Friday, November 29, 2013

United Kingdom 2014 new types

New circulating commemoratives:

"50 pence Glasgow Commonwealth Games"

"1 pound Floral type Scotland"

"1 pound Floral type Northern Ireland"

"2 pounds 500th Anniversary of Trinity House"

"2 pounds 100th Anniversary of the First World War - Outbreak"

LINK: British Royal Mint

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Malta 10 euro 2013 - Sir Paul Boffa

New silver commemorative:

'Sir Paul Boffa'

(news and image from

Composition: 0.925 silver
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Mintage: 2,500
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Designer: Noel Galea Bason

LINK: Central Bank of Malta

Angola 2012 - Unknown copper-colour set

My friend Wolfgang Schuster sent me this image of a different set from Angola 2012. Discussion is open, as we don't know whether they are real circulating ones, trials, or just fakes. Even could be a normal set that someone has electroplated with copper:

(images from Wolfgang Schuster)

Help needed: If you have also seen them or have any further information, please post a comment!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Morocco 250 dirhams 2012 - Rabat in UNESCO World Heritage List

New silver commemorative:

'Rabat enters UNESCO World Heritage List'

(news and image by Egon Conti)

Morocco 250 dirhams 2013 - 14 Years of Mohammed VI's Enthronement

New silver commemorative:

'14 Years of Mohammed VI's Enthronement'

(news and image by Egon Conti and Pabitra Saha)

Armenia 1000 drams 2013 - 20 Years of National Currency

New silver collectors issues:

'20 Years of Armenian National Currency'

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Central Bank of Armenia

Cyprus 5 & 20 euro 2013 - Central Bank Golden Jubilee

New silver and gold collectors issues:

'Central Bank of Cyprus Golden Jubilee'

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Central Bank of Cyprus

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2013 - Boris Dmitrievich Grinchenko

New low mintage commemorative:

'150th anniversary of the Birth of Boris Dmitrievich Grinchenko'

(news and image from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Artist: Natalie Fandikova
Sculptor: Volodymyr Demianenko & Volodymyr Atamanchuk
Mintage: 20 000

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Thursday, November 21, 2013

India 5 & 20 rupees 2013 - Acharya Tulsi

New commemoratives:

'Birth centenary of Acharya Tulsi'

The circulating 5 rupees coin:

The non-circulating legal tender 20 rupees coin:

(news and images by Shamik Biswas)

Bulgaria 10 levs 2013 - Bachkovo Monastery

New silver collectors issue:

'Bulgarian Churches and Monasteries: Bachkovo Monastery'

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bulgarian National Bank

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Italy 2 euro 2013 - Giovanni Boccaccio

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'700th Anniversary of the Birth of Giovanni Boccaccio'

(news by Pabitra Saha and 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

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Agnieszka Osiecka

New circulating commemorative:

'History of Polish Popular Music: Agnieszka Osiecka'

(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

Friday, November 15, 2013

Latvia 1 lats 2013 - 365

New silver collectors issue:


Latvia is poised on the threshold of important change marked by its historic accession to the euro area. This 1 lats silver coin puts a symbolic full stop to the era of the renewed lats. This number '365' is particularly noteworthy among others, for it makes one recall the days of the year with their endless diversity of events and the flow of life.

The obverse features a circle symbolising 360 + 5 degrees, including also the time reference point. The year 2013 is placed on the circle at the top. The concentric lines within the circle represent 1 second, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 month and 1 year.

The reverse features an intricate pattern of lines which turn into circles; the diagram comprises a shiny sector resembling the form of the number 1.

Composition: Silver .925
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Weight: 16.40 g
Mint: Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands)
Artist: Paulis Liepa

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Latvia

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kazakhstan 50 and 500 tenge 2013 - Shurale

New CuNi and Silver commemorative:

'Tales of the people of Kazakhstan: Shurale'

Shurale is a mythical creature in Tatar fairy tales, the forest spirit. Usually he is described as a little creature with long fingers, long legs, beard and a small horn on his forehead. He can tickle people to death. He steals horses from the herd and rides them. You can catch Shurale if you smear the horse's back with tar. Shurale is afraid of water, so you can escape from him by jumping over the river or spring.

(news by Gijs Vlothuizen, Pabitra Saha and Taigawirbel)

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sri Lanka 2 rupees 2013 - Steel type

New circulating type:

Sri Lanka 2 rupees coins from 2013 are stainless steel, and not Nickel clad steel like the earlier ones (KM#147a). Further reading about the new coins and Mints making them: HERE.

(news and image from Pabitra Saha and Wolfgang Schuster)

LINK: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bulgaria 10 levs 2013 - Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising

New collector's issue:

'110th Anniversary of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising'

The Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising or simply the Ilinden Uprising of August 1903 was an organized revolt against the Ottoman Empire, which was prepared and carried out by the Secret Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization.

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)
(information taken from Wikipedia)

LINK: Bulgarian National Bank

Monday, November 11, 2013

Finland 10 euro 2013 - Eero Järnefelt

New silver collectors issue:

'Eero Järnefelt'

Material: Silver 925
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 25.50 g
Designer: Petri Neuvonen
Mintage: 17 000

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Off-topic: The Philippines need YOUR HELP!

Hello, please let me invite you to consider helping the Philippines after the devastating supertyphoon Yolanda:

You can check with your local NGOs to see how to donate some money.

Or you can use the Philippine Red Cross donations tool here:

Million thanks!

San Marino 5 euro 2013 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

New silver commemorative:

"50th anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy"

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

Friday, November 08, 2013

Spain 2 euro 2014 - Park Güell

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell'

Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914.

The entrance to the park:

The famous lizard:

(news by Pabitra Saha)
(information from Wikipedia)

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

Cambodia 3,000 riels 2013 - Diplomatic Relations with Japan

New silver coloured commemorative:

'60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan'

The Japan Mint will manufacture a memorial silver coin for Cambodia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Japanese agency will mint up to 10,000 pieces of the 3000 riel coins on behalf of the National Bank of Cambodia. One side of the coin depicts the Angkor Wat temple complex, while the other side shows a bilateral friendship logo.

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Ukraine 2 & 5 hryvnia 2013 - National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music

New CuNi and Silver commemoratives:

'100th Anniversary of the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music'

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Niue 2 dollars 2014 - Story of Nativity

New bullion commemoratives:

PAMP Suisse once again raises the bar with this exquisite 2014 "Gloria: The Story of Nativity" 3-coin proof silver set for Christmas. Using a unique interplay of frosted and mirrored features, and low and high relief, the original artwork of these 1 troy oz 999 fine silver coins brings to life the story of the Nativity in amazing detail. More works of art than currency, these three legal tender proof silver coins depict the three major moments in Christ's birth: The Journey to Bethlehem, The Star of Bethlehem, and The Adoration of the Magi.

In The Journey to Bethlehem, Joseph is shown leading the donkey carrying the pregnant Mary as they travel to Bethlehem. The technique used to strike this coin lends a three-dimensional depth of field to the scene, with tall grass in the foreground, Joseph and Mary in the center, and trees and sheep in the background.

In The Star of Bethlehem, two shepherds in the mountains above Bethlehem gaze in wonder at the beacon of Christ's birth shining above the nearby town. The sheep in the foreground, the rocky outcropping the younger shepherd climbs to get a better view, and the clothing of the shepherds themselves look almost photographic in their detail.

In The Adoration of the Magi, the Three Kings kneel before a radiant Mary holding the Christ Child, offering gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The ramshackle stable frames the scene, with the starry night in the background.

These three 40mm proof silver coins come in a beautiful white presentation case with sky blue interior. The included illustrative booklet also serves as Certificate of Authenticity for this set, which is limited to 4,000 world-wide.

There has never been a silver Nativity coin set with the awe-inspiring detail of this one. The "Gloria: The Story of Nativity" proof silver coin set is sure to become a treasured heirloom and beautiful family Christmas memory.

(news from Gainesville Coins)

LINK: Gainesville Coins

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Hipolit Cegielski

New circulating commemorative:

'200th Anniversary of the Birth of Hipolit Cegielski'

(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

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Mexico 20 pesos 2013 - Belisario Domínguez Palencia

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'150 years of the birth and 100 years of the death of Belisario Domínguez Palencia'

Belisario Domínguez Palencia (1863-1913) was a Mexican physician and liberal politician. He served as senator and gave a memorable speech in the Congress against the dictator Victoriano Huerta, for which he was murdered.

LINK: Banco de Mexico

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Isle of Man 50 pence 2013 - Christmas

New commemorative:

(information and image by Andrew)

Latvia 1 lats 2013 - Parity coin

New circulating commemorative:

On november 6th the Bank of Latvia will issue a new special 1 lats circulation coin, the Parity Coin, featuring the exchange rate of the lats to the euro on the reverse. This coin will be put into circulation like any other circulation money. It will be legal tender until the end of the year, to afterwards serve as a tangible proof, preserved in metal, of the exchange rate at the moment of the euro adoption.

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Edge: inscriptions
Mint: Münze Österreich (Austria)
Artists: Ilmars Blumbergs (graphic design) and Janis Strupulis (plaster model)

(news from Andrejs Pimejenko)

LINK: Bank of Latvia

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2013 - Kostanay, Taldykorgan & Taraz

New circulating commemoratives:

'Towns of Kazakhstan: Kostanay, Taldykorgan & Taraz'

(news by Gijs Vlothuizen and Taigawirbel)

Weight: 4.71 g
Diameter: 23.00 mm
Mintage: 50,000

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

Monday, November 04, 2013

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2013 - Battle of the Dnieper

New CuNi commemorative:

"Battle of the Dnieper - 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Kiev from the Nazis"

(news and image from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Friday, November 01, 2013

USA 2014 - Native American dollar

New circulating commemorative:

'Native Hospitality Ensured the Success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition'

LINK: The United States Mint

(information by Jo Hoogeveen)

Alloy: Nordic gold
Weight: 8.10 g
Diameter: 26.50 mm
Reverse Designer: Chris Costello
Engraver: Joseph Menna

Netherlands 2014 - New King euro designs

The design for the new Dutch euros is ready. They will show the portrait of their new king 'Willem-Alexander':

(images from
(news by Gijs Vlothuizen, Pabitra Saha and Frans Dubois)