Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Romanian silver 10 lei 2009.

Silver coin commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Bishop Petru Pavel Aron
The “Holy Trinity” Cathedral in Blaj, flanked by the buildings of the theological seminary and of the community school founded by Petru Pavel Aron, the inscription “ROMANIA”, the face value of "10 LEI", the coat of arms of Romania and the year of issue, 2009; in the lower part, an image taken from an original depiction of a teacher addressing a group of students.
The portrait of Bishop Petru Pavel Aron, his coat of arms and the inscriptions “1709” and “1764”; to the left, inscribed in an arc is the legend “PETRU PAVEL ARON”.
Face Value: 10 lei;
Type of Metal: Silver 999/1000;
Weight: 31.1030 grams;
Dimension: Diameter 37 mm;
Edge: milled;
Quality: proof;
Issue volume: 500

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Russia 2010 Chekhov commemorative coins

The silver proof coin in denomination of 3 Rubles (fine metal content 31.1g, fineness 925/1000, catalogue number 5111-0191), the silver proof-like coin in denomination of 100 Rubles (fine metal content 1000g, fineness 925/1000, catalogue number 5117-0044), the gold proof coin in denomination of 50 Rubles (fine metal content 7.78g, fineness 999/1000, catalogue number 5216-0071) and the gold proof coin in denomination of 200 Rubles (fine metal content 31.1g, fineness 999/1000, catalogue number 5219-0016) are all dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of A.P. Chekhov’s Birthday and are 39.0 mm, 100.0 mm, 22.6 mm, and 33.0 mm in diameter respectively.
The rim is raised on both sides of all the coins along the circumference.
The obverse: the relief image of the Emblem of the Bank of Russia - the two headed eagle with wings down, and the semicircular inscription under it "БАНК РОССИИ" (BANK OF RUSSIA), framed by a circle of beads. The inscriptions along the rim divided by dots indicate the denominations of the coin "ТРИ РУБЛЯ" (THREE RUBLES), “СТО РУБЛЕЙ” (ONE HUNDRED RUBLES) “ПЯТЬДЕСЯТ РУБЛЕЙ” (FIFTY RUBLES) “ДВЕСТИ РУБЛЕЙ” (TWO HUNDRED RUBLES) and the year of issue "2010", between them - the indication of the metal according to the D.I. Mendeleyev Periodic System of Elements, the purity, the trade mark of the Saint Petersburg Mint and the fine precious metal content.
The reverse:
- of the 3 Rubles silver coin: relief images of a portrait of A.P. Chekhov and an episode from his writing “The sea-gull’, the dates in two lines: «1860» and «1904» and the facsimile signature of the writer;
- of the 100 Rubles silver coin: relief images of a portrait of A.P. Chekhov and an episode from his writing “The cherry orchard”, the dates in two lines: «1860» and «1904» and the facsimile signature of the writer;
- of the 50 Rubles gold coin: the relief image of a portrait of A.P. Chekhov, the inscriptions: «ОСКОЛКИ» (OSKOLKI), «БУДИЛЬНИК» (BUDILNIK), «СТРЕКОЗА» (STREKOZA) – the names of the journals, where his writings were published, the dates in two lines: «1860» and «1904» and the facsimile signature of the writer;
- of the 200 Rubles gold coin: relief images of A.P. Chekhov, his house- museum in the town of Yalta and an episode from his writing “The Lady with the dog”, the dates in two lines: «1860» and «1904» and the facsimile signature of the writer.
The edge of the coins is corrugated.
The mintages of the coins, dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of A.P. Chekhov’s Birthday, are as follows:
- of the 3 Rubles silver proof coin: 5000 pcs;
- of the 100 Rubles silver proof-like coin: 500 pcs;
- of the 50 Rubles gold proof coin: 1500 pcs;
- of the 200 Rubles gold proof coin: 500 pcs.
The coins are legal tender of the Russian Federation. They are obligatory for acceptance for all kinds of payments without any restrictions at their face value.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Denmark 20 krone 2009 – Faroese boat

