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