Monday, July 21, 2014

PLEASE, STOP THE WAR IN PALESTINE

This is NOT a coins post. It is NOT a hobbies post.



Few days ago I published a post to give my humble support to the PEACE IN PALESTINA. Soon many comments started to arrive. Some people didn't want to see that kind of post in a coins blog (is there anything more important than peace and harmony?). Other people gave the old arguments of their right to defend themselves (sorry? self-defense? killing kids and women with weapons and resources thousands of times more powerful than the oponent?).

The war in Palestina (and, of course, everywhere) must stop NOW. Religion is not a reason for killing people (if your religion tells you to do so, you'd better abandon it). Frontiers are not a reason for killing other human beings (if your nationalism needs that, you'd better become stateless). THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR KILLING.

When I started collecting coins many years ago and doing mail exchanges with other collectors, I met hundreds of people from the entire world. Almost all were great people, we became good friends. People from many different ages, countries and religions. I felt very proud and grateful for having met all this partners. I have learnt a lot from them, about coins, geography, politics, languages and human relations.

Lately I have been feeling sad, upset and dissapointed. I see people doing horrible things to their neighbors almost everywhere in the world. And what is even worse, too many people just look the other way. Under this reality and present, it is hard to find the daily illusion to talk about coins. But I am hopeful that someday soon I will be able to post a note thanking both sides of the conflict for having reached a real and permanent agreement of PEACE IN PALESTINE.

You may think you can't do anything, that you have no voice, but YOU DO. Just believe in it, treat your neigbor in the same way as you'd like to be treated, and, as someone good and wise said:

"BE THE CHANGE THAT YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Italy 5 euro 2014 - EU Council Presidency

New silver commemorative:

'Presidency of the Council of the European Union'



LINK: Italian Mint

Monday, July 14, 2014

Malta 2 euro 2014 - Malta Police Force Bicentenary

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'Malta Police Force Bicentenary'



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, July 11, 2014

Armenia 100 drams 2014 - FIFA World Cup

New silver collectors issue:

'2014 FIFA World Cup'



(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: silver .925
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 20.00 g


LINK: Central Bank of Armenia

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Russia 10 roubles 2014 - Vladivostok

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of military glory: Vladivostok"



(news by Taigawirbel)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

South Africa 5 rand 2014 - 20 years of Freedom

New circulating bimetallic:

'20 years of Freedom'



(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: South Africa Mint

Falkland Islands 2 pounds 2014 - Battle of the Falkland Islands

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands'

The Battle of the Falkland Islands was a British naval victory over the Imperial German Navy on 8 December 1914 during the First World War in the South Atlantic.



(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ukraine 5 & 10 hryvnia 2014 - 220 Years of Odesa

New commemoratives:

'220 Years of the City of Odesa'



(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Italy 2 euro 2014 - Galileo Galilei

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'450th Anniversary of the birth of Galileo Galilei'



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