Monday, March 31, 2014

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2014 - Zaporizhia and Kherson Oblasts

New bimetallic commemoratives:

'75 Years of the Zaporizhia Oblast'
'70 Years of the Kherson Oblast'

(news from Pabitra Saha and Taigawirbel)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Poland 2 zlotys 2014 - Jan Karski

New circulating commemorative:

'Centenary of the birth of Jan Karski'

Jan Karski (1914-2000) was a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter and later professor at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943 Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland, especially the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive Nazi extermination camps.

(news by Taigawirbel and Pabitra Saha)

Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 700 000

Silver and gold coins will be released also.

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bahrain 100 fils 2014 - Bahrain International Circuit

New circulating commemorative:

'Sakhir Tower at the Bahrain International Circuit'

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has issued a coin and silver medal celebrating the 10th anniversary the launch of the Formula 1 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Composition: Bimetallic
Weight: 6.00 g
Diameter: 24.00 mm
Mintage: 31,000

(information by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Central Bank of Bahrain

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

USA 2014 - Presidential Dollars

2014 Presidential dollars:

Warren G. Harding (29th President, 1921–1923)
Calvin Coolidge (30th President, 1923–1929)
Herbert Hoover (31st President, 1929–1933)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President, 1933–1945)

LINK: The United States Mint
LINK: USA Presidents Biographies

Weight: 8.10 g
Diameter: 26.50 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Material: three layer clad construction: pure copper sandwiched between and metallurgically bonded to outer layers of manganese brass

USA 2014 Quarters - Real images

These are the real images of the new quarters:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TENNESSEE)
Shenandoah National Park (VIRGINIA)
Arches National Park (UTAH)
Great Sand Dunes National Park (COLORADO)
Everglades National Park (FLORIDA)

LINK: The United States Mint
LINK: America the Beautiful quarters program

Weight: 5.67 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Thickness: 1.75 mm
Edge: reeded

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Russia 10 roubles 2014 - Nalchik

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of military glory: Nalchik"

(information by Taigawirbel)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Australia 5 dollars 2014 - Lest We Forget

New silver collectors' issue:

'Lest We Forget'

Composition: Silver 0.999
Weight: 22.23 g
Diameter: 33.90 mm
Finish: proof
Mintage: 10,000

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Royal Australian Mint

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Kyrgyzstan 10 Som 2013 - Great Kyrgyz Kaganat

New silver collectors' issue:

'Great Kyrgyz Kaganat'

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 28.28 g
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Mintage: 2,000

LINK: National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Poland 2 zlotys 2014 - John Paul II canonization

New circulating commemorative:

'John Paul II canonization'

(news by Taigawirbel)

Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1 600 000

Silver and gold coins will be released also.

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Italy 10 euro 2014 - Gioachino Rossini

New silver commemorative:

'European musicians programme: Gioachino Antonio Rossini'

(news and image from

LINK: Italian Mint

Italy 2 euro 2014 - Carabinieri

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'200th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Carabinieri'

(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

Monday, March 17, 2014

Aruba 5 florin 2014 - Carnival

New silver collectors issue:

'60 years of the Aruba Carnival'

Composition: Silver .925
Diameter: 38.00 mm
Weight: 25.00 g
Mintage: 1,250

(news and image by Pabitra Saha and Jacob de Mey)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Vatican euros 2014 - Pope Francis set

Here are the real and closer images of the new 'Pope Francis' euro coins:

(images by Pabitra Saha)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spain 30 euro 2014 - Doménikos Theotokópoulos 'El Greco'

New silver commemorative:

'400 years of the death of El Greco'

The coin has 4 different latent images:

Composition: Silver .925
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Weight: 18.00 g
Mintage: 2 million
Release date: 7th april

LINK: Spanish Mint

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Belarus 1 & 10 roubles 2014 - Arkadi Kuleshov

New CuNi and Silver commemoratives:

'100 years of the birth of poet Arkadi Kuleshov'

Composition: CuNi
Weight: 15.50 g
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Mintage: 4,000
Mint: Lithuanian Mint
Artist: A. Novoselov

A silver 10 roubles coin is available also.

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen and Leszek Slowinski)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Belarus 1 & 20 roubles 2013 - More Slutsk belts

Three more CuNi and Silver commemoratives 'Slutsk belts' exist, all by artist Svetlana Nekrasova:

The colourful silver 20 roubles:

(news from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Romania 1, 10 and 100 lei 2014 - Court of Accounts

The National Bank of Romania has released three new coppered tombac, silver and gold collectors' issues:

'150 years of the establishment of Romania's Court of Accounts'

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Romania

Monday, March 10, 2014

Libya 1/2 dinar 2014 - New series

The Central Bank of Libya has unveiled plans for a new half-dinar coin.

The design is similar to that of the coin in current circulation and will have silver outer edge with a golden centre. The new coin will feature a monument from the historic Roman city of Guirza, instead of the current design of a rider on a horse. It will also bear the name of the CBL in English and feature a security tag revealing a star and crescent moon when the coin tilted.

Roman city of Guirza:

(news by Pabitra Saha and Wolfgang Schuster)

LINK: Central Bank of Libya
LINK: Roman Libya in Wikipedia

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2014 - Taras Shevchenko

New low mintage commemorative:

'200th anniversary of the Birth of Taras Shevchenko'

Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (1814-1861) was a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.

(news from Taigawirbel)
(biographical info from Wikipedia)

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

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Netherlands 5 & 10 euro 2014 - 200 years of the Dutch Bank

New commemoratives in silver plated copper, silver and gold:

'200 years of the Dutch Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank)'

A silver plated copper coin of 5 euro is available in credit card version:

Also, a silver (.925) proof version is available:

And finally, a gold coin was minted, too, with a face value of 10 euro.

(news by Jo Hoogeveen)

LINK: Royal Dutch Mint

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Austria 20 euro 2014 - Cretaceous

New silver commemorative:

"Prehistoric Life: Cretaceous - Life on the ground"

LINK: Austrian Mint

North Korea 5 won 2005 varieties

Taneli Perätalo sent this image from his own collection, after discovering a very interesting variety of the aluminium North Korean 5 won 2005. Both coins have identical reverse:

Here you can see significantly different obverse designs:

(news and images from Taneli Perätalo)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Poland 1, 2 and 5 groszy 2013 - New design and composition

Poland's three smallest coins are redesigned and are now brass plated steel. Diameter, weight and edge remain exactly the same as before.

Apparently, they are now minted by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, Wales.

(news from Pabitra Saha and Taneli Perätalo)

LINK: Central Bank of Poland

Monday, March 03, 2014

Russia 10 roubles 2014 - Saratov Oblast

New circulating bimetallic commemorative:

'Russian regions: Saratov Oblast'

(news by Taneli Perätalo)

LINK: Bank of Russia

France 10 euro 2014 - Jean-Philippe Rameau

New silver commemorative:

'European musicians programme: Jean-Philippe Rameau'

A proof 50 euro gold coin is available also.

(news and image from

LINK: Monnaie de Paris

Nepal 50 rupees 2012 Year of Co-operatives - Die varieties

Two different die varieties have been reported for this type:

"International Year of Co-operatives"

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Central Bank of Nepal

Latvia 5 euro 2014 - Ainaži Nautical School

New silver collectors issue:

'150th anniversary of the Ainaži Nautical School'

(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Latvia

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Austria 5 euro 2014 - Arctic Adventure

New copper and silver commemoratives:

'Arctic Adventure'

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Austrian Mint