Friday, April 27, 2012

Isle of Man 50 pence 2012 - Diamond Jubilee

New commemorative:

(information and image by Andrew G)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Japan 500 yen 2012 - Oita, Tochigi & Hyogo

New bimetallic commemoratives:

"Japan prefectures: Oita, Tochigi & Hyogo"

(news and images by Jose Luis Ramirez Monleon)

The prefectures coins released or planned so far:

2008 - Hokkaido, Kyoto & Shimane
2009 - Nagano
2009 - Niigata
2009 - Ibaraki & Nara
2010 - Kochi, Gifu & Fukui
2011 - Aichi, Aomori & Saga
2011 - Kumamoto, Tottori & Toyama
2011 - Akita, Iwate & Shiga
2012 - Okinawa, Kanagawa & Miyazaki

LINK: Japan Mint

Solomon Islands 2012 - New coinage

On 27 January 2012, the Governor of Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI), Denton Rarawa announced that the Solomon Islands' current coins will be replaced by five attractive new coins in July this year.

The designs reflect what the people told CBSI they would like to see on their coins in the national coinage survey conducted in 2011. The old 1, 2 and 5 cent coins will no longer be produced.

The obverse of all coins features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. This effigy replaces the Raphael Maklouf design used in the old coins.

Each reverse of the new coins features one of four much loved designs that already appear on some of the current coins and there is a new design for the 2 dollar coin. The 2 dollar coin will feature the bokolo, an item of cultural significance for Solomon Islanders.

The reverse designs are:


The new 10 cent coin retains the sea spirit design that is on the current 10 cent coin. The design portrays the sea spirit Ngoreru from Temotu province in the Eastern Solomon's.


The new 20 cent coin retains the pendant design on the current 20 cent coin. The design depicts a traditional pendant design of Malaita province.


The new 50 cent coin features the eagle design on the current 2 cent coin. The eagle spirit symbolises deity in various communities in Solomon Islands.


The new $1 dollar coin retains the nguzu nguzu design of the current 1 dollar coin. The design portrays a carving of the spirit Nguzu Nguzu from the Western province. It portrays good luck and protection.


The design features a bokolo from Western and Choiseul provinces. The bokolo is made from fossilised clam shells and was traditionally used as a form of money. It is featured in the $2 coin and represents the many different forms of traditional money used in Solomon Islands.

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Solomon Star
LINK: Sky News
LINK: Island Sun

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Russia 10 roubles 2012 - Luga

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of Military Glory: Luga"

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

LINK: Bank of Russia

Australia 2012 - Merchant Navy & Kokoda Trail

New commemoratives:

20 cents - "Merchant Navy" (series Australia Remembers)

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 11.30 g
Diameter: 28.52 mm
Mintage: Unlimited
Artist: W. Pietranik

50 cents - "70th Anniversary of the Kokoda Trail"

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 15.55 g
Diameter: 31.51 mm
Mintage: Unlimited
Artist: W. Pietranik

(information and images by Peter Kaminsky and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

India 5 rupees 2007 - Bhagat Singh

New circulating commemorative:

"Birth Centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh"

The Bhagat Singh coin dated 2007 has finally been released by Hyderabad mint this month.

(news and image by Shamik Biswas)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Canada eliminating the one cent

The government announced that it is eliminating the penny from Canada's coinage system. In about six months the Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing Canadian coppers.

Starting in the fall, businesses will be asked to return pennies to financial institutions. The coins will be melted and the metal content recycled. In the meantime, Canadians can continue to use pennies to pay for things and the one-cent piece will retain its value indefinitely.

(news by Wesley Green)

LINK: CBC news
LINK: Winnipeg Free Press
LINK: National Post
LINK: All the one cent coin types

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Austria 10 euro 2012 - Styria

New silver commemorative:

"States collection: Styria (Steiermark)"

The reverse of the first coin in this series, Styria, was designed by Viktoria Reicht from Kirchbach in Styria and features the forests, apples and pumpkins her home province is famous for. Designed by chief designer Thomas Pesendorfer, the coin's obverse shows the magical Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg UNESCO World Heritage Site of the provincial capital of Styria, Graz. Some of the city's other landmarks, such as its clock tower, town hall, mausoleum dome and baroque church tower, also feature.

Minted and packed at the Austrian Min this beautiful coin is the fruit of the very highest production standards and comes in Special Uncirculated quality in silver and Circulation quality in copper, each with different packaging.

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Austrian Mint

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Slovenia 3 euro 2012 - 100th Anniversary of First Olympic Medal

New bimetallic commemorative:

"100th Anniversary of First Olympic Medal"

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Composition: disc 75Cu25Ni / ring 78Cu20Zn2Ni
Weight: 15.00 g
Diameter: 32.00 mm

LINK: Bank of Slovenia
LINK: Deželna banka Slovenije

Sunday, April 15, 2012

India 5 rupees 2010 - 150th anniversary of the CAG

New circulating commemorative:

"150th anniversary of the Controller & Auditor General of India"

(news by Pabitra Saha and Shamik Biswas)
(image from

Friday, April 13, 2012

Poland 2 zlotys 2012 - Blyskawica Destroyer

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish Ships: Blyskawica Destroyer"

(news by Pabitra Saha)

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

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Sri Lanka 2 rupees 2012 - Scout Movement Centenary

New circulating commemorative:

"Centenary of the Sri Lanka Scout Movement"

Real coin image (by Egon Conti):

The badge of the Sri Lanka Scout Movement:

(information and images from Pabitra Saha and

Composition: nickel plated steel
Weight: 7.00 g
Diameter: 28.50 mm
Thickness: 1.50 mm
Edge: milled

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Canada 1 & 2 dollars 2012 - New material and security features

The 1 & 2 dollar circulation types will see important and nice design changes this year. They will bear laser marks of maple leaves. Also, instead of traditional alloys, Canada's new circulation coins are manufactured using the same Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology found in our current 25 cent, 10 cent, 5 cent and 1 cent circulation coins. This patented process covers a steel core with alternating layers of metals such as copper, nickel and brass. The resulting coins are more economical to produce, durable and secure.

The new 1 dollar coin:

The new 2 dollars bimetallic coin:

(news and images by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint
LINK: Canada introduces newest coin technology

Russia 10 roubles 2012 - Voronezh

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of Military Glory: Voronezh"

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

(information by Antony)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Czech Republic 200 koruna 2012 - 100th anniversary of the foundation of Junák

New silver commemorative:

"100th anniversary of the foundation of Junák (Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republic)"

Composition: Silver 925/1000
Weight: 13.00 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Edge: reeded
Artist: Zbynek Fojtu
Mintage: 8 000

(information and image by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: Czech Mint

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Finland 5 euro 2012 - Ice Hockey World Championship

New commemorative:

"Ice Hockey World Championship"

(information by Pabitra Saha)

Material: CuNi center, nordic gold ring
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Designer: Petri Neuvonen
Mintage: 180 000

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland