Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2011 - 15 years of Constitution

New commemorative:

"15 years of Constitution"

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 16.54 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
Mintage: 30 000

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

India 2011 - New series of coins

New circulating types:

A new series of coins will be released in july 2011, carrying the new Rupee symbol:

In some auction sites you can already see the new 50 paise item:

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: The Times of India

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Russia 10 roubles 2011 - Vladikavkaz, Kursk & Orel

New circulating commemoratives:

"Cities of Military Glory: Vladikavkaz, Kursk & Orel"

Composition: brass plated steel
Weight: 5.63 g
Diameter: 22.00 mm
Thickness: 2.20 mm
Edge: reeded and plain sections
Mintage: 10 000 000

(information by Antony)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Monday, June 27, 2011

Samoa 2011 - New coins

New circulating issues, minted by the Royal Australian Mint:

The motifs:

10 sene: Fautasi Race
20 sene: Teuila Flower
50 sene: Manumea Bird
1 tala: Kava Bowl
2 tala: Samoan National Coat of Arms

The common side of the 5 coins bears the portrait of His Royal Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

(information by Glen Warren, Pabitra Saha and Aidan Work)

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Friday, June 24, 2011

Austria 5 euro 2011 - Land of Forests

New silver commemorative:

"Land of Forests"

(image from site

LINK: Austrian Mint
LINK: Commemorative 5 euro coins

Composition: silver .800
Diameter: 28.50 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Edge: nine-sided, plain

Russia 10 roubles 2011 - Voronezh

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Russian Regions: Voronezh Oblast"

Coat of arms:

(information by Antony)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2011 - Aktobe

New circulating commemorative:

"Towns of Kazakhstan: Aktobe"

The city seal:

Weight: 4.71 g
Diameter: 23.00 mm
Mintage: 50 000
Issue date: 18 June 2011

(information by Taneli Perätalo and Antony)

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan
LINK: Aktobe in Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

China 1 & 5 yuan 2011

New commemoratives:

1 yuan: Year of the Rabbit
(mintage: 30 000 000)

5 yuan: 90th birthday of Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
(mintage: 60 000 000)

(info and images by Li Jincheng and Pabitra Saha)

AVAILABLE FROM: eBay Store of Li Jincheng
LINK: Numismática Visual

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nepal 50 & 1000 rupees 2011 - Tourism Year

New circulating commemoratives:

"Nepal Tourism Year"

The 50 rupees coin looks like copper-nickel while the 1000 ruppees one looks like silver.

(information and images by Gijs Vlothuizen and Madhur Grover)

LINK: Central Bank of Nepal

Monday, June 20, 2011

Finland 5 euro 2011 - Karelia

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Provinces: Karelia"

Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Designer: Nora Tapper
Mintage: 100,000 (plus 20,000 proof)
Issue date: 19aug2011

Link: Mint of Finland
Link: Karelia in Wikipedia

Coins of this collection released or planned so far:

2010 - Finland Proper
2010 - Satakunta
2011 - Tavastia
2011 - Savonia
2011 - Uusimaa
2011 - Karelia

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lithuania 1 litas 2011 - Basketball

New circulating commemorative:

LINK: Bank of Lithuania

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 22.30 mm
Weight: 6.25 g
Mintage: 1,000,000
Artist: Liudas Parulskis and Giedrius Paulauskis
Issue date: 21st june 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Latvia 1 lats 2011 - Beer mug

New circulating commemorative:

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Edge: inscriptions
Mint: Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands)
Artists: Juris Dimiters (graphic design) and Andris Varpa (plaster model)

LINK: Bank of Latvia 1 lats pieces

(image by Sarunas Mortuza)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Iran 500 rials 2011 - Khohramshahr

New commemorative:

(image from Ali Nasseri)

LINK: Iran Coins by Ali Nasseri (in persian)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oman 25 baisa 2010 - New coat of arms

New circulating type:

"Redesigned coat of arms"

These are the 2008 and 2010 coats of arms in detail:

(information and scans by Myria Korea (Sejin))

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monaco 2 euro 2011 - Prince Albert and Charlene

New bimetallic commemorative:

"The wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene"

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: 148,000

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Special 2 euro coins

Friday, June 10, 2011

Italy 5 euro 2011

New silver commemorative:

"150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy"

Material: silver
Diameter: 32.00 mm
Weight: 18.0 g
Mintage: 10,000

LINK: Commemorative 5 euro coins

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Vatican 2 euro 2011 - World Youth Day

New bimetallic commemorative:

"26th World Youth Day"

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: 115,000
Release date: october 2011

LINK: Special 2 euro coins
LINK: Coins World

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Denmark 20 krone 2011 - Steam Boat Hjejlen

New circulating commemorative:

"SHIPS: Steam Boat Hjejlen"

Hjejlen is the world's oldest paddle steamer still operating. It was built in Copenhagen in 1861 and thus this year marks its 150 years anniversary. The original idea was that the paddle steamer would stimulate the tourism to Himmelbjerget.

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Denmark National Bank
LINK: 150 years of Hjejlen (Danish only)

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: Henrik Wiberg
Mintage: 700,000

New coins in Malaysia for 2012

Bank Negara Malaysia is pleased to announce that a new series design of Malaysian banknotes and coins will be issued for circulation in early 2012. The theme of the design of the new currency series will include features that are distinctively Malaysia.

The new fourth series design of banknotes will be featured in the denomination of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 and RM100.

The new design coins are the third in the series for the denominations of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50 sen.

This new series of banknotes and coins will co-circulate with the existing series until the latter are gradually withdrawn from circulation.

LINK: Central Bank of Malaysia

(information by Pabitra Saha)

Monday, June 06, 2011

Europe 2 euro 2012 - 10 Years of the Euro finalist designs

Here are the 5 finalists of the Commemorative Coin Design Competition: "10 Years of the Euro"

I already chose my favourite. Vote for yours in the link below (until june 24th):


On june 30th the winner design will be announced. Good luck to all!

(information by Pabitra Saha)

Friday, June 03, 2011

Eastern Caribbean States 2009 - New subtypes

From 2002 to 2007, the 10 cents (KM37), 25 cents (KM38) and 1 dollar (KM39) common circulating coins were made of CuNi:

My friend Wolfgang Schuster sent me a 10 cents item from 2009 with a magnetic core, steel I guess. This is clearly a new KM subtype. It is attracted to magnets, while previous years weren't.

Confirmation needed: I've been trying to contact the Central Bank looking for a confirmation regarding the other 2 values, 25 cents and 1 dollar, but until now, I've got no answer. Also, I contacted a couple of sellers in eBay asking for the same details. Again, no answers. Years after 2008 seem quite hard to be found. So, visitors, if you've seen Eastern Caribbean States pieces from 2009 on, please add some comments here.

New data from 23rd june 2011, by Wolfgang: "a friend of mine is just back from Dominica. He was at the Central Bank there: so far ONLY the 10c exists in magnetic composition."

(information by Wolfgang Schuster)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Isle of Man 50 pence 2011 - Yamaha

New commemorative:

"Yamaha 50 years of Tourist Trophy racing"

(information and image by Andrew G)