Thursday, March 31, 2011

Canada 25 cents 2011 - Special events quarters

New 25c commemoratives:

"Special Events"

These nice quarters seem to be obtainable only in sets or folders. They should be considered legal tender anyway, and will have their own KM catalog number.



LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Material: three-ply nickel finish plated steel
Weight: 4.40 g
Diameter: 23.88 mm
Edge: serrated

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spain 5 euros 2010 - Cities: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria & Santander

Coins #3 and #4: "Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santander"



Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Gran Canaria island, belongs to the province of Las Palmas, in the autonomous community of Canarias. Santander is the capital city of the province and autonomous community of Cantabria. Here are bigger images of their coats of arms:



In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria coin we can see the Christopher Columbus house and museum:



The coins of Santander shows the Magdalena Palace:



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: 0.925 silver
Weight: 13.50 g
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Mintage: 15,000


LINK: Spanish Mint's "Cities collection"
LINK: Casa de Colón
LINK: Wikipedia: Magdalena Palace

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spain 5 euros 2010 - Cities: Almería & Huesca

The Spanish Mint started in 2010 a nice collection of 52 silver proof pieces dedicated to the Spanish provinces' capital cities.
These are legal tender coins, with a face value of 5 euros but a purchase value of 30.
As I consider them very nice items, and although I won't own them (well, maybe the Bilbao one), I decided to start a series of posts in this blog, to show the coins, coats of arms, and some nice pictures of the places represented.

Coins #1 and #2: "Almería and Huesca"



Almería belongs to the homonymous province of Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalucía. Huesca is the capital city of Huesca province, in the autonomous community of Aragón. Here are bigger images of their coats of arms:



In the Almería coin we can see a detail of the Alcazaba, the city's fortified complex:



The Huesca one shows the Cathedral:



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: 0.925 silver
Weight: 13.50 g
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Mintage: 15,000


LINK: Spanish Mint's "Cities collection"
LINK: Wikipedia: Alcazaba of Almería
LINK: Wikipedia: Huesca Cathedral

Monday, March 28, 2011

Australia 1 dollar 2011 - 3 new types from the Perth Mint

Three new commemoratives by the Perth Mint:

"Australian Citizenship"



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Aluminium Bronce
Weight: 13.80 g
Diameter: 30.60 mm


"Anzac day, third Annual Release"



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Aluminium Bronce
Weight: 13.80 g
Diameter: 30.60 mm
Designer: Wade Robinson


"85th Birthday of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II"



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Aluminium Bronce
Weight: 13.80 g
Diameter: 30.60 mm
Designer: Ryan Vanderwiel


LINK: The Perth Mint

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

India 5 rupees 2010 - 1000 Years of Brihadeeswarar Temple

New circulating commemorative:

The Peruvudaiyar Kovil or Brihadeeswarar Temple, also known as Rajarajeswaram, at Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's first complete granite temple and a brilliant example of the major heights achieved by Cholas kingdom Vishwakarmas in temple architecture.



The temple:



LINK: Brihadeeswarar Temple in Wikipedia

(information by Pabitra Saha)

Malta 2 euros 2011

New bimetallic circulating commemorative to commemorate 1st of five major milestones in Malta's constitutional history.:

"First elected representatives of 1849"

This coin is the first of a series of five coins to be issued over a period of five years to commemorate major milestones in Malta's constitutional history. This first coin commemorates the election in 1849 of the first Maltese representatives to the Council of Government advising the British Governor. Malta had been a British colony since the 1814 Treaty of Paris.



LINK: European Commission

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
Issue date: October, 2011
Mintage: 430,000


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Malaysia 1 ringgit 2010 - 3 types

New commemoratives:



50 Anniversary of Bunga Raya:
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower in Malaysia, locally known as Bunga Raya.

125 Anniversary of KTM:
Keretapi Tanah Melayu, Malayan Railways Limited is the main rail operator in Peninsular Malaysia. It started operation in 1885, in the British colonial era, when it was first built to transport tin.

125 Anniversary of JUPEM:
Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan, Department of Surveying and Mapping.



(information and images by Pabitra Saha and Lunaticg)

LINK: Malaysia Banknotes & Coins by Lunaticg

SPECIFICATIONS
Alloy: Nordic Gold: Cu89 Zn5 Al5 Sn1
Diameter (mm): 30.00 mm
Weight: 8.80 g

Monday, March 21, 2011

Slovenia 2 euros 2011 - Franc Rozman (Stane)

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"100th Anniversary of the birthday of Franc Rozman"

Franc Rozman, nicknamed Stane (27 March 1911-7 November 1944), was a Slovenian Yugoslav partisan commander in World War II.
Before that, he even was one of the first Yugoslav volunteers to join the International Brigades in Spanish Civil War.



Portrait and bust in Novo Mesto:



LINK: Franc Rozman in Wikipedia
LINK: Bank of Slovenia

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
Artist: Edi Berk, Ljubljana
Mint: Mint of Finland, Vantaa, Finland
Mintage: 1 million


Saturday, March 19, 2011

New material for UK 5 & 10 pence coins in 2011

The 5p and 10p coins have always been made from a metal known as cupronickel, an alloy made of 75 per cent copper, 25 per cent nickel. Indeed, all shillings, which preceded the 5p coin, were made from cupronickel following the end of World War II.

However, from 2011 on they are made from steel, with a nickel coating (nickel plated steel). In most respects they look identical and weigh the same, but sharp-eye observers will notice they are 11 per cent thicker, moving from 1.7 mm in depth to 1.9 mm.
They will also become magnetic for the first time:



The change, proposed by the former Labour government, is designed to save the Royal Mint between £7 million and £8 million a year, allowing it to use steel rather than copper, which has surged in price over recent years. Making the cupronickel alloy is also a relatively expensive process.

(information by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: The Telegraph
LINK: The Royal Mint

Friday, March 18, 2011

Aruba 5 & 10 florin 2011 - Status Aparte

New commemoratives in silver and gold:

"25 years of the Status Aparte"



Size comparison:



LINK: Dutch Mint

Denmark 20 krone 2011 - SHIPS: Emma Maersk

New circulating commemorative:

"SHIPS: Emma Maersk"



This is the 9th coin in the thematic series with ships.

When it was launched in 2006, Emma Maersk was the largest and longest container vessel ever built, propelled by the largest diesel engine ever manufactured. It maintains a regular service between the Far East and Europe through the Suez Canal.



The artist sculptor, Torben Ebbesen:



(information and image by Peter Kaminsky)

LINK: Denmark National Bank

SPECIFICATIONS
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: Torben Ebbesen (obverse) & Lis Nogel (reverse - portrait)
Mintage: 800,000


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Germany has released the designs for 2013, 2014 and 2015 2 euro commemoratives

2013: Baden-Wurttemberg, Maulbronn Monastery
2014: Niedersachsen, St. Michael Church in Hildesheim
2015: Hessen, St. Paul Church in Frankfurt



Maulbronn Monastery:



St. Michael Church in Hildesheim and St. Paul Church in Frankfurt:



(information and images by Pabitra Saha and Michael Reissner)

New coins and notes for Fiji



The new design will replace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's portrait and also introduce 2 Dollar as circulation coin. The tanoa on the Fiji 1 cent coin will feature on the reverse side of the new $2 coin.

The new notes and coins will be in circulation from June 2012.

Presently the 50 cent coin is the highest denomination coin in circulation. It needs to be seen if 1 Dollar coin is also introduced or not.

LINK: Radio Fiji news

(information by Pabitra Saha)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Syria to issue 50 pound coins

2010 news said Syria would mint new denomination 50 pound coins:

SANA news

Further details awaited.

Finland 5 euros 2011 - Savonia

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Provinces: Savonia"



The Coat of Arms:



Source: World Bimetallic Coin News
Link: Mint of Finland

SPECIFICATIONS
Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Designer: Nora Tapper

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Turkey 2011 - Bear and lion

Turkey mint issued two new bimetallics:



(images from www.worldbcnews.com)

Monday, March 14, 2011

India 5 rupees 2010 - 150 Years of Income Tax

New circulating commemorative:

"150 Years of Income Tax"



(information and image by Ashwin Lobo)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Poland 2 zlotys 2011 - 3rd & 4th coins

New circulating commemoratives:

"30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Independent Students' Union"
"In Memory of the Victims of the 10 April 2010 Presidential Plane Crash in Smolensk"



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Belgium euros 2010 - New Mint Master Mark

Belgium Mint has a new Mint Master since 2009, Serge Lesens, so circulating coins from 2010 on, have a new Privy Mark, a "quill" (feather user for writing). Previous Romain Coenen's mark was a pair of "scales".

Details of the Privy Marks in the ordinary 2 euros items from 2009 and 2010:



(information and scan by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Euro Mint Master Marks

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Italy 2 euro 2011 - Unification

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"150th Anniversary of the Unification"



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 million
Artist: Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Germany 10 euro 2011 - Franz Listz

New silver commemorative:

"200th anniversary of the birth of composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886)"



(information by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Coin Update News

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: silver .625
Diameter: 32.50 mm
Weight: 16.00 g
Designers: Michael Otto

Monday, March 7, 2011

Greece 2 euros 2011 - Special Olympics

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Special Olympics 2011"

Greece will hold Special Olympics from June 25 to July 4, 2011, in Athens and 2011 Euro 2 commemorative will be issued on the subject, perhaps on June 25.



(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

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

Friday, March 4, 2011

Uruguay 50 pesos 2011 - Bicentenario Emancipación Oriental

New circulating type:

"Bicentenario de la Emancipación Oriental"



(information and image taken from www.monedasuruguay.com)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sri Lanka 2 rupees 2011 - Air Force Platinum Jubilee

New circulating commemorative:

Sri Lanka will issue a coin to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of its Air Force. The coin is likely to be issued on March 9, 2011. On March 9, 2001, they issued a 1 Rupee coin on Golden Jubilee. This year's denomination is 2 Rupees but its issue price may be higher. It is understood that the coin is being minted by the Royal Mint, UK.

"Platinum Jubilee of the Air Force (60 years)"



The logo:



Image of the 1 rupee 2001 that celebrated the Golden Jubilee (50 years):



(information and images from Pabitra Saha)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Finland euros 2011 - New Mint Mark

The Finland's Mint has changed it's logo, and the new one will be on the eight 2011 denominations.

Details of the Mint's mark in the ordinary 2 euros item from 2011:



(information and scan by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: Mint of Finland

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spain 20 euros 2011 - Clara Campoamor

New silver commemorative:

"Clara Campoamor"

Clara Campoamor (1888-1972) was a Spanish politician and feminist best known for her advocacy for women's rights and suffrage during the writing of the Spanish constitution of 1931.



Clara Campoamor in a Spanish stamp from 1988:



LINK: Spanish mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Ag 0.925
Weight: 18.00 g
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Mintage: 2,000,000