My friend Wolfgang Schuster sent me this image of a different set from Angola 2012. Discussion is open, as we don't know whether they are real circulating ones, trials, or just fakes. Even could be a normal set that someone has electroplated with copper:
(images from Wolfgang Schuster)
Help needed: If you have also seen them or have any further information, please post a comment!!
Latvia is poised on the threshold of important change marked by its historic accession to the euro area. This 1 lats silver coin puts a symbolic full stop to the era of the renewed lats. This number '365' is particularly noteworthy among others, for it makes one recall the days of the year with their endless diversity of events and the flow of life.
The obverse features a circle symbolising 360 + 5 degrees, including also the time reference point. The year 2013 is placed on the circle at the top. The concentric lines within the circle represent 1 second, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 month and 1 year.
The reverse features an intricate pattern of lines which turn into circles; the diagram comprises a shiny sector resembling the form of the number 1.
Composition: Silver .925
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Weight: 16.40 g
Mint: Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands)
Artist: Paulis Liepa
Shurale is a mythical creature in Tatar fairy tales, the forest spirit. Usually he is described as a little creature with long fingers, long legs, beard and a small horn on his forehead. He can tickle people to death. He steals horses from the herd and rides them. You can catch Shurale if you smear the horse's back with tar. Shurale is afraid of water, so you can escape from him by jumping over the river or spring.
(news by Gijs Vlothuizen, Pabitra Saha and Taigawirbel)
'110th Anniversary of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising'
The Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising or simply the Ilinden Uprising of August 1903 was an organized revolt against the Ottoman Empire, which was prepared and carried out by the Secret Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization.
(news and image by Pabitra Saha)
(information taken from Wikipedia)
Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914.
The entrance to the park:
The famous lizard:
(news by Pabitra Saha)
(information from Wikipedia)
External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
'60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan'
The Japan Mint will manufacture a memorial silver coin for Cambodia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Japanese agency will mint up to 10,000 pieces of the 3000 riel coins on behalf of the National Bank of Cambodia. One side of the coin depicts the Angkor Wat temple complex, while the other side shows a bilateral friendship logo.
PAMP Suisse once again raises the bar with this exquisite 2014 "Gloria: The Story of Nativity" 3-coin proof silver set for Christmas. Using a unique interplay of frosted and mirrored features, and low and high relief, the original artwork of these 1 troy oz 999 fine silver coins brings to life the story of the Nativity in amazing detail. More works of art than currency, these three legal tender proof silver coins depict the three major moments in Christ's birth: The Journey to Bethlehem, The Star of Bethlehem, and The Adoration of the Magi.
In The Journey to Bethlehem, Joseph is shown leading the donkey carrying the pregnant Mary as they travel to Bethlehem. The technique used to strike this coin lends a three-dimensional depth of field to the scene, with tall grass in the foreground, Joseph and Mary in the center, and trees and sheep in the background.
In The Star of Bethlehem, two shepherds in the mountains above Bethlehem gaze in wonder at the beacon of Christ's birth shining above the nearby town. The sheep in the foreground, the rocky outcropping the younger shepherd climbs to get a better view, and the clothing of the shepherds themselves look almost photographic in their detail.
In The Adoration of the Magi, the Three Kings kneel before a radiant Mary holding the Christ Child, offering gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The ramshackle stable frames the scene, with the starry night in the background.
These three 40mm proof silver coins come in a beautiful white presentation case with sky blue interior. The included illustrative booklet also serves as Certificate of Authenticity for this set, which is limited to 4,000 world-wide.
There has never been a silver Nativity coin set with the awe-inspiring detail of this one. The "Gloria: The Story of Nativity" proof silver coin set is sure to become a treasured heirloom and beautiful family Christmas memory.
'150 years of the birth and 100 years of the death of Belisario Domínguez Palencia'
Belisario Domínguez Palencia (1863-1913) was a Mexican physician and liberal politician. He served as senator and gave a memorable speech in the Congress against the dictator Victoriano Huerta, for which he was murdered.
On november 6th the Bank of Latvia will issue a new special 1 lats circulation coin, the Parity Coin, featuring the exchange rate of the lats to the euro on the reverse. This coin will be put into circulation like any other circulation money. It will be legal tender until the end of the year, to afterwards serve as a tangible proof, preserved in metal, of the exchange rate at the moment of the euro adoption.
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Mint: Münze Österreich (Austria)
Artists: Ilmars Blumbergs (graphic design) and Janis Strupulis (plaster model)