Friday, December 28, 2012

Norway 10 krone 2013 - Women's Suffrage Jubilee

New circulating commemorative:

"Women's Suffrage Jubilee"

Norges Bank invited seven candidates to compete for the design of the coin's reverse. The winning design with the motto "Joining forces" is by illustrator and graphic designer Siri Dokken. The left side of the coin features four female figures with their arms outstretched as its central motif. Commenting on her motif, Dokken says that democracy is a bottom-up movement and that to vote is to join forces to move something together, to create change, move axes and centres of gravity. Minor adjustments may be made to the motif before the coin is put into production.

(information and image by Pabitra Saha and Rohan Kaikini)

LINK: Norges Bank

Colombia 2012 - Some rejected designs

My friend Guillermo Granados sent me these images, all of designs that were candidates for the new coin family, but that were finally rejected.

50 pesos type 1:

50 pesos type 2:

100 pesos type 1:

100 pesos type 2:

200 pesos type 1:

200 pesos type 2:

1000 pesos 2010 type 1:

1000 pesos 2010, other types:

1000 pesos 2011 types:

1000 pesos 2012 type:

(images from Guillermo Granados)

LINK: Banco de la República de Colombia
LINK: Colombia patterns and Krause corrections

United Kingdom 5 pounds 2013 - Coronation

New commemorative type:

"60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation"

(news and image by Pabitra Saha, Jo Hoogeveen and Serhiy Dzhyshkariani)

LINK: British Royal Mint

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Warsaw Polish Theatre

New circulating commemorative:

"100 years of the Polish Theatre in Warsaw"

(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

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lebanon 250 livres 2012 - Lucky coin

New commemorative type:

The Central Bank of Lebanon released a limited edition coin of 250 livres, with a rhodium plated cedar tree:

(news by Wolfgang Schuster)
(image from eBay seller 4wstamps)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Finland 5 euro 2012 - Provincial Buildings: Lapland

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Lumberjack's Candle Bridge"

Currently regarded as Rovaniemi's foremost landmark, this bridge is named after its two tall columns which, with their bright lights, resemble lumberjack's candles - logs sawn in two with a fire in between. A coffee pot won't stay on top of these lumberjack's candles, but they do illuminate the slopes of Ounasvaara hill and the surge of the River Kemijoki also during the darkest time of the year.

Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Designer: Nora Tapper (reverse), Petri Neuvonen (obverse)

Link: Mint of Finland

Finland 5 euro 2012 - Provincial Buildings: Uusimaa

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral"

The neoclassical Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral, which represents the Byzantine-Russian architectural tradition, also communicate Helsinki’s role as a gateway between East and West. In Helsinki, sophisticated Nordic unpretentiousness is flavoured with the opulence and colourfulness of the East, making the city’s architecture unique by world standards.

Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Designer: Nora Tapper (reverse), Petri Neuvonen (obverse)

Link: Mint of Finland

Friday, December 21, 2012

Nepal 50 & 1000 rupees 2012 - International Year of Co-operatives

New commemoratives in CuNi and silver:

"International Year of Co-operatives"

(information and images from

LINK: Central Bank of Nepal

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Belarus 1 & 20 roubles 2012 - Fatherhood

New CuNi and silver collector issues:


Composition: CuNi
Weight: 13.16 g
Diameter: 32.00 mm
Mintage: 2,000
Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 33.63 g
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Mintage: 10,000
Designer: Svetlana Nekrasova
Mint: Mint of Poland PLC

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

United Kingdom 50 pence 2013 - New coat of arms

New circulating type:

(news and image by Serhiy Dzhyshkariani)

LINK: British Royal Mint

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2012 - Year of the bat

New commemorative:

"Year of the bat"

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 16.54 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
Mintage: 20 000

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Timor-Leste 100 centavos 2012 - Boaventura de Manufahi

New bimetallic commemorative:

This coin is dedicated to "Boaventura de Manufahi", historical figure that became a symbol of determination and courage of the East Timorese people in their struggle for independence. Packaged in an illustrated wallet, the mintage limit is 2,000 collections. The coin is minted under agreement between INCM and the Central Bank of Timor-Leste.

