Friday, June 28, 2013

Russia 10 roubles 2013 - Pskov

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of military glory: Pskov"

(information by Taigawirbel)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Hungary 5000 forint 2013 - Sándor Weöres

New silver commemorative:

"European writers and poets series: Sándor Weöres"

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Spain 10 euro 2013 - Miguel de Cervantes

New silver commemorative:

"European writers and poets series: Miguel de Cervantes"

(news from Pabitra Saha)

Singapore 2013 - New coin family released

These new coins are already circulating in Singapore, since 26th june 2013.

This third series of coins feature images of national icons and landmarks, replacing the floral designs of current coins. The new set also has enhanced security features such as electro magnets so they can be differentiated from fakes and foreign coins.

The designs are the work of Fabian Lim, a Singaporean designer.

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Composition: brass plated outer ring and multi-ply nickel plated inner circle
Diameter: 24.65 mm
Weight: 7.62 g
Width: 2.50 mm
Edge: milled
Motif: the Merlion
Composition: multi-ply nickel plated steel
Diameter: 23.00 mm
Weight: 6.56 g
Width: 2.45 mm
Edge: micro-scalloped
Motif: Port of Singapore
Composition: multi-ply nickel plated steel
Diameter: 21.00 mm
Weight: 3.85 g
Width: 1.72 mm
Edge: milled
Motif: Changi Airport
Composition: multi-ply nickel plated steel
Diameter: 18.50 mm
Weight: 2.36 g
Width: 1.38 mm
Edge: interrupted-milled
Motif: public housing
Composition: multi-ply brass plated steel
Diameter: 16.75 mm
Weight: 1.70 g
Width: 1.22 mm
Edge: plain
Motif: the Esplanade

LINK: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lithuania 1 litas 2013 - Presidency of the Council of the European Union

New circulating commemorative:

"Lithuania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union"

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Lithuania

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 22.30 mm
Weight: 6.25 g
Mintage: 100,000
Artist: Rytas Jonas Belevicius
Mint: UAB Lithuanian Mint

Off-topic: Android app for collectors of Canadian coins

A very interesting Android app for collectors of Canadian coins has been developed by our friends from

You can manage your personal collection, your trade list and your wish list:

You can view the details of almost 700 coins starting from the XIX century till present (mint, mintage, material, weight, diameter, catalog prices, images and so on):

You can access the Market Price extra option which lets you see the real value of a coin (based on sold items):

You can download the app from:

Other countries to follow. Until now, we have apps for Canada, Denmark, Romania and Hungary.

We would be glad to receive feedback from you so we can develop the app to be better for us, the collectors.

Isle of Man 5 & 10 pence 2013 - Magnetic core

As happened with the UK 2011 and Guernsey 2012 items, these Isle of Man denominations have now magnetic core, so, they are probably CuNi plated steel:

(news and image by Andrew G)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Qatar 5 & 10 dirhams 2012 - Magnetic types

New circulating types:

5 & 10 dirhams 2012 copper clad steel (magnetic):

(images and information by Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: Qatar Central Bank

Canada 25 cents 2013 - Laura Secord

New commemorative quarter:

"Laura Secord"

Two versions are available, normal and with leaf colured.

(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

Saturday, June 22, 2013

India 5 rupees 2012 - Motilal Nehru

New circulating commemorative:

"150th anniversary of the birth of Motilal Nehru"

(image by Pabitra Saha)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Australia 1 dollar 2013 - Black Caviar Race Horse

New commemorative:

"Black Caviar Race Horse"

This coin commemorates the outstanding career of one of history's most successful race horses. With an astonishing record of starts and wins in both Australia and England since her debut, Black Caviar has become popularly known as one of the greatest sprinters in the world of thoroughbred racing.

The normal type (not coloured):

(news and images by Peter Kaminsky)

Composition: Al-Bronze
Weight: 9.00 g
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Edge: plain/reeded
Designer: Tony Dean

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Swaziland 20 cents 2011 - Smaller type

New circulating type:

It seems there were problems with parking machines, where the last Swaziland 20 cents 2011 fitted and was used instead of same size older and higher denomination coins. Consequence was a new strike of this denomination in same metal, but considerably smaller size, also from South African Mint, also with date 2011.

