'150th anniversary of the birth of Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis'
Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis (1863-1933) was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems, and many more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after his fortieth birthday. He is considered a key artist in the revival and recognition of Greek poetry both at home and abroad.
(news and image from Pabitra Saha)
(biographical data from Wikipedia)
'Outstanding Personalities of Ukraine: Mykola Amosov'
Nikolai (Mykola) Amosov (1913-2002) was a Ukrainian doctor, heart surgeon, inventor, best-selling author, and exercise enthusiast, known for his inventions of several surgical procedures for treating heart defects.
(news from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)
Weight: 15.55 g
Diameter: 33.00 mm
'100th Anniversary of the First Canadian Arctic Expedition'
The first coin was designed by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross. The coin depicts the Canadian Arctic Expedition, a group of three men aboard a dogsled, the waiting dog team before them listening for the command to move on across the Arctic tundra. The skyline and horizon in the background are filled with a stylized image of a compass.
Designed by renowned Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak, this second coin includes a beautifully detailed design that combines animal and human imagery. A traditional whaling boat and three kayaks wrap around the image along the rim to depict a traditional bowhead whale hunt. Two beluga whales swim alongside a bowhead whale – animals that have long been a source of inspiration to the artist. The bowhead is adorned with several elements drawn from the Inuit culture. To honour the Tuniit people who first crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia, Dorset ivory masks adorn the bowhead's lower jaw and its back. A Thule ivory comb lies across the top of the whale's head, representing the Inuit expansion across Canada. The pattern on the whale's side mimics the walls of an igloo, while the amauti design that graces the whale's tale symbolizes the clothing worn by Inuit women.
As my friends Dan and Pabitra told me, there are 2 varieties of these 2 types, depending on the frosted features of the coins (please read Dan's commnents):
(news by Dan McIntyre and Pabitra Saha)
(frosted variations image from www.numicanada.com/)
Coinciding with the celebration of the 43rd National Day, the Central Bank of Oman has issued a silver commemorative coin depicting a resemblance of the Umayyad Dirham, which was minted in Oman in 81H.
The Umayyad Dirham:
(news from Pabitra Saha)
Composition: 0.999 silver
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
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!!
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
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)
'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)