(news by Antonio Barrena)

Diameter: 23.75 mm
Weight: 14.00 g
Mintage: 2,000
Artist: Baiba Sîme

LINK: Portugal Mint

Sunday, December 16, 2012

United Kingdom 2 pounds 2013 - Guinea

New circulating type:

"350th Anniversary of the Guinea"

(news and image by Pabitra Saha, Jo Hoogeveen and Serhiy Dzhyshkariani)

LINK: British Royal Mint

Friday, December 14, 2012

United Kingdom 2 pounds 2013 - London Underground

New circulating types:

"150th Anniversary of the London Underground"

(news and images by Pabitra Saha, Jo Hoogeveen and Serhiy Dzhyshkariani)

LINK: British Royal Mint

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gibraltar 50 pence 2012 - Christmas

New circulating type:

Fiji 2012 - New coin types

The new Fiji coin types will be released for circulation by january 2013. They are very nice fauna designs, no longer bearing the Queen's portrait. The coins have been manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint, thus, I'm sure that their quality must be absolutely great:

(news by Pabitra Saha)
(images by Malcolm from

LINK: Official PDF leaflet

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monaco 10 euro 2012 - Honoré II

New silver commemorative:

(information and image by Pabitra Saha)

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 1 dollar 2011

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba were part of the Netherlands Antilles until the country's dissolution on 10 October 2010, when the islands became special municipalities within the country of the Netherlands.

Since January 1, 2011, the U.S. dollar has been the official currency, replacing the Netherlands Antillian Guilder.

This coin is a legal tender 1 dollar 2011 coin issued by the Royal Dutch Mint. The coin comes with a box and certificate of Authenticity.

(info and image by Shamik Biswas and Egon Conti Rossini)

Composition: Brass
Diameter: 26.00 mm
Weight: 9.00 g

Monday, December 10, 2012

Denmark 20 krone 2012 - Fishing Vessel

New circulating commemorative:

"SHIPS: Fishing Vessel"

(news by Taigawirbel)

LINK: Denmark National Bank
LINK: Danish Royal Mint

Composition: Aluminium Bronze, 92%Cu6%Al2%Ni
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Thickness: 2.35 mm
Weight: 9.30 g
Edge: rim with interrupted milling

Iran 2000 rials 2012 (SH1391)

New commemorative:

"Iran's Scenery on 2026 (1404 SH) Master Plan"

(news and image from Ali Nasseri, Gijs Vlothuizen, Johann Siemens and Pabitra Saha)

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Peru 1 nuevo sol 2012 - Kuntur Wasi

New circulating type:

"Kuntur Wasi"

This is the 11th coin of the series "Wealth and Pride of Peru":

LINK: Peru Central Bank

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 25.50 mm
Weight: 7.32 g
Mintage 10 million

(image and information by David Velarde)

The previous coins of the series:

1. Tumi de oro (2010)
2. Sarcofagos de Karajia (2010)
3. Estela de Raimondi (2010)
4. Chullpas de Sillustani (2011)
5. Monasterio de Santa Catalina (2011)
6. Machu Picchu (2011)
7. Gran Pajatén (2011)
8. Piedra de Saywite (2012)
9. Real Felipe Fortress (2012)
10. Templo del Sol de Vilcashuamán (2012)

Switzerland 10 francs 2013 - Silvesterchlausen

New bimetallic commemorative:


Silvesterchlausen is an impressive winter festival with pagan roots, celebrated on the new and old day of New Year's Eve in a few towns in the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden.

(news by Egon Conti Rossini)
(image from

LINK: Swiss Mint

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Latvia 1 lats 2012 - Christmas Bells

New circulating commemorative:

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Edge: inscriptions
Mint: Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Artists: Holgers Elers (graphic design) and Laura Medne (plaster model)

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen, Pabitra Saha and Taigawirbel)

LINK: Bank of Latvia 1 lats pieces

United Kingdom 1 pound 2013 - England & Wales floral types

New circulating types:

"England & Wales new floral designs"

Depicting pairs of floral emblems, it is the first floral series since the 1984 floral series started, which was a bestseller. The 2013 coins show the rose and the oak to represent England with the leek and the daffodil for Wales. Coins representing Northern Ireland and Scotland will be released in 2014 to complete the quartet.

(news and images by Pabitra Saha)

Material: Nickel-Brass
Weight: 9.50 g
Diameter: 22.50 mm
Designers: Timothy Noad and Ian Rank-Broadley

LINK: British Royal Mint

Monday, December 03, 2012

Belarus 1 & 10 roubles 2012 - Belarusian Railways

New CuNi and silver collector issues:

"150th Anniversary of the Belarusian Railways"

The silver item:

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 20.00 g
Diameter: 37.00 mm
Mintage: 2,000
Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 16.81 g
Diameter: 37.00 mm
Mintage: 4,000
Mint: Kazakhstan Mint
Designer: Svetlana Zaskevich

(news by Antony and Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus