Friday, September 30, 2011

Belarus 1 rouble 2011 - 150th Anniversary of Ignat Bujnitski

New commemorative:

"150th Anniversary of the Belarusian actor Ignat Bujnitski"

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 20.00 g
Diameter: 37.00 mm
Mintage: 2 000
Quality: proof like
Designer: Oksana Novoselova
Mint: Lithuanian Mint

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2011 - Oskemen

New circulating commemorative:

"Towns of Kazakhstan: Oskemen"

Weight: 4.71 g
Diameter: 23.00 mm
Mintage: 50 000
Issue date: 23 September 2011

(information by Antony)

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan
LINK: Oskemen in Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Austria 10 euro 2011 - Der Liebe Augustin

New silver commemorative:

"Der Liebe Augustin"

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Austrian Mint

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Finland 5 euro 2011 - Ostrobothnia

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Historical provinces: Ostrobothnia"

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: 3oct2011

Link: Mint of Finland
Link: Ostrobothnia in Wikipedia

Coins of this collection released or planned so far:

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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Romania 50 bani 2011 - Mircea the Elder

New circulating commemorative (also issued in gold proof):

"625th anniversary of Mircea the Elder's ascension to the throne of Wallachia"

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

Material: Brass
Weight: 6.10 g
Diameter: 23.75 mm
Edge: inscribed
Mintage: 5 000 000

LINK: Romania National Bank

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Poland 2 zlotys 2011 - Lodz & Poznan

New circulating commemoratives:

"Cities and towns in Poland - Lodz & Poznan"

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 800 000

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tajikistan 2006 - 25 & 50 diram magnetic varieties

My friend Wolfgang Schuster recently found some pieces of these two 2006 varieties. Krause lists the brass versions as KM#5.2 and KM#6.2. Excellent site "" already listed these magnetic versions (brass clad steel), which should have their own KM numbers.

Both versions were minted at Saint Petersburg mint, Russia.

(images taken from

LINK: Coins of CIS and Baltic countries

Fiji 1 dollar 2009 - New specifications

New circulating type:

This coin is already listed in Schon’s catalog as S#55a.

Composition: brass galvanized steel (magnetic)
Diameter: 23.00 mm
Weight: 5.05 g
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: reeded

Monday, September 12, 2011

France euros 2011 - New engraver's mark

The 2011 mark is of Yves Sampo, the new head of the engraving workshop. Titled 'Fleurette d'atelier,' it illustrates the teamwork spirit of the engraving workshop. It depicts a pentagon containing the letters 'AG,' which stand for Atelier de Gravure (engraving workshop) and 'MP,' standing for Monnaie de Paris et Pessac. Sampo's initials appear on either side of these letters.

Details of the mark in the ordinary 5 euro cents item from 2011:

(information from


India 2 rupees 2010 - XIX Commonwealth Games

New circulating commemorative:

XIX Commonwealth Games: Delhi 2010

(image from eBay seller coins_notes)

LINK: Delhi 2010

Friday, September 09, 2011

World Central Banks

I just added a new Quick Link to the top of the blog (below the title and description), a comprehensive list of Central Banks from the whole globe:

World Central Banks

...more Quick Links coming in the future (world mints, coin shops, online coin catalogues)...

Portugal 2 euro 2011 - Fernão Mendes Pinto

New circulating commemorative:

"500 years of the birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto"

LINK: Casa da Moeda

Diameter: 25.75 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Mintage: 500,000
Artist: Isabel Carriço & Fernando Branco

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

NUMISMA Spanish Numismatic Glosary

This is not a post about Coin News, but as it's really interesting for coin collectors, I decided to post it.

Here you can download the PDF version of this great work, a Numismatic Glosary in Spanish, with more than 4400 entries, 475 pages. This work was made by Enrique Rubio Santos, and is distributed for free. Enjoy it!

Thank you, Enrique!!!

Download here: Numismatic Glosary

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Poland 2 zlotys 2011 - Silesian Uprisings

New circulating commemorative:

"Silesian Uprisings"

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 800 000

Spain 2 euro 2012 - Burgos Cathedral

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Burgos Cathedral"

The beautiful Cathedral:

External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g

Australia 1 dollar 2012 - Year of the Dragon

New commemorative:

"Year of the Dragon"

The coin is available in a special card. It is also available as a silver proof coin and as a gold coin.

(news from Peter Kaminsky)

Composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 9.00 g
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Edge: plain/reeded
Designer: Vladimir Gottwald

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Monday, September 05, 2011

South Sudan new coins in september

The Governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan, Kornelio Koryom, said that the South Sudan pound coins will come into circulation this month.

The Governor told in a press conference, that the coins will be in the denominations of 1, 5, 25 and 50 piastres. He also also explained that all old Sudanese Pounds will be kept in the bank stores, pending a political agreement on currency exchange between Khartoum and Juba.

LINK: Radio Miraya

Friday, September 02, 2011

Finland 10 euro 2011 - 150th anniversary of the birth of Juhani Aho

New silver commemorative:

"150th anniversary of the birth of Juhani Aho"

Juhani Aho, born Johannes Brofeldt, was the first professional Finnish writer. His works gave a window on everyday life and the landscape of Finland. He was a master of psychological realism.

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Material: Silver
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 25.50 g
Designer: Reijo Paavilainen

Canada 25 cents 2011 - 75th anniversary of CBC/Radio

New commemorative:

"75th anniversary of CBC/Radio"

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Cuba 1 peso 2011 - Beginning of Independence

New commemoratives:

Beginning of Independence Wars Bicentennial

There are two versions available, a copper one and a copper-nickel one:

(information and images by Pabitra Saha and eBay user arg_collectibles)

Russia 10 roubles 2011 - Rzhev

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of Military Glory: Rzhev"

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

(information by Taneli Perätalo)

LINK: Bank of Russia