Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2013 - Max Voloshin's House

New commemorative:

"100th anniversary from the date of completion of Max Voloshin's House"

Maximilian Alexandrovich Kirienko-Voloshin, commonly known as Max Voloshin, was a Ukrainian poet. He was one of the significant representatives of the Symbolist movement in Russian culture and literature. He became famous as a poet and a critic of literature and arts, being published in many contemporary magazines of the early 20th century. He was known for his brilliant translations of a number of French poetic and prose works into Russian.

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 16.45 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
Mintage: 20,000
Artists: Maria Skoblikova, Alexander Kuzmin
Sculptors: Sviatoslav Ivanenko, Anatolii Demianenko

(news from Pabitra Saha)
(biographical data from Wikipedia)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Ukraine 5 & 10 hryvnia 2013 - Liberation of Kharkiv

New CuNi and silver commemoratives:

"Liberation of Kharkiv from the Fascist Invaders"

(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2013 - Nesterov's Loop

New commemorative:

"Centenary of the execution of the first Nesterov's loop"

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 16.45 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
Mintage: 30,000
Artist and sculptor: Sviatoslav Ivanenko

(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Prince Józef Poniatowski

New circulating commemorative:

'200th Anniversary of the Death of Prince Józef Poniatowski'

(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, September 25, 2013

Albania 5 leke KM#76 varieties

I received yesterday the 2011 issue of the Albanian 5 leke. I noticed some differences with previous issues, so, I decided to scan my items and show the results here:

Closer detail of the branch, where 2011 issue has no nodule:

Detail of the 'LEKE' word, where 2011 issue is a bit thinner:

Closer detail of the eagles' heads and upper lettering, where 2000 issue is a clearly different typography. Also, 2011 letters are smaller than 1995:

Detail of the years' typographies and sizes:

China 5 yuan 2013 - Harmony

New circulating commemorative:

'5 yuan 2013 Harmony'

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Morocco 250 dirhams 2013 - King's 50th Birthday

New commemorative:

'50th birthday of king Mohammed VI'

(news and coin image by Pabitra Saha)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Finland 5 euro 2013 - Provincial Buildings: Savonia & Karelia

New bimetallic commemoratives:

Savonia: showing the castle of Saint Olaf.

Karelia: showing the Imatra hydropower plant.

The real buildings:

Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g

(news by Pabitra Saha)
(coin images from

Link: Mint of Finland

Friday, September 20, 2013

Greece 2 euro 2013 - Union of Crete with Greece

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece"

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fiji 50 cents 2013 - Iliesa Delana

New circulating commemorative:

"High Jump Gold Medalist Iliesa Delana"

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Iliesa's jump cleared the bar of 1.74 m, breaking the Oceania record for the event and he became the first Fijian ever to win gold at Paralympics or Olympics level.

Only 500,000 pieces have been minted for normal circulation.

Iliesa Delana during the coin presentation:

The Fijian athlete celebrating his great jump and gold medal:

(information and coin image from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Reserve Bank of Fiji
LINK: Iliesa Delana in Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Canada 25 cents 2013 - Royal Infant Carriage

New commemorative quarter:

"Royal Infant Carriage"

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

Monday, September 16, 2013

San Marino 2 euro 2013 - Pinturicchio

New bimetallic commemorative:

"500 years of the death of Pinturicchio"

(information and image from Pabitra Saha)

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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ukraine 5 & 10 hryvnia 2013 - Vinnytsia

New CuNi and silver commemoratives:

"650th Anniversary of the First Record of the City of Vinnytsia"

(news by Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Friday, September 13, 2013

Costa Rica 10 colones 2012 - New variety

I received today a parcel from a good friend. Inside I've found a clearly new sub-type from Costa Rica. The aluminium 10 colones from 2012 has many differences with previous type from 2008, as you can see in this picture from my own collection:

Numeral "10" is smaller, as well as "COLONES" and year "2012". Legend "REPUBLICA DE COSTA RICA" has different typography. Finally, the coat of arms is quite different, too.