On 2 November 2009, Denmarks National bank issued a new 20-krone coin with a Faroese boat as its motif. This is the seventh coin in the ship series.The Faroese boat is a light, clinker-built, slender and very seaworthy open wooden boat. Its characteristics include a curved sheer line with a high bow and stern. It also bears some resemblance to a Viking ship. Over time it has been developed into a unique construction not found elsewhere in the world.
The motif for the new ship coin was designed by the sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen, who is Faroese himself. He is also the artist behind several previous thematic coins, including the ship coin with the Frigate Jylland and the Christiansborg Palace tower coin.The coin with the Faroese boat will be issued in an edition of 0.9 million coins in ordinary circulation.
Source: National bank of Denmark

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Eastern Caribbean 1 silver dollar 2009

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will issue a new one dollar ($1) coin in February 2009 in commemoration of the Bank’s 25th anniversary, which was celebrated on 1 October 2008. This issue of this coin is limited to 500,000 pieces. The coin is round with ribbed edge and features the Bank’s laurel and the motto “Together We Stand”. The new coin does not replace the existing one dollar ($1) coins. The existing coins are still legal tender and will remain in circulation along with the commemorative coin.

Source: Eastern Caribbean Central bank

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hungary 5000 forint silver coin 2009

On 24 September 2009, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (National bank of Hungary) issued a silver collector coin ‘Budapest’ with a face value of HUF 5,000. The coin was issued as part of the ‘World Heritage Sites in Hungary’ series.

In addition to the standard design elements (the denomination: 5000, the legend: Republic of Hungary, the mint mark: BP and the date of issue: 2009), the obverse of the coin features Andrássy Avenue, with the Opera House on the left and the palace of the former Ballet Institute on the right.

The reverse bears an image of the Pest bank of the River Danube between Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge, viewed from Buda. The upper legend reads ‘BUDAPEST’. The signature mark of designer Mihály Fritz is positioned to the right from the representation of the Parish Church.

The collector coin is made of .925 fine silver, weighs 31.46 grams, its diameter is 38.61 mm and it has a milled edge.

The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces, of which 6,000 are produced using the special proof technology.

Source: National bank of Hungary

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bermuda 2 dollar 2008 silver coin

The hawksbill turtle has a highly prized ornate shell and a birdlike beak for which it gets its name. It is one of the smaller sea turtle species. Hawksbills feed almost exclusively on sponges that are loaded with glasslike spicules. Immature animals are not uncommon amongst the coral reefs surrounding Bermuda. They can grow to nearly 90 kgs (200 lbs) as adults, but those found in Bermuda average 10 kgs (22 lbs). These animals are exploited in other parts of the world for their shell, meat and eggs and are critically endangered. Hawksbill turtles in Bermuda are occasionally captured during Bermuda Turtle Project field trips but more often, they are encountered by co-operating recreational divers licensed to take lobsters. The coin design is adapted from a photo taken by Ron Lucas.

Denomination: 2 dollar

Weight: 31,604 gr

Standard: Proof

Alloy: 999 Silver

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Australian two coins 2010 Burke & Wills

2010 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Burke and Wills expedition, and subsequently the Royal Australian Mint themes its newest set to honour these explorers. The new $1 and 20 cent coins will feature in the two coin set in both uncirculated and proof finishes.
The $1 coin spotlights the hardships endured by the Burke and Wills expedition team. Here we see the weary remaining sole survivor of the expedition resting under the iconic carved dig tree on Cooper’s Creek in southwest Queensland. The 20 cent coin design depicts Burke and Wills astride camel and horse, departing on their epic journey.
The camel tracks represent their south to north travelling route, while the footprints narrate the aid of the Aboriginal people, as well as the Indian, Afghan and Pakistani cameleers. The lustrous proof finish shows off the criss-crossing footprints of humans and camels, representative of the pioneers incredibly arduous journey.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Russia 3 Rubles 2010

The silver coin of 3 Rubles denomination of the series "The Lunar Calendar" featuring the Tiger (fine metal content 31,1g, fineness 925/1000, catalogue number 5111-0190, diameter 39,0 mm, mintage 15000 pcs ).
The obverse: the relief picture of the Emblem of the Bank of Russia - the two headed eagle with wings down, and the semicircular inscription under it "БАНК РОССИИ" (BANK OF RUSSIA). The inscriptions along the rim divided by dots indicate the denomination of the coins "ТРИ РУБЛЯ" (THREE RUBLES) and the year of issue "2010", between them - the indication of the metal sign in accordance with the D.I. Mendeleyev Periodic System of Chemical Elements, the fineness, the mint trade mark and the fine precious metal content.
The reverse: in the centre of the coin - the relief picture of a tiger, to the right - a matted image of the half-moon.

The edge of the coin is corrugated.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Romania 10 lei 2009 - silver coin

Face Value: 10 LEI;
Type of Metal: Silver 999/1000;
Weight: 31.1030 grams;
Dimension: Diameter 37 mm;
Edge: milled;
Quality: proof;
Issue volume: 500 ;

on the left side, in the foreground, the image of “Mircea” Brig – the training ship of the Romanian Marine; on the right, the face value of the coin – 10 LEI and above, the image of “Carol I” Lighthouse; in the background, a view of the port of Constanţa from the sea displaying the Orthodox Cathedral on the left and the Casino on the right; in the upper half, the inscription “ROMANIA”, Romania’s coat-of-arms and the year of issue – 2009.

in the lower half, in the foreground, a modern commercial vessel and in the background, the silos in the port of Constanţa, designed by engineer Anghel Saligny; in the upper half, the inscription “100 DE ANI DE LA INAUGURAREA PORTULUI CONSTANTA 1909”.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Czech 200 Koruna silver coin 2009

On 4 March 2009, the Czech National Bank puts into circulation a commemorative silver 200 Koruna coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the reaching of the North Pole by Arctic explorer Robert Peary. The 200 Koruna coin is minted from alloy containing 900 parts silver and 100 parts copper and is issued in two quality versions, in normal quality and proof quality, which differ in surface finish and edge marking. Proof quality coins have a highly polished field and a matt relief, the edge is plain with a frieze “CZECH NATIONAL BANK* Ag 0.900 * 13 g *”. Normal quality coins have milled edges. The coin is 31 mm in diameter, weighs 13 g and is 2.35 mm thick. As with any other coins, deviations in diameter of 0.1 mm and thickness of 0.15 mm are allowed. Upward deviations in weight of 0.26 g and the silver content of 1% are allowed.
The obverse of the coin features the portrait of Arctic explorer Robert Peary. The name of the state “ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA” (Czech Republik) and the denomination and abbreviated monetary unit “200 Kč” are written around the ring. The logo of the International Polar Year is situated between the name of the state and the denomination of the coin. The mark of the Czech Mint is located below the portrait of the Arctic explorer. The reverse of the 200 coin features a symbolic image of the North Pole and an Arctic expedition with dogs above which is an aurora. Written on the ring is an unclosed text “REACHING OF THE NORTH POLE “ and the years “1909 – 2009”. The initials of the designer of the coin, the sculptor Jiří Vaněček, made up of linked letters “JV” are located between the figure of the first Arctic explorer and the years.
Each coin comes with a grey blue-printed postcard-sized catalogue card. The relief of the coin is dry-stamped through silver foil. The text is given in Czech and English. The card is the same for the normal-quality and proof-quality coins.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Slovenia 2 EURO 2009

The euro celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1 January 2009. Ten years ago, the euro was first introduced as book money, with euro banknotes and coins entering into circulation in 2002. Today, the euro is used for payments by more than 329 million residents of the euro area, which now comprises 16 of the 27 EU Member States.

In its 10 years of existence, the euro has led to price stability, increased price transparency, facilitated trade between countries and accelerated economic and financial integration within the euro area and with other countries. In just a single decade, the euro has become the world's second most important currency.
On May 1998, the leaders of EU Member States adopted a key decision regarding the launch of the third stage of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and those countries to be included therein. At the same time, the European Central Bank, which assumed responsibility for conducting the single monetary policy for the euro area, was established.

The introduction of the euro was actually the result of several years of preparations and represents one of the most important steps in the process of European integration. The idea of a European monetary union dates back to the beginning of the second half of the last century, although it only became a reality 10 years ago.
Slovenia like all other euro area countries issued 2-euro commemorative coin using a common design on the national side to celebrate ten years of economic and monetary union and the creation of the euro.
Production and minting: Mint of Finland, Vantaa, Finland
Date of issue: January 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Belarus 20 roubles 2008, silver commemorative coin

