Thursday, December 30, 2010

Russia 10 roubles 2010 - 65th Anniversary WWII Victory

New circulating commemorative:

"65th Anniversary of the Victory in WWII"

(information and images by Antony)

Composition: yellow copper alloy with steel core
Weight: 5.63 g
Diameter: 22.00 mm
Thickness: 2.20 mm
Edge: reeded and plain sections

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

India 5 rupees 2010 - Mother Theresa

New circulating commemorative:

"Birth Centenary of Mother Theresa"

(image from eBay seller coins_notes)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Japan 500 yen 2011 - Kumamoto, Tottori & Toyama

New bimetallic commemoratives:

"Japan prefectures: Kumamoto, Tottori & Toyama"

(information and images by Michael Reissner)

LINK: Japan Mint

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mauritania 50 ouguiya 2010

New circulating bimetallic:

(information and image from eBay store Numismática Reina)

Weight: 8.30 g
Diameter: 28.00 mm

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bangladesh 5 taka 2006 & 2008

The 2008 type has a different composition (magnetic steel, ferritic) than the 2006 (non-magnetic steel, austenite).

Also, design changes are obvious when looking at both types:

-Different clouds and bridge pillars
-Much smaller bengali writings and numerals

Only Schön (and not Krause) distinguishes between them. 2006 type is KM#26 for Krause. 2008 will be a different KM.

(images and information by Wolfgang Schuster and Abu Shamim Md. Talha)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Poland 2 zlotys 2010 - 3 more coins

Three new circulating commemoratives:

"History of Polish Popular Music: Krzysztof Komeda"
"Historical monuments of the Republic of Poland: Krzeszów"
"Cities in Poland: Katowice"

(information thanks to Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gibraltar 50 pence 2010 - Christmas

New circulating type:

(image taken from eBay seller daveeveson)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Austria 5 euro 2011 - Pummerin Bell

New silver commemorative:

"The Pummerin Bell"

(information by Javier Telleria and Pabitra Saha)
(image from site

LINK: Austrian Mint
LINK: 5eurocoins Blog

Composition: silver .800
Diameter: 28.50 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Edge: nine-sided, plain
Designers: Helmut Andexlinger

Monday, December 13, 2010

Portugal 2.5 euro 2010 - Sítio Arqueológico do Vale do Côa

New circulating commemorative:

"Sítio Arqueológico do Vale do Côa"

(information by Miguel Costa)

LINK: Casa da Moeda

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 12.00 g
Mintage: 120,000
Artists: António Marinho

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thailand 2008 & 2010 - 2 new coins

New CuNi commemoratives:

Father of Thai Trade (2008)

150th Anniversary of Royal Thai Mint

(images from eBay seller audykann)
(information by Pabitra Saha and Alfonso Saussol)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brunei 5 sen 2010

New circulating type:

This new 5 sen coin is made of copper, nickel and zinc, while the present coin (KM35) is made up of only copper and nickel. Both coins are silver colour. Thickness and weight for the new type are also different than before (2010 type is thinner and lighter).

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

Composition: CuNiZn
Diameter: from 16.29 to 16.39 mm
Weight: from 1.66 to 1.70 g
Thickness: from 1.24 to 1.27 mm

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Iran 1000 rials 2010 - 3 new types

3 new commemoratives:

50th anniversary of the Central Bank of Iran
Eid al-Ghadeer
Eid al-Adha

(info and images from Ali Nasseri, Pabitra Saha, eBay user 7814adamm and Wolfgang Schuster)

LINK: Iran Coins by Ali Nasseri (in persian)

Monday, December 6, 2010

China 1 yuan 2010

3 new commemoratives:

-Year of the tiger
-Environmental protection

(info and images by Zhu Lee)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Latvia 1 lats 2010 - Horseshoe

2 new circulating commemoratives:

LINK: Bank of Latvia

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Edge: inscriptions
Mint: Staatliche Münze Berlin
Artists: Franceska Kirke (graphic design) and Laura Medne (plaster model)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peru 1 nuevo sol 2010 - Estela de Raimondi

New circulating type:

This is the third coin of the series "Wealth and Pride of Peru"

The stela is a major piece of art from the Chavin culture of the Andes mountains in Peru. The Chavin civilization stretched from roughly 900 - 200 BC. Chavin art is famously difficult to interpret and it required specially schooled priests to translate the symbols from the most complex pieces in the ancient world. The art makes use of animals, birds and plants, many of which have religious significance. Eagles and cats are known to be particularly important in the artwork.