(news and scan from Wolfgang Schuster)

Tristan Da Cunha 1 crown 2012 - Today's Heroes

Three new commemoratives:

"Celebrating Today's Heroes: Air, Sea and Land"

Composition: golden plated CuNi (not confirmed)
Weight: 20.20 g
Diameter: 38.80 mm

(information and scans from Gijs Vlothuizen)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2013 - Maternity

New silver commemorative:


Composition: Silver 925
Weight: 15.55 g
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Mintage: 10 000
Designer: Nataliia Fandikova
Engravers: Anatolii Demianenko and Sviatoslav Ivanenko

(information from

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cape Verde 200 escudos 2008 - World Trade Organization

New CuNi and Silver commemoratives:

"Cape Verde joining the World Trade Organization"

(news and image by Wolfgang Schuster)

Canada 2 dollars 2013 - Black Bear Cubs

New bimetallic commemorative:

Ring composition: Nickel
Center composition: CuAlNi
Weight: 7.30 g
Diameter: 28.03 mm
Edge: interrupted serrations
Mintage: 17,500
Artist: Glen Loates

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Australia 2 dollars 2013 - Coronation coloured coin

New commemorative coin:

To honour the 60th anniversary of this momentous event that began one of the longest reigns in British history, the Royal Australian Mint has released a commemorative $2 colour printed 'C' mintmark uncirculated coin with the same design as the circulating coin.

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 6.60 g
Diameter: 20.62 mm

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Romania 1 leu 2013 - Academy of Economic Studies

New collectors issue:

"100 years of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies"

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Romania National Bank

Monday, June 17, 2013

Somalia 2013 - New coin set

The Commonwealth Mint, under their contract until 2016 to mint coins for Somalia (signed with the Transitional Federal Governtment of Somalia, and with the approval of the Central bank of Somalia), has released this Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) set.

In my opinion, this is a very nice fauna set:

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Switzerland 20 francs 2013 - Swiss Fighting

New silver commemorative:

"Swiss Fighting"

(news and scan by Egon Conti)

LINK: Swiss Mint

Friday, June 14, 2013

Belgium 10 & 50 euro 2013 - Hugo Claus

New silver and gold collectors issues:

"European Writers: Hugo Claus"

(news and images from

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Finland 20 euro 2013 - Multicultural society

New silver collectors issue:

"Multicultural society"

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Material: Silver 925
Designer: Hannu Veijalainen
Mintage: 15 000

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Falkland Islands 1 crown 2013 - Referendum

New commemorative:


The Falkland Islands, a group of islands in the south Atlantic, is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom which has its own constitution, its own government and its own local laws. In view of recent calls by the Government of Argentina for negotiations over the Islands' sovereignty, last year the Falkland Islands Government announced its intention to hold a Referendum in order to enable Falkland Islanders to express their views on the political status of the Falkland Islands in an effort to eliminate any possible doubt about their wishes.

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Vatican 2 euro 2013 - Sede Vacante

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"Sede Vacante"

(news by Pabitra Saha)
(image by Gijs Vlothuizen)

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2013 - Hedgehog

New commemorative:

"Animals: Long-spine Hedgehog"

(news by Gijs Vlothuizen, Taigawirbel and Pabitra Saha)

Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 100 000

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Warta Poznan

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish Football Clubs: Warta Poznan"

(news by Taigawirbel and 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

Friday, June 07, 2013

Latvia 1 lats 2013 - Harp

New circulating commemorative:

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Edge: inscriptions
Mintage: 1 million
Mint: Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Artists: Anna Heinrihsone (graphic design) and Ligita Franckevica (plaster model)

(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Latvia 1 lats pieces

Greece 2 euro 2013 - Plato's Academy

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"2,400th Anniversary of the Founding of Plato's Academy"

Real image:

(news and image from

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: 750,000 pieces

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Austria 5 euro 2013 - Land of water

New copper and silver commemoratives:

"Land of water"

LINK: Austrian Mint

Netherlands 5 & 10 euro 2013 - Rietveld Schröder House

New commemoratives in silver and gold:

World Heritage sites: "Rietveld Schröder House" in Utrecht

LINK: Royal Dutch Mint
LINK: Rietveld Schröder House in Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Lithuania 25 & 50 litas 2013 - 25th anniversary of the Lithuanian Sajudis

New collectors issues:

"25th anniversary of the establishment of the Lithuanian Sajudis (Reform Movement)"

(news by Pabitra Saha and Sarunas Mortuza)

LINK: Bank of Lithuania

Composition: Cu/Al/Zn/Sn
Quality: proof
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Mintage: 25,000
Composition: Silver Ag 925
Quality: proof
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Mintage: 4,000
Artist: Rytas Jonas Belevicius

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Lithuania 50 litas 2013 - 150th Anniversary of the 1863–1864 Uprising

New silver collectors issue:

"150th Anniversary of the 1863–1864 Uprising"

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Lithuania

Composition: Silver Ag 925
Quality: proof
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Mintage: 3,000
Artist: Vidmantas Valentas and Giedrius Paulauskis

Aruba 5 & 10 florin 2013 - Willem-Alexander

New silver and gold commemoratives:

"Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange"

(news and images by Pabitra Saha)

Monday, June 03, 2013

Finland 5 euro 2013 - Summer

New bimetallic commemorative:

"Nordic Nature series: Summer"

(news and image by Jacek Stacel)

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

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland