Thursday, February 27, 2014

India 1 rupee 2011 "Rupee" symbol variety

Information from Ashwin Lobo: The "Rupee" symbol of the 2011 is smaller and styled significantly differently from other years. Both varieties may exist for 2011. I have noticed this on the R1 for the moment, but probably exists for the other denominations as well:

Closer detail of the "Rupee" symbol in both coins:

Comments and extra reports are welcome!!!!

Poland 10 zlotys 2014 - Boleslaw III Wrymouth

New silver commemorative:

'History of Polish coins: Denarius of Boleslaw III Wrymouth'

Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 14.14 g
Diameter: 32.00 mm
Mintage: 20 000

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Portugal 2 euro 2014 - Carnation Revolution

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'40th Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution'

To be be released in april 2014.

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: 500 000
Artists: Luc Luycx and José Teixeira

LINK: Portugal Mint

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2014 - Eugene S. Bereznyak

New low mintage commemorative:

'Eugene S. Bereznyak'

(news from Taigawirbel)

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Artist: Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk, Serhii Kharuk
Sculptor: Roman Chaikovskyi, Volodymyr Atamanchuk
Mintage: 20 000

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Monday, February 24, 2014

Portugal 2,5 euro 2014 - Marcos Portugal

New CuNi commemorative:

'European musicians programme: Marcos Portugal'

Marcos António da Fonseca Portugal (1762–1830) was a Portuguese classical composer (over 70 dramatic works, including 40 operas, and more than 140 sacred works), who achieved great international fame for his operas in Italian.

To be be released in march 2014.

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 10.00 g
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Mintage: 100 000
Artist: Paula Lourenço

LINK: Portugal Mint

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Slovakia 2 euro 2014 - Slovakian Membership in EU

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'10 Years of Slovakian Membership in EU'

(news and image by 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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

USA 1 dollar 2014 - Native American real image

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

LINK: The United States Mint

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

Germany 10 euro 2014 - Hansel and Gretel

New CuNi and silver commemoratives:

'Tales of the Brothers Grimm: Hansel and Gretel'

(news from Jo Hoogeveen)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Zimbabwe 5 dollars 2003 - Plain edge variety

The Zimbabwe 5 dollars from years 2001 and 2002 (KM#13) have a reeded edge and are quite easy to find:

My friend Wolfgang Schuster has reported that year 2003 issue (which is very scarce) has a plain edge, so should be considered a subtype, and not KM#13 like 2013 Krause edition says:

Belarus 1 & 20 roubles 2013 - Slutsk belts

New CuNi and Silver commemoratives:

'Slutsk belts'

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 19.50 g
Diameter: 37.00 mm
Mintage: 7,000
Mint: Lithuanian Mint
Artist: Svetlana Nekrasova

Silver 20 roubles coins are available also, with very nice coloured finish:

And here is the artist, Svetlana Nekrasova, holding her latest artworks:

(news and images from Gijs Vlothuizen)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2014 - Battle of Korsun-Shevchenkovski

New low mintage commemorative:

'70th anniversary of the Battle of Korsun-Shevchenkovski'

(news from Taigawirbel and Pabitra Saha)

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

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Monday, February 17, 2014

Norway 20 krone 2014 - Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution

New circulating commemorative:

'Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution'

Diameter: 27.50 mm
Thickness: 2.20 mm
Weight: 9.90 g
Alloy: CuZnNi
Edge: Plain

A commemorative silver coin of 200 krone is available also.

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Norges Bank

Malta 10 euro 2014 - Charles Camilleri

New silver commemorative:

'European musicians programme: Charles Camilleri'

(news and image from

Composition: 0.925 silver
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Mintage: 5,000
Designer: Noel Galea Bason

LINK: Central Bank of Malta

Nepal 1000 rupees 2013 - Diamond Jubilee of the National Museum

New silver commemorative:

'Diamond Jubilee of the National Museum'

(information and image from Gijs Vlothuizen, Pabitra Saha and Shamik Biswas)

Composition: Silver
Weight: 10.10 g
Diameter: 29.20 mm

LINK: Central Bank of Nepal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Australia 1 dollar 2014 - ANZAC Centenary

New circulating commemorative:

'ANZAC Centenary'

ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps which started its World War I campaign in Gallipoli in 1915.

(news by Michel Guerin, Rupert Reiter and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Nepal 50 rupees 2012 - Diamond Jubilee of Nepal Scouts

New CuNi commemorative:

'Diamond Jubilee of Nepal Scouts'

The coin shows Baden Powell peak, named after founder of Scouts movement, Robert Baden-Powell:

This peak is on the border with China about a hundred miles west of Mount Everest. As part of the Scouting 2007 Centenary, the Government of Nepal renamed Urkema Peak to Baden-Powell Scout Peak, to commemorate 100 years of Scouting in honor of British soldier Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the World Scouting movement. They also released this nice stamp to celebrate it:

(news and image from Pabitra Saha, Gijs Vlothuizen and Shamik Biswas)

LINK: Europa CEPT Stamps: 100 years Scouting

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia 50 halala 2010 - Different calligraphy

New circulating type:

The 50 halala from year AH1431(2010) has a different calligraphy for 'khamsun halala’ (fifty halala) than that from year AH1428(2007) (KM#68 and Schön#53), so it should be cataloged as different type.

The Arabic inscription 'khamsun halala’ (fifty halala) comes in 2 different forms, regarding its calligraphy:

a) 1428H: the 'n' in khamsun is positioned above the u, and there are no diacritical marks below 'halala'

b) 1431H (and also 1434H & 1436H): the 'n' in khamsun is positioned left of the u, and diacritical marks are added below 'halala'

(information and image by Wolfgang Schuster)

Brazil 2014 - FIFA World Football Championship

New commemoratives:

'2014 FIFA World Football Championship'

The Banco Central do Brasil has released six CuNi coins showing different football actions, with a face value of 2 reals:

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 10.17 g
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Max. Mintage: 20,000

Two silver coins are also available, with a face value of 5 reals:

Composition: Silver 925/1000
Weight: 27.00 g
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Max. Mintage: 20,000

And a golden 10 reals issue was released also:

Composition: Gold 900/1000
Weight: 4.40 g
Diameter: 16.00 mm
Max. Mintage: 5,000

(news from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Banco Central do Brasil

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Romania 10 lei 2014 - Romanian Olympic Committee

New silver collectors issue:

'100 years of the Romanian Olympic Committee'

(news from Taigawirbel)

LINK: Romania National Bank

South Korea 50,000 won 2013 - Launch of Naro Rocket

New silver collectors issue:

'Successful Launch of Naro Rocket'

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Korea
LINK: Launching history at

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2014 - Liberation of Nikopol

New low mintage commemorative:

'70th anniversary of the Liberation of Nikopol from the Nazi Invaders'

(news from Taigawirbel, Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 16.54 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
Artists: Anatolii Demianenko, Svitlana Dudenko, Sviatoslav Ivanenko
Sculptors: Anatolii Demianenko, Volodymyr Atamanchuk, Sviatoslav Ivanenko
Mintage: 20 000

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2014 - XXII Olympic Winter Games

New low mintage commemorative:

'XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi'

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Artist: Maria Skoblikova & Oleksandr Kuzmin
Sculptor: Sviatoslav Ivanenko & Volodymyr Demianenko
Mintage: 15 000

A silver 10 hryvnia is available also.

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kosovo 5 ilire 2013 - 5th Anniversary of Independence

This is a proposed (but not accepted) design for a commemorative coin on the 5th Anniversary of Independence. It has been made by one private European mint and only 25 pieces exist. It is not official and not legal tender. This proof issue has a diameter of 40 mm and it's composition is silver plated zinc:

(news by Pabitra Saha)
(image from eBay seller cbm-store)

Vatican 2014 - Pope Francis euro set

The new Vatican set has been released:

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Germany 2 euro 2014 - Lower Saxony

New circulating bimetallic commemorative:

'Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)'

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

Finland 5 euro 2014 - Wilderness

New bimetallic commemorative:

'Nordic Nature series: Wilderness'

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

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Kazakhstan 500 tenge 2014 - Year of the Horse

New silver commemorative:

'Year of the Horse'

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Belgium 10 & 50 euro 2014 - Adolphe Sax

New silver and gold collectors issues:

'European Musicians: Adolphe Sax'

Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (1814-1894) was a Belgian musical instrument designer and musician who played the flute and clarinet, and is well known for having invented the saxophone.

The silver 10 euro showing young Adolphe:

The golden 50 euro showing old Adolphe:

Picture of the beautiful city of Dinant, where he was born:

This year's Belgian EUROPA CEPT stamp will also be dedicated to him, for his 200th Birth Anniversary. It will be a very nice souvenir sheet with two stamps:

(news and coin images from
(biographical information by Wikipedia)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Kenya 50 shillings 2013 - 50th anniversary of Independence

New collectors issues:

'50th anniversary of Independence'

Three coins have been minted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kenya Independence. All three with same design and size. The only difference is composition and weight. They are gold plated nickel, gold plated silver and pure gold:

LINK: Central Bank of Kenya

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Belgium 2014 - New King euro designs

The design for the new Belgium euros is ready, and they are already being minted:

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Poland 2 zlotys 2014 - Polish konik horse

New circulating commemorative:

'Animals of the World: Polish konik horse'

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

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Canada 2014 - Special sets' commemorative dollars

These five dollar coins are released only in special sets or folders, but are legal tender and will all have their unique numismatic catalog number:

LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Tunisia 50 millim 2013 - Magnetic

New circulating type:

While previous items (KM308) were made of brass, this 2013 issue has a steel core and is magnetic.

(information by José Luis García Caballero)
(image from eBay seller ns1114)