya, the first Antarctic research vessel, and Sakhalin dogs, Taro and Jiro.
Reverse: Antarctic continent and aurora. Four stars represent Japan's Antarctic stations.



LINK: Japan Mint
LINK: Japan Ministry of Finance

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: 72%Copper 20%Zinc 8%Nickel
Weight: 7.00 g
Diameter: 26.50 mm
Mintage: 6,600,000

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Austria 5 euro 2007 - Electoral Reform

New silver commemorative:

"100th Anniversary of the Electoral Reform"



LINK: Euronumis

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: silver .800
Diameter: 28.50 mm
Mintage: 150,000

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Serbia 2 dinar 2006

New circulating type:

"2 dinar 2006"



(information provided by Alex Zlotin and Srdjan Gligorin)

The Gracanica monastery in Kosovo:



The Serbian coat of arms:



LINK: National Bank of Serbia
LINK: Gracanica Monastery

SPECIFICATIONS
Alloy: 75% Cu 0,5% Ni 24,5% Zn
Diameter: 22,00 mm
Weight: 5,15 g


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Malawi 2006

New circulating bimetallics:

"5 and 10 kwacha 2006"



The Malawi coat of arms:

Monday, January 22, 2007

Mexico 100 pesos 2006 - Morelos

New circulating commemorative:

"Mexican States collection 2: Morelos"

The coin depicts the Cortes Palace as well as Chinelo, a famous character in one of Morelos typical dances.



The Cortes Palace (Palacio de Cortés):



The Chinelo:



LINK: Banco de Mexico

SPECIFICATIONS
Disc composition: Silver 0.925
Ring composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 33.967 g
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Edge: rifling

Friday, January 19, 2007

Poland 2 zlotys 2007 - Grey Seal

New circulating commemorative:

"Animals of the world: Grey Seal"



The beautiful grey seal:



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

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Germany 2 euros 2007

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Schwerin Castle"



LINK: Zwei Euro
LINK: 2-Euro
LINK: Schwerin in Wikipedia

This is the real building:



SPECIFICATIONS
External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Australia 1 dollar 2007 - APEC

New circulating commemorative:

"Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation"



The Royal Australian Mint has produced the new one dollar coin in recognition of Australia's hosting of meetings for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

A minimum of 10 million APEC Australia 2007 themed one dollar coins will be produced this year.

LINK: Royal Australian Mint
LINK: APEC 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bulgaria 50 stotinki 2007 - European Union

New circulating commemorative:

The reverse of the coin features an open ancient Bulgarian book upon a column from the old Bulgarian capital city Preslav.



LINK: Bulgarian National Bank

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuZnNi
Diameter: 22.50 mm
Weight: 5.00 g
Edge: serrated
Mintage: 500,000
Artists: Bogomil Nickolov, Ekaterina Dimitrova, Petar Stoykov and Vladimir Yossifov


Monday, January 15, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2006 - Cymbals

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Folk Musical Instruments: Cymbals"



(information by Alex Zlotin and Jacek)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

SPECIFICATIONS
Ring composition: CuNi
Center composition: CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 9.40 g
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Mintage: 100,000

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Luxembourg 2 euros 2007 - Palace

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Palais Grand-Ducal"



French mint marks detail:



Palace picture:



LINK: Euronumis

SPECIFICATIONS
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: 1,000,000

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Craddle ceremony and Space

New circulating commemoratives:

"Bessikke salu (Craddle Ceremony)"

Bessikke salu is a ceremony of putting the newborn to the cradle and is celebrated in Kazakh family as a significant stage of the newborn on the way to full age.




"Space"

In the center of the coin there's a composition, which symbolizes the unity of a man and the universe, bonds of past and present.




