Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2013 - Olha Kobylianska

New low mintage commemorative:

'150th anniversary of the Birth of Olha Kobylianska'

Olha Yulianivna Kobylianska (1863-1942) was a Ukrainian modernist writer and feminist. Her writings were influenced by George Sand and Friedrich Nietzsche. She was interested in the Ukrainian peasantry, and often wrote about the lives of these people. She depicted the struggle between good and evil and the mystical force of nature, predestination, magic, and the irrational in many of her stories of peasant life. Her works are known for their impressionistic, lyrical descriptions of nature and subtle psychological portrayals.



(news and image from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)
(biographical information taken from Wikipedia)

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Mintage: 20 000


LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Morocco 25 dirhams 2012 - Moroccoan Mint

New bimetallic commemorative:

'25th Anniversary of the Moroccoan Mint'



(news and coin image by Egon Conti)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Netherlands Antilles 5 gulden 2013 - Colour flags

New circulating commemoratives:

These two 5 gulden coins have been released in base metal. They are exactly the same, but bear the small coloured flags of Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

This 2013 year is supposed to be the last for Netherlands Antilles coinage, which will be replaced by the Caribbean guilder, the proposed currency of the Caribbean countries of Curaçao and Sint Maarten.



(news and images by Jo Hoogeveen)

Germany 10 euro 2013 - Georg Büchner

New CuNi and silver commemoratives:

"200 years of the Birth of Georg Büchner"

Karl Georg Büchner (1813-1837) was a German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose. It is widely believed that, if it were not for his early death, he might have joined such central German literary figures as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.



(news from Jo Hoogeveen)
(CuNi image and biographical data from Wikipedia)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Russia 10 roubles 2013 - Bryansk

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of military glory: Bryansk"



(information by Taigawirbel)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2013 - Nestor Makhno

New low mintage commemorative:

'Outstanding Personalities of Ukraine: Nestor Makhno'

Nestor Ivanovych Makhno (1888-1934) was a Ukrainian anarcho-communist revolutionary and the commander of an independent anarchist army in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War. He is also credited as the inventor of the tachanka, a horse-drawn platform mounting a heavy machine gun.



(news and image from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)
(biographical information taken from Wikipedia)

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Mintage: 30 000


LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hungary 3000 forint 2013 - Brazil FIFA World Cup

New silver commemorative:

"Brazil FIFA World Cup in 2014"



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 12.50 g
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Mintage: 5,000
Artist: Áron Bohus


(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Central Bank of Hungary

Thursday, October 24, 2013

United Kingdom 50 pence 2013 - Benjamin Britten

New circulating commemorative:

"Centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten"



Edward Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. Born in Suffolk, he showed talent from an early age. He was a central figure of 20th century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces.

(news and image by Serhiy Dzhyshkariani)
(biographical data taken from Wikipedia)

LINK: British Royal Mint

Vatican 2 euros 2013 - World Youth Day

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"28th World Youth Day - Rio de Janeiro"



(news by Pabitra Saha)

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


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Aruba 5 florin 2013 - Colour flag

New circulating commemorative:



(news and image by Jo Hoogeveen)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Turkey 50 lira 2013 - Turkish Airlines

New commemorative:

'80th Anniversary of the Turkish Airlines'



(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Gibraltar 3 pounds 2013 - Treaty of Utrecht

New legal tender commemorative:

'300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht'



(news and image by Serhiy Dzhyskariani)

Ukraine 5 hryvnia 2013 - Liberation of Melitopol

New CuNi commemorative:

"70th anniversary of the Liberation of Melitopol from the Nazi Invaders"



(news from Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Monday, October 21, 2013

Finland 2 euros 2013 - Frans Eemil Sillanpää

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

Frans Eemil Sillanpää

This special coin features Sillanpää wearing his characteristic skullcap. It is the same image used on Mint of Finland's silver commemorative coin launched in tribute to Sillanpää in January.



LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

SPECIFICATIONS
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: 1 million


Russia 10 roubles 2013 - Volokolamsk

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of military glory: Volokolamsk"



(information by Taigawirbel and Dmitry Petrov)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ukraine 2 hryvnia 2013 - 150 years of the National Philharmonic

New low mintage commemorative:

'150 years of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine'



(news and image from Gijs Vlothuizen)

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNiZn
Weight: 12.80 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Mintage: 20 000
Artist: Volodymyr Atamanchuk


LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Russia 10 roubles 2013 - Republic of Dagestan

New circulating bimetallic commemorative:

"Russian Regions: Republic of Dagestan"



(information by Taigawirbel and Dmitry Petrov)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2013 - International Space Station

New commemorative:

'International Space Station'



(news by Gijs Vlothuizen and Taigawirbel)

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.17 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 100 000


LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Russia 25 roubles 2014 - Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch

New circulating commemorative:

'The torch of the Sochi Olympics Games 2014'



(news by Taigawirbel and Dmitry Petrov)

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Edge: corrugated
Mintage: 20 000 000


LINK: Bank of Russia
LINK: Sochi 2014

Nagorno Karabakh 2013 - New fauna 'fantasy' set

New fauna set in 2013:



The common sides:



The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a republic in the South Caucasus recognised only by three other non-UN states (Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria). Recognised as part of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh controls most of the territory of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast and some of the surrounding area, giving it a border with Armenia to the west and Iran to the south.

The predominantly Armenian-populated region of Nagorno-Karabakh was disputed by Armenia and Azerbaijan when both countries became independent in 1918. After the Soviet Union established control over the area, it created the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast within the Azerbaijan SSR in 1923. In the final years of the Soviet Union, the region re-emerged as a source of dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In 1991, a referendum held in the NKAO and the neighbouring Shahumian region resulted in a declaration of independence. Large-scale ethnic conflict led to the 1991-1994 Nagorno-Karabakh War, which ended with a ceasefire that left the current borders.

The Nagorno-Karabakh dram is a monetary unit of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Although it is legal tender, it is not as widely used as the Armenian dram. The set of coins from 2004 is included in Krause catalogue, with codes from KM#6 to KM#12. Also, some precious metal collectors coins are listed.

We still need some extra information: who minted this set? is it legal tender also? will these seven coins be included in Krause catalogue like new KM types? Every answer I have received by email makes me think that they are only fantasy pieces!!.

News from Gijs Vlothuizen: I asked the seller of the 2004 set about this 2013 set, and he said "These 2013 Nagorno Karabakh Coins are fake to the best of our knowledge. We checked with the issuing authority that assisted us and they have no knowledge and did not approve the design."

(news and image by Jo Hoogeveen)
(information taken from Wikipedia)

Bulgaria 2 leva 2013 - Zlatyu Boyadzhiev

New collector's issue:

'110 Years since the Birth of Zlatyu Boyadzhiev'

Zlatio Georgiev Boiadjiev (1903-1976) was a Bulgarian painter, known for his portraits and landscapes, depicting mainly the Old Town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city.

Born in the village of Brezovo, Boiadjiev graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1932. His work is generally divided into two main periods: until 1951, when he suffered a stroke and temporarily gave up painting, and from the time of his partial recovery a few years later until his death in 1976. After the stroke, he worked with his left hand and in a completely different manner.



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

LINK: Bulgarian National Bank

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lithuania 50 litas 2013 - Christening of Samogitia

New silver collectors issue:

'600th Anniversary of the Christening of Samogitia'

Samogitia is one of the five ethnic regions of Lithuania. It has a long and storied cultural history, including it's own distinct language. In 1413, the region became the last in Europe to be converted to Christianity, a significant event in the history of the European continent.



(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Lithuania

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver Ag 925
Quality: proof
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Mintage: 3,000


Kazakhstan 100 tenge 2013 - AIBA World Boxing Championship

New silver commemorative:

'AIBA World Boxing Championship at Almaty'



(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan
LINK: AIBA - International Boxing Association

Saturday, October 12, 2013

East India Company 1/12 anna 1835 & 1848

Sorry, I know this is no new type, but I need help and opinions!

While I was sorting my Indian coins, I found these two pieces that Krause lists under same catalog number KM#445. How can that be possible? if you check carefully you will find tons of differences!

Do you have info of any other specialized catalogs and the way they classify them?



(scans from my own collection)

LINK: East India Company coinage at Chiefa Coins

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ukraine 50 kopiyka 2013 - Steel type

On 1 October 2013, new 50 kopiyka coins made of low-carbon steel with galvanized coverage of aluminium-bronze entered into circulation. Until then, the coins were struck on the planchets made from an aluminum-bronze alloy.



(news from ciscoins)
(image from Numizmat_UA)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Panama 50 centesimos 2013 - Discovery of the Great South Sea

New circulating commemorative:

This is the 4th coin of the series of 10 coins 'Old Panama':

"500 years of the Discovery of the Great South Sea (later known as Pacific Ocean) by Vasco Núñez de Balboa"



(image and news byPabitra Saha)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Denmark 20 and 500 krone 2013 - Danish scientists

New circulating and silver commemoratives:

'Scientific theories developed by Danish scientists'

To mark the centenary of the publication of Niels Bohr's atomic theory, Danmarks Nationalbank has issued a new series of coins with scientific theories developed by Danish scientists as their common theme.

The series comprises four coins. All in two versions, CuAlNi 20 kroner (in both circulation and proof finish) and silver 500 kroner:

Niels Bohr's atomic model showing the orbit of the electrons around the nucleus (1913):



Hans Christian Ørsted's experiment demonstrating electromagnetism (1820):



Ole Rømer's diagram describing the speed of light (1675):



Tycho Brahe's constellation Cassiopeia accentuating the star Stella Nova (1572):



The common face of the four coins:



(news by Taigawirbel, Egon Conti and Jo Hoogeveen)
(images and data from Danmarks Nationalbank)

LINK: Denmark National Bank
LINK: Danish Royal Mint

Estonia 7 euros 2013 - Raimond Valgre's birth centenary

New silver commemorative:

'Centenary of the birth of Raimond Valgre'

Raimond Valgre, born Raimond Tiisel (1913-1949) was an Estonian composer and musician, whose songs have become some of the most well known in Estonia. During World War II, he was a member of the orchestra of the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps of the Red Army and, as a result of his service on the Eastern Front he became an alcoholic after the war. His music was banned in 1948 by the Soviet authorities. Raimond Valgre died in an accident on 31 December 1949.



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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Iran 5000 rials 2013 (SH1392)

New commemorative:



(news by Wolfgang Schuster)

Luxembourg 2 euro 2013 - National Anthem

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'National Anthem: Ons Heemecht (Our Homeland)'



(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

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


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Netherlands 2 euros 2013 - 200 years of the Kingdom

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'200 years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands'



(news by Gijs Vlothuizen)

SPECIFICATIONS
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: 3.5 million


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Solomon Islands 2008 & 2010 varieties

Let me show here some varieties I found in my collection for Solomon Islands coinage before the recent and new 2012 coin family.

Starting with the 10 cents, we can see that the 2010 (does a 2008 exist also?) type has a different typography than 2005 (KM#27a):



Exactly the same happens with the 20 cents 2008 and 2010. Both have a different typography than 2005 (KM#28):



For the 50 cents, we can see also the different typography in 2008 (I wonder if there is also a 2010 issue). Besides, this denomination has now a magnetic core, it's not CuNi like 2005 (KM#29):



And finally, the 1 dollar coin, once again we find the different typography in 2008 (is there a 2010 issue?). And it too has a magnetic core, so not CuNi like 2005 (KM#72):



Any confirmation about the smallest denominations (1, 2 and 5 cents) for years after 2005 and before 2012 would be great! (my latest Krause just lists 1 cent 2010 and 2 cents 2006)

Updates from Antoine Clerc:
1 cent 2010 also has the narrow lettering of the other 2008 and 2010 denominations.
2 cents 2006 has two interesting mint marks (meaning?). See them both in Antoine's PDF.

(news from Antoine Clerc and Wolfgang Schuster)
(scans from my own collection)

Finland 5 euros 2013 - Provincial Buildings: Tavastia & Ostrobothnia

New bimetallic commemoratives:

"Tavastia and Ostrobothnia"



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


(news and image from Pabitra Saha)

Link: Mint of Finland

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ukraine 5 & 10 hryvnia 2013 - Liberation of Donbass

New CuNi and silver commemoratives:

"70 years of the liberation of Donbass from the Nazis"



(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: National Bank of Ukraine

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - Mentally Handicapped

New circulating commemorative:

'50th anniversary of the Polish Society for the Mentally Handicapped'



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


LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Poland 2 zlotys 2013 - European Bison

New circulating commemorative:

'Animals of the World – European Bison'



SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1 million


LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

Kazakhstan 5 & 20 tenge 2013 - Magnetic core

The 5 and 20 tenge 2013 denominations have magnetic core, like we reported for 1 and 10 tenge. They are new KM types then:



So, right now only the 2 and 50 tenges 2013 still need to be confirmed to be magnetic core (or not).

(news by Gijs Vlothuizen and ciscoins)