Antonio Raimondi was the Italian archaeologist who found the Raimondi Stela.

(image by David Velarde)
(information copied from

LINK: Peru Central Bank
LINK: Coin Details (PDF file)

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 25.50 mm
Weight: 7.32 g
Mintage: 10 millions

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thailand 2010 - 2 new 10 baht bimetallics

New commemoratives:

(info and images from

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Denmark 20 krone 2010 - SHIPS: Kayak-Umiak

New circulating commemorative:

"SHIPS: Kayak-Umiak"

This is the eighth coin in the thematic series with ships.

The obverse of the coin carries a new portrait of the Queen made for the commemorative coin to mark the 70th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on April 2010.
The new portrait is also to be used on the ordinary 10 and 20 krone coins from 2011 onwards.

(information and image by Peter Kaminsky)

LINK: Denmark National Bank

Composition: Aluminium Bronze, 92%Cu6%Al2%Ni
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Thickness: 2.35 mm
Weight: 9.30 g
Edge: rim with interrupted milling
Designers: Niels Motzfeld (obverse) and Lis Nogel (reverse, portrait)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gibraltar 1 penny 2010

New circulating type:

(information by Wolfgang Schuster)
(image from eBay UK seller eveson2005)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finland 5 euro 2010 - Satakunta

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Provinces: Satakunta"

Source: World Bimetallic Coin News
Link: Mint of Finland

Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Designer: Nora Tapper

Monday, November 22, 2010

United Kingdom 2011 new types

New circulating commemoratives:

"50 pence WWF"

"1 pound City Series: Edinburg & Cardiff"

"2 pounds King James Bible & The Mary Rose"

LINK: British Royal Mint

Friday, November 19, 2010

Portugal 2.5 euro 2010 - Linhas de Torres

New circulating commemorative:

"Bicentenário das Linhas de Torres"

LINK: Casa da Moeda

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 12.00 g
Mintage: 120,000
Artists: José João de Brito

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Finland 2 euro 2010 - 150 years of Finnish currency

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"150 years of Finnish currency"

(information by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Designer: Reijo Paavilainen
Mintage: 1,6 million

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

India 10 rupees 2010 - Reserve Bank

New bimetallic:

"Reserve Bank of India Platinum Jubilee"

(image by Kodali)
(information by Antonio Barrena and Michael Reissner)

These are the images of the 4 circulating denominations (thanks to Ashwin Lobo):

Monday, November 15, 2010

China 1 yuan 2010 - Shanghai EXPO

New commemorative:

(image taken from eBay seller power2infinite)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Canada 25 cents 2010 - Honour Remembrance Day

New circulating commemorative:

"Honour Remembrance Day"

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

Material: three-ply nickel finish plated steel
Weight: 4.40 g
Diameter: 23.88 mm
Edge: serrated
Artists: Cosme Saffioti (rev) and Suzanna Blunt (obv)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

India 5 rupees 2009 & 2011 - Prasad and Tagore

New circulating commemoratives:

"2009: 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad"
"2011: 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore"

(images from T G R Nath's eBay auctions)
(information by Pabitra Saha)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Taiwan 10 yuan 2011 - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

New circulating type:

The Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will issue a new NT$10 coin on January 11, 2011. The new NT$10 coin will be circulated concurrently with the existing notes and coins.

Obverse: The main design features a portrait of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of the Republic of China. The upper part of the circumscription is inscribed with Chinese characters "The 100th Year of the Republic of China." (The Arabic numeral will change to indicate the year of mintage in subsequent years)

Reverse: The latent images of two Chinese phrases, "the country is prosperous and at peace" and "the people live in safety and happiness", overlap to form the shape of a Ruyi. The face value 10 Yuan in Chinese is inscribed with two latent images inside the Arabic numeral "0". A tactile identification feature for blind people (point) can be found below. Turning the coin slightly to the left and right causes two different sets of texts and figures to appear alternately.