Coat of Arms of Kazakhstan:




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, January 9, 2007

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - December Events of 1986

New circulating commemorative:

"December Events of 1986"

In December 1986, mass demonstrations by young ethnic Kazakhs took place in Almaty to protest the methods of the communist system. Soviet troops suppressed the unrest, and dozens of demonstrators were jailed or killed. In the waning days of Soviet rule, discontent continued to grow and find expression under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of glasnost. Caught up in the groundswell of Soviet republics seeking greater autonomy, Kazakhstan declared its sovereignty as a republic within the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in October 1990. Following the August 1991 abortive coup attempt in Moscow and the subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan declared independence on December 16, 1991.



On the back side of the coin the monument "Dawn of Freedom", devoted to December Events of 1986 is depicted. This monument was placed in 2006 in the city of Almaty at the corner of Zheltoksan and Satpaiev streets:




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

Friday, January 5, 2007

Finland 2007 - New national design

The national side of Finland euro coins will be amended so that it will add its abbreviation, FI, on the coins. Also, the first letter of the Mint of Finland's President and CEO (M for Raimo Makkonen) will be replaced with the Mint's logo.

The new national design in the 1 euro coin:



Closer details of the Mint's mark and the FI letters:



The Mint's logo:



LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Euros 2007 - New common designs

The designs of euro coins will change slightly in 2007. Based on the decision taken by the Ecofin Council in June 2005, coins minted from the beginning of 2007 will have new common and national sides.

Amendments to the common sides concern the maps presented on the coins. The map on the current 1 and 2 euro coins illustrates the European Union as one entity, whereas the map on the current 10, 20 and 50 cent coins illustrates the EU as a group of separate states. However, these maps only comprise the 15 old EU Member States. After the introduction of the euro the EU enlarged by 10 new countries in 2004, and a further two countries, Romania and Bulgaria, will join at the beginning of 2007. The maps on the coins will be amended to cover the whole of Europe.

Amendments to the common sides will affect the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins as well as the 1 and 2 euro coins. By contrast, the common sides of the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins are not affected. The map on these coins shows Europe in relation to Africa and Asia on a globe.

The national sides of euro coins will be amended so that each issuing Member State will add its name or abbreviation on the coins. Amendments to the national sides affect all denominations of euro coins. Each euro area Member State will decide on the schedule for the introduction of their new coins.


The old and new design for the 10 euro cents coin:



The old and new design for the 1 euro coin:

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

USA 2007 - Presidential dollars

The United States Mint is honoring the USA Presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins featuring their images in the order that they served. It will mint and issue four Presidential $1 coins per year, and each will have a reverse design featuring a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty. These coins will feature larger, more dramatic artwork, as well as edge-incused inscriptions of the year of minting or issuance, "E Pluribus Unum", "In God We Trust" and the mint mark.

1st president: George Washington (1789-1797)

Following the ratification of the Constitution of the United States, the Electoral College unanimously elected George Washington, former General and Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, to serve as the USA first President.



2nd president: John Adams (1797-1801)

Born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1735, John Adams was one of the earliest and most vocal advocates for colonial independence. Elected by a margin of just three electoral votes (71-68), John Adams was the first President to live in the White House.



3rd president: Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

He drafted the Declaration of Independence at the age of 33, and later succeeded Benjamin Franklin as America's foreign minister to France. During his first term as President, he virtually doubled the size of the United States when his Administration successfully completed the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and commissioned the Lewis & Clark Expedition to explore the new territory.



4th president: James Madison (1809-1817)

A student of both history and law, he attended the College of New Jersey, returning to his native Virginia to help craft that state's Constitution, as well as serving as a leader in the Virginia Assembly. With Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, Madison wrote The Federalist Papers, a series of 85 essays that advocated the adoption of the United States Constitution.



LINK: The United States Mint
LINK: USA Presidents Biographies

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 8.10 g
Diameter: 26.50 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Material: three layer clad construction: pure copper sandwiched between and metallurgically bonded to outer layers of manganese brass

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Poland 2 zlotys 2007 - City of Kwidzyn

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish cities: KWIDZYN"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: Polish Cities Coins Program
Data about Kwidzyn: Kwidzyn in Wikipedia

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