If you can confirm more denominations and sub-types from 2012 and 2013, I'd be happy to post here.

Austria 10 euro 2013 - Vorarlberg

New copper and silver commemoratives:

"States collection 4th coin: Vorarlberg"

(release date: october 16th)

(image and information by Wolfgang Schuster)

LINK: Austrian Mint

Austria 20 euro 2013 - Jurassic

New silver commemorative:

"Prehistoric Life: Jurassic - Life in the air"

LINK: Austrian Mint

Peru 1 nuevo sol 2013 - Paracas textile culture

New circulating type:

"Paracas textile culture"

This is the 14th 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

(news by David Velarde and Taigawirbel)

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)
11. Kuntur Wasi (2012)
12. Templo Inca Huaytará (2013)
13. Templo de Kotosh (2013)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Morocco 100 dirhams 2012 - Unesco Heritage Sites in Rabat

New bimetallic commemoratives:

1st coin: Hassan Tower & Mausoleum of Mohammed V

2nd coin: Chellah Door

3rd coin: Kasbah of the Udayas

(news and coin images by Wolfgang Schuster)

Center composition: Copper-Nickel
Ring composition: Brass-Nickel
Weight: 12.00 g
Diameter: 28.40 mm

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nepal 1000 rupees 2013 - Golden Jubilee of Nepal Red Cross Society

New commemorative in silver:

"Golden Jubilee of Nepal Red Cross Society"

(information and image from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Central Bank of Nepal
LINK: Nepal Red Cross Society

Monday, September 09, 2013

Monaco 2 euro 2013 - 20 years membership of the UN

New bimetallic commemorative:

"20 Years Membership of the United Nations"

(image from

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Witold Lutoslawski

New circulating commemorative:

Witold Lutoslawski, Polish most famous composer after Frédéric Chopin.

(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

San Marino 5 euro 2013 - Giuseppe Gioachino Belli

New silver commemorative:

"150th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Gioachino Belli"

(news and image from

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Kyrgyzstan 1 and 10 som 2013 - Saimaluu Tash

New CuNi and silver commemoratives:

"Saimaluu Tash petroglyph site in Jalal-Abad"

Copper-Nickel 1 som:

Two silver 10 som pieces are also available:

(news by Taigawirbel and Gijs Vlothuizen)

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 12.00 g
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Quality: BU
Mintage: 5,000

LINK: National Bank of Kyrgyzstan
LINK: Saimaluu Tash in Wikipedia

Kuwait 2011 & 2012 - Plated steel family

We've received news confirming these new materials for Kuwait coins:

From 2011 on, the 5 & 10 fils coins have a steel core, not Aluminium-Bronze like before (KM#10 and KM#11).

Also, from 2012 on, the 20, 50 and 100 fils are steel core too, not Copper-Nickel like previous types (KM#12, KM#13 and KM#14).

(information and image from Wolfgang Schuster and Pabitra Saha)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2013 - National Currency

New commemorative:

"20 years of National Currency"

(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

Monday, September 02, 2013

Albania 20 leke 2012 - Magnetic

New circulating type:

The 2012 item is magnetic, while previous (KM78 years 1996 and 2000) were made of brass.

(image from eBay seller lidianb)
(information by Wolfgang Schuster and Shamik Biswas)

LINK: Bank of Albania

Sri Lanka 10 rupees 2013 - Steel type

New circulating type:

(news from Pabitra Saha and Wolfgang Schuster)
(information and image from Kavan Ratnatunga)

Further info: Kavan Ratnatunga's site
LINK: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Alloy: Steel
Diameter: 26.40 mm
Thickness: 2.10 mm
Weight: 8.36 gms
Edge: 11 plain sides
Mint: Mincovna Kremnica, Slovakia