LINK: Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Material: CuNi
Weight: 7.50 g
Diameter: 26.00 mm

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Australia 2011 - Some new coins

New 20 cents commemoratives:

"2010: The Australian Taxation Office Centenary"
"2011: Australian Wool Industry"

"2011: The Ashes Cricket Series"

New 1 dollar commemoratives:

"2011: Australian Wool Industry"
"2011: Lunar Series - Year of the rabbit"

(information by Peter Kaminsky)

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

20c specifications
Material: CuNi
Weight: 11.30 g
Diameter: 28.52 mm
Edge: plain

1$ specifications
Material: Al-Bronze
Weight: 9.00 g
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Edge: plain/reeded

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Estonia Euros 2011

The 2011 Estonian Euros are ready:

(scan by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: Estonian map controversy (in Spanish)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mexico 5 pesos 2010 - next 3 bimetallics

New circulating bimetallic commemoratives:

Próceres de la Independencia:

2010 Guadalupe Victoria
2010 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez

Próceres de la Revolución:

2010 José María Pino Suárez

(information by Jose Luis Ramirez Monleon)

LINK: Banco de Mexico

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Romania 50 bani 2010 - Aurel Vlaicu

New circulating commemorative (also issued in proof):

"The centennial anniversary of the first flight of an aircraft engineered by Aurel Vlaicu"

(image of the proof item by Nicolae Platon)
(information by Wolfgang Schuster and Nicolae Platon)

Aurel Vlaicu portrait also appears in the 50 lei polymer banknote:

LINK: Romania National Bank
LINK: Aurel Vlaicu biography

Material: Brass
Weight: 6.10 g
Diameter: 23.75 mm

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thailand 2009 - 84th Birthday of HRH Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi

New commemoratives:

84th Birthday of HRH Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi

(info and images by Sanjay Basu)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bangladesh 2 taka 2010 - Seikh Mujibor Rahman

New circulating item:

"Seikh Mujibor Rahman"

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a Bengali politician and the founding leader of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, generally considered in the country as the father of the Bangladeshi nation.
He headed the Awami League, served as the first President of Bangladesh and later became its Prime Minister.

(image by Habib Ishtiaque Ahammad)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Netherlands Antilles 5 gulden 2004 & 2005

For several years, no one seems to have seen these 2 misterious base metal types (KM74.1 and KM76.1). The respective silver issues are known since long.
Now scan is available, thanks to Wolfgang Schuster. Maybe we'll see them soon available at the numismatic market.

(information and image by Wolfgang Schuster)

Material: Aureate bonded steel
Weight: 11.00 g
Diameter: 26.00 mm

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Isle of Man 50 pence 2010 - Six Geese A-Laying

New circulating commemorative:

"Christmas: Six Geese A-Laying"

The 12 Days of Christmas is one of the most popular Christmas carols and the Isle of Man's special Christmas 50p collection is a fabulous celebration of this beloved Christmas tradition.
The new 2010 coin is the sixth in the series, so it features 'Six Geese A-Laying'.
The coin is also available as a coloured version.

(information by Peter Kaminsky)

Material: CuNi
Weight: 8.00 g
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Edge: plain

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poland 2 zlotys 2010 - Gorlice

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities in Poland: Gorlice"

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Venezuela 50 centimos 2010 - 70 years BCV

New circulating commemorative:

"70 anniversary of Banco Central de Venezuela"

(image from eBay seller stampsve)

LINK: Banco Central de Venezuela
LINK: eBay seller "stampsve"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Netherlands 5 euro 2010 - Waterland

New silver commemorative:

(information and image by David Velarde)

LINK: Royal Dutch Mint

Friday, October 15, 2010

United Kingdom 50p London 2012 Olympics

New circulating commemoratives:

"29 50p types for London 2012 Olympics"

Since its introduction 41 years ago when decimalisation was established, only 16 designs have featured on the nation’s 50p.
The 29 London 2012 coins appearing in 2010 and 2011 represent the biggest, concurrent range of designs the Royal Mint has ever featured on a circulating coin.
And like every UK coin in use today, each design also had to obtain final approval from the Treasury and Her Majesty The Queen.

LINK: British Royal Mint

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Italy 2 euro 2010 - Cavour

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Camillo Benso, conte di Cavour"

Wikipedia: Camillo Paolo Filippo Giulio Benso, Count of Cavour, of Isolabella and of Leri (August 10, 1810 - June 6, 1861) was a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification. He was the founder of the original Italian Liberal Party and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, a position he maintained (except for a six-month resignation) throughout the Second Italian War of Independence and Garibaldi's campaigns to unite Italy. Cavour died only three months after the declaration of a united Kingdom of Italy, and thus did not live to see Venetia or Rome included in the kingdom.

(image taken from eBay)

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

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mexico 5 pesos 2010 - La Soldadera

New circulating bimetallic commemorative:

Próceres de la Revolución:

2010 La Soldadera

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: Banco de Mexico

Friday, October 8, 2010

Turkey 2010 - Cat and dog

Turkey mint issued two new bimetallics:

(information and images by Antonio Barrena)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Peru 2 & 5 nuevos soles 2010 - New types

New circulating bimetallics:

(information and image by David Velarde)