Friday, September 28, 2012

Bulgaria 2 leva 2012 - Dimcho Debelyanov

New collector's issue:

"125 Years since the Birth of Dimcho Debelyanov"

Dimcho Debelyanov was a Bulgarian poet and author whose death in the First World War cut off his promising literary career.

He was born on 28 March 1887 in Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria. His family moved to Plovdiv in 1896, then to Sophia in 1904. He finished school in Sophia in 1906. Until 1912 he worked as junior clerk, freelance journalist, newspaper reporter, proof-reader, editor, translator, stenographer and so forth, often working two or three jobs at once. He joined Army in 1912 and participated in First Balkan War. Then worked in office from 1914 to 1916. He was called up again and sent to Front in Jan 1916. He was killed in action on 2 Oct 1916 while battling Irish troops between villages of Dolno and Gorno Karadjovo.

His first poems were published in autumn of 1906. Unknown at his death, his posthumous fame was considerable. His poetry is in many respects symbolist, and is distinguished by its technical innovation, its precise rendering of nebulous emotional states, and its remarkable musicality.

(news by Taigawirbel)
(image from eBay seller 0700_eshaya)
(information from

LINK: Bulgarian National Bank

Material: copper 900/100
Weight: 16.40 g
Diameter: 34.20 mm
Mintage: 5,000
Edge: plain
Mint: Sofia, Bulgaria
Artist: Vanya Dimitrova

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bahrain 5 & 10 fils 2011 - Magnetic

New circulating type:

This new 10 fils coin has a steel core (thus magnetic), while the previous type (KM28) was made of brass.

3rd october 2012: Gijs Vlothuizen confirms that 5 fils 2011 is also magnetic (possibly steel core).

We still need data about the rest of the denominations from 2011/2012...

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)
(image by Ovidijus Giniotas)

Finland 5 euro 2012 - Nordic Nature series

Three new bimetallic commemoratives:

"Nordic Nature series: Fauna, Flora & Winter"

(news by Pabitra Saha)
(image from

Material: CuNi center, nordic gold ring
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Mintage: 50 000

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Lithuania 50 litas 2012 - Maironis

New silver collectors issue:

"150th Anniversary of Maironis' birth"

Maironis (born Jonas Maciulis) is one of the most famous Lithuanian romantic poets.

He is considered the poet of the Lithuanian national revival because of his patriotic poetry at the time of the formation of the national consciousness, part of an emotional movement that swept Eastern Europe in the late nineteenth century.

Maironis does not represent any strictly defined literary trend because such trends did not exist in Lithuanian literature at that time. His aesthetics developed from the romantic, classical atmosphere of the first part of the nineteenth century and were determined by the social conditions of Lithuania toward the end of that century.

(news by Ovidijus Giniotas)
(information from

LINK: Bank of Lithuania
LINK: Some of his poems

Composition: Silver Ag 925
Quality: proof
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Mintage: 3,000
Artist: Morning John Belevicius

Monday, September 24, 2012

Argentina 2 pesos 2012 - Malvinas War

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"30th Anniversary of the Malvinas War"

(information by Pabitra Saha)
(image from

LINK: Central Bank of Argentina

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Zambia 2012 - new coin family

New coinage in Zambia:

(information by Pabitra Saha, Phil McLoughlin and Matt)
(images by Serhiy Dzhyshkariani)

LINK: Bank of Zambia

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2012 - Mikhail Kravchuk

New commemorative:

The coin is dedicated to math teacher and public figure Mikhail Kravchuk Philipp, academician of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, author of fundamental works on algebra, mathematical analysis, the theory of linear transformations, theory of functions and more. With a wide range of research and research results Mikhail Kravchuk became known not only in Ukraine, but also abroad.

(news by Gijs Vlothuizen)

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Mintage: 15 000

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Samoa 1 tala 2012 - Independence

New commemorative:

"50th Anniversary of Independence"

This coin is presented in a beautifully designed card and also includes educational information on Samoa's independence. A silver proof issue is also available.

(information by Pabitra Saha and Gijs Vlothuizen)
(image by Gijs Vlothuizen)

Composition: Nordic gold
Weight: 20.00 g
Diameter: 38.74 mm
Thickness: 3.00 mm
Mint: Royal Australian Mint

LINK: Central Bank of Samoa

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2012 - Sudak

New commemorative:

"Ancient cities: Sudak"

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

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Germany 10 euro 2012 - National Library

New CuNi and silver commemorative:

"100 years of the National Library"

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 14.00 g
Diameter: 32.50 mm
Mint: D (Munich)

Composition: Silver .625
Weight: 16.00 g
Diameter: 32.50 mm
Mint: D (Munich)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Poland 2 zlotys 2012 - 'Dragon' light cruiser

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish Ships: 'Dragon' light cruiser"

(news by Taigawirbel)

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

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Austria 10 euro 2012 - Karinthia

New copper and silver commemoratives:

"States collection: Karinthia (Kärnten)"

(information and images by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Austrian Mint

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mexico 10 pesos 2012 - Battle of Puebla

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla"

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Banco de Mexico

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Belize 2 dollars 2011 - 30 years of Independence

New commemorative:

"30th Anniversary of Independence 1981-2011"

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 8.00 g
Diameter: 28.40 mm

(information by Egon Conti)
(image from eBay seller tonygrants)

LINK: Central Bank of Belize

Nicaragua 50 cordobas 2010 - 50 years Central Bank

New commemoratives:

"50 years of the Nicaragua Central Bank"

The Banco Central de Nicaragua released two coins to celebrate its 50 years, a CuNi and a silver issue.

(news and image by Egon Conti)

50 cordobas CuNi:
Weight: 22.50 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
50 cordobas Silver coloured:
Weight: 27.00 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm

LINK: Banco Central de Nicaragua

Monday, September 10, 2012

Portugal 2.5 euro 2012 - NRP Sagres

New commemorative:

"75th Anniversary of NRP Sagres school ship"

(image from

LINK: Numismática Visual
LINK: Portugal Mint

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Belarus 1 & 10 roubles 2012 - Maxim Tank 100 years

New CuNi and silver collector issues:

"100th Anniversary of the Birth of poet Maxim Tank"

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 19.50 g
Diameter: 37.00 mm
Mint: Lithuanian Mint

Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 16.81 g
Diameter: 37.00 mm
Mint: Lithuanian Mint

(news by Antony)
(images from Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Kyrgyzstan 5 som 2012 - Musical instruments

New CuNi commemorative:

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)
(image from eBay seller collectors_shop)

LINK: National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2012 - Maritime History

New commemorative:

"Maritime History of Ukraine"

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

(information by Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine