Established in 1813, the Benevolent Society lays claim to being Australia's first charity organisation. It was established by banker, newspaper editor, and philanthropist Edward Smith Hall, and has served to provide aid to millions of Australians for two centuries. Its significant achievements include pioneering free maternity care, legal aid, campaigning for the abolition of child labour and the introduction of the old age pension.
(information by Peter Kaminsky, Antoine Clerc and Pabitra Saha)
Weight: 9.00 g
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Designer: RAM Team
"Lithuanian heritage: Kurenas, Stelmuzes Azuolas, Verpste and Puntukas"
The Kurenas is a sailing fishing boat of Courland Lagoon in Lithuania, which is unchanged in its traditional form since the fourteenth century:
The Stelmuzes Azuolas (Stelmuze Oak) is an oak tree which grows in the former Stelmuze Manor park by Stelmuze village. It measures 3.5 m in diameter and 13 m in girth at its widest part; being 2.8 m and 9.58 m at waist level. The oak reaches 23 m in height with only side branches remaining alive. It is believed to be as much as 2,000 years old; this makes it the oldest oak in Lithuania and one of the oldest in Europe. However, exact age measurements are difficult as the inner part of the trunk has been removed. In 1960 it was declared a natural monument and included in the list of protected objects in Lithuania:
The Verpste is a traditional wooden spindle:
Puntukas is a glacial granite erratic probably from Finland. It measures 6.9 metres in length, 6.7 m in width, and 5.7 m in depth (including 1.5 m underground). It weighs about 265 tons. In 1943, sculptor Bronius Pundzius engraved portraits and quotes from last wills of Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas for the 10th anniversary of their deaths during the transatlantic flight with Lituanica:
Ring composition: CuAlNi
Center composition: CuNi
Weight: 7.50 g
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Artist: Giedrius Paulauskis
UNC Mintage: 100,000
Proof Mintage: 4,000
(news and information from Wikipedia, Pabitra Saha and Andrius Cerniauskas)
Sophie Mannerheim, the sister of Marshal Mannerheim, is the prototype of the modern woman. She was an independent forerunner and a prominent figure of her time, working to develop nursing practices and promote the wellbeing of children. Sophie Mannerheim collector coin supports the New Children's Hospital 2017 project.
(news by Pabitra Saha)
Material: Silver 925
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 25.50 g
Designer: Tero Lounas
Mintage: 17 000
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the reign of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden as head of state.
The Riksbank intends to celebrate this by minting a special design on the reverse of the 1 krona coins issued during 2013.
They have chosen a proposal from the designer Erik Nordin as the motif for the reverse of the coin. The obverse, with the portrait of the King, will remain unchanged.
All of the 1 krona coins issued in 2013 will have this special minting.