Obverse: at the top – the relief of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus and inscription REPUBLIC OF BELARUS; in the center – on a background of a symbol of eternal movement – wheels of a distaff passing in structure of annual rings on cuts of a tree – the stylized image of silhouettes of cuckooes and elements of the Belarus national ornament; beneath: year of issue, fine silver alloy standard at the bottom – face value 20 ROUBLES – inscriptions along the rim at the top REPUBLIC OF BELARUS.
Reverse: in the center – the stylized image of a cuckoo, which wings remind a wave of long sleeves of lady's wear in dance; on a silhouette of a bird – elements of the Belarus national ornament; under the right wing – conditional images of statuettes of children and ovals in the form of eggs which serve as symbols of a legend; at the left on a circle an inscription: The Legend of the Cuckoo.
Design: O. Novoselova (Belarus).
Minted by: CJSC "Lithuanian Mint", Vilnius, Lithuania
Silver, Alloy standard of silver: 925
Denomination: 20 rubles
Weight of coin: 33.62 g
Fine silver content: 31.1 g
Quality: "proof"
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Mintage: 5000 pcs.

Source: National bank of the Belarus.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Aruba 10 Florin Carnival Gold Coin 2009

In the year 2009 Aruba will be celebrating it’s 55
years of carnival. In this context, the Central Bank
of Aruba, on behalf of the government has issued a
special coin in gold proof, commemorating this
cultural celebration.
Aruba will celebrate her 55th Carnival in 2009. On
Aruba Carnival is celebrated for more than 64
years. However the first official Carnival parades
and election of Carnival Queen were held in 1955
after ‘the Central Carnival Committee of Aruba’ was
installed. In the early years the many carnival
groups were inspired by Afro-Caribbean and
historic themes. The years thereafter showed that
themes like Aruban flora and fauna, tourism, culture
and folklore were appreciated more amongst the
participating groups. This made the Aruban
Carnival so unique, which attributed to the
popularity of the festival celebrations in the
Caribbean, South-America, the United States and
Northern Europe. The most important events during
the Carnival season are: the elections of Carnival
Queen, the Calypso and Roadmarch music festival,
the Lighting Parade, the Jouvert Morning (opening
morning) and the Grand Parades during the
weekend before Ash Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Armenia, 10000 drams 2009, gold

This gold commemorative coin depicting Taurus has been issued by the Central Bank of Armenia under the International Program “The Signs of Zodiac”.
For over 5000 years this constellation between Aries and Orion has been associated with a bull. Bulls have been worshipped since ancient times as symbols of strength and fertility.
Greek mythology states that Europa, daughter of Agenor, King of Phoenicia, was playing at the waters edge when Zeus appeared before her in the form of a majestic white bull. Zeus raped and carried Europa to Crete and made her his mistress.
The astrological period called Taurus takes the period from April 21 to May 20.
The coin issued with colored inks.
Designed by U. Walerzak.
Minted in the Mint of Poland.

Nominal value: 10000 drams
Metal: gold 900 0
Weight (gr): 8,6
Diameter (mm): 22,0
Quality: uncirculated
Edge: milled
Number of issued: up to 10000 pcs

Friday, July 3, 2009

3 rubles, Russia, 2009

The obverse: in the centre - the emblem of the Bank of Russia [the two-headed eagle with wings down, under it - the semicircular inscription "БАНК РОССИИ" (BANK OF RUSSIA)] framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the rim - on top: "ТРИ РУБЛЯ" (THREE RUBLES), below: to the left - indications of the precious metal and its fineness, in the centre - the year of issue "2009 г." (2009), to the right - the fine metal content and the mint trade mark.

The reverse: in image of Saint George the Victorious sitting on horseback and spearing a dragon.

The edge: 300 corrugations.

Denomination: 3 rubles
The artist and sculptor: A.V. Baklanov, National Artist of Russia.Mint: Saint Petersburg Mint
Metal, fineness: Silver 999/1000
Total weight, G: 31,50

Source: The Central Bank of Russian Federation

Monday, June 29, 2009

Swiss 10 francs 2009

Since 1936, the Swiss Confederation has been issuing commemorative coins to mark significant historical and cultural events, or to honor outstanding personalities. Tribute is also paid to typical aspects of Swiss cultural life.True to tradition, commemorative coins are the work of Swiss artists. In collaboration with the Federal Office of Culture, Swiss mint commissions the design of new coins and also organizes design competitions.These special-issue coins bear a legal face value and are minted in limited editions. They are available in the qualities 'polished plate' (proof) and 'uncirculated'. The Swiss Confederation uses the net proceeds from the sale of commemorative coins to promote cultural projects throughout Switzerland.

Prior to the definitive striking of a coin, trial minting are frequently carried out with provisionally engraved mint dies. Among other things, the procedure of trial minting facilitates quality control of the dies, the minting process, the flow of metal, as well as verification of the suitability of the minting blanks. In earlier times, trial pieces struck before the actual minting process began were – with few exceptions – destroyed.In 1998, Swiss mint decided to sell limited quantities of trial coins at irregular intervals. These coins bear a special signet to unambiguously differentiate them from regularly minted coinage. This distinctive marking stamped on the relief is in the form of a ¾-circle open at the upper left, featuring a stylized Swiss cross in the middle. The letter E in italics to the upper left stands for essay, or trial. As trial coins are the result of test minting, the quality of these pieces is not in every case identical to that of the definitively struck coin.Annual circulation coin sets comprise all currently circulated denominations from the 1-centime piece to the 5-franc piece. These coin sets additionally include a bimetal commemorative coin bearing a legal face value of 10 Swiss francs. The annual circulation coin sets are available in polished plate (proof) and brilliant uncirculated minting qualities.


Swiss National Park – Red deer
Niklaus Heeb, Rodersdorf


10-franc piece, bimetal, with legal face value

Alloy: Aluminium Bronze (Cu 92/Al 6/Ni 2) + Cupronickel (Cu 75/Ni 25)
Diameter: 33 mm
Weight: 15 g
Uncirculated max 95.000
Proof max 12.000

Source http://www.swissmint.ch/

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New 10 denara and 50 denara coins from Macedonia

50 denars:
Issue 2008
Diam. 26,5 mm; Weight 7,7 g
Metal: Cu62Ni18Zn20Period of circulation 15.11.2008

Ob. 50 ДЕНАРИ in the lower central field. Stylized horizon with a 16-ray sun.

Rev. РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА, circular; 2008 in the lower central field. Archangel Gabriel, fresco from the church of St. Ghiorghi in Kurbinovo - XII century, detail presented on the banknote of 50 Denars.

10 denars:
Issue 2008
Diam. 24,5 mm; Weight 6,6 g
Metal: Cu70Ni12Zn18Period of circulation: 15.11.2008

Ob. 10 ДЕНАРИ in the lower central field. Stylized horizon with a 16-ray sun.

Rev. РЕПУБЛИКА МАКЕДОНИЈА, circular; 2008 in the lower central field. Peacock, floor mosaic from Stobi from the VI century, detail presented on the banknote of 10 Denars.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Finland, 2 commemorative EURO, 2009

All euro area countries are issuing a two-euro commemorative coin to celebrate the 10th anniversary of economic and monetary union in Europe. The obverse side of the coin shows a stick figure which merges into the euro symbol and ‘EMU 1999 – 2009’. The obverse side of the Finnish coin also has the text ‘SUOMI FINLAND 2009’ and the lettering ‘Talous- ja rahaliitto EMU’ written around the edge of the coin. The reverse of the coin is identical to that of existing two-euro coins in circulation. A total of 1,400,000 of the new commemorative coins will be struck in Finland. The Bank of Finland will issue around half of the total batch through normal currency supply channels and the other half through Finnish commercial banks as wholesale deliveries. Most of the new coins will enter circulation as change given in retail outlets, though they will also be available for purchase in coin shops. The coins will be put into circulation in early January. The commemorative coins will be legal tender in all euro area countries.

Source : Bank of Finland

Saturday, March 14, 2009

10 levs 2008.

nominal value BGN 10
metal silver, purity 999/1000 with partial gold plating on the outer circle on both sides of the coin issue 2008
quality proof
weigh 20 g
diameter 40 mm
edge smooth
mintage 8,000

The obverse of the coin features the logo of the Bulgarian National Bank in the inner circle, with the year “1879” written on the ribbon and the nominal value of the coin “10 ЛЕВА” (10 levs). In circumference in the outer circle is the wording "БЪЛГАРСКА НАРОДНА БАНКА" and the year of issue "2008".

The reverse of the coin features the image of the broze head of the Thracian king Sevt III found in 2004 near Kazanlak. In circumference in the outer circle there is the text „СЪКРОВИЩАТА НА БЪЛГАРИЯ” (‘BULGARIA’S TREASURES’) and below it – „СЕВТ ІІІ” (‘SEVT III’).

Monday, March 9, 2009

One pound 2009

The new £1 coin bears on its reverse a rendition of the heraldic shield of the Royal Arms by Matthew Dent. Only the third version of the Royal Arms to appear on the £1 coin since 1983, while the obverse features the familiar portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. The edge features lettering with the Latin inscription reading DECUS ET TUTAMEN, meaning 'an ornament and a safeguard, this first appeared on the edge of coins of Charles II to deter the unscrupulous practice of clipping and shaving precious metal from the coins. Struck in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, the £1 coin is housed in a full-colour presentation folder detailing the rich history of the shield of the Royal Arms design and the inspiration behind choosing this shield for the new UK coinage.
As a powerful symbol of royal authority, the Royal Arms in various forms have featured on the coinage of every monarch since the reign of Edward III (1327-77). Coins were, and still are, issued under the personal authority of the monarch and came to be regarded as vehicles for royal imagery, whether in the form of a portrait or a monarch’s personal coat of arms. As heraldry itself started to grow as a symbol of royal identity, it was a natural progression for the Royal Arms to appear on the coinage. It is not surprising therefore that Matthew Dent, the winning designer, chose the Royal Arms, and in particular a shield of the Royal Arms, as the theme for his innovative range of new designs, with all four quarters spread over the six coins from the 1p to the 50p. Completing the new range of coins is the £1 coin featuring the shield of the Royal Arms in its entirety, uniting the six elements into one design.
Denom. £1
Alloy Nickel Brass
Weight 9.5 gms
Diameter 22.5 mm
Designer (Reverse) Matthew Dent
Designer (Obverse) Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription Decus et Tutamen

Source http://www.blogger.com/www.Royalmint.com

Sunday, February 22, 2009

10 years of Euro

For the second time in its short history, all eurozone member states will issue a €2 coin with a common design also on the national side. In 2007, the issue celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, while this new €2 coin celebrates ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU).EU citizens and residents have selected the new design by an on-line vote. The design symbolizes the euro as the latest step in the long history of European economic integration, and was created by Mr. G. Stamatopoulos, sculptor at the Minting Department of the Bank of Greece.The center of the reverse shows a stylized human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country written in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the legend “1999-2009” and the acronym EMU translated into the national language(s) appear at the bottom. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Poland 2 zloty coin 2009

Metal CuAL Zn Snl alloy
diameter 27 mm
Weight 8.15 g
mintage (volume) 1.400.000 pcs

Obverse: An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland; on the sides of the Eagle the notation of the year of issue, 20-09; below the Eagle an inscription, ZŁ 2 ZŁ, in the rim an inscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA, preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint’s mark, M/W, under the Eagle’s left leg.

Reverse: A stylized image of the hussar of the 17th century, on horseback, in armour, with the
hussar’s wing and leopard skin on the back, carrying a lance with a pennant. On the left-hand side, a semicircular inscription, HUSARZ – XVII w.

On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180
degrees, separated by stars.

Obverse designed by: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska
Reverse designed by: ANDR ZEJ NO WAKOWSKI

Source National bank of Poland

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sweden 1 krona, 2009

The obverse of the coin shows a portrait of King Carl XVI Gustaf in profile and the text “CARL XVI GUSTAF •SVERIGES KONUNG” (Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden). Under the portrait is the year the coin was struck.

The reverse of the coin has a special strike consisting of a symbolic depiction of the sea as a link connecting Sweden and Finland. The upper edge contains the quotation “DEN UNDERBARA SAGAN OM ETT LAND PÅ ANDRA SIDAN HAFVET” (the wonderful tale of a land beyond the sea), taken from Anton Rosell´s book “Studentbesöket i Finland”. The lower edge carries the text "SVERIGE 1809 2009 FINLAND", the initials of the Riksbank Governor ("SI"), the first letter of the region where the coin is issued and the initials of the designer ("AWJ"). The denomination "1 KR" is at middle of the lower edge.

The edge of the coin is milled. The coin is silver-colored. The coin is designed by artist Ernst Nordin (obverse) and Annie Winblad Jakubowski (reverse).

Metal content: Alloy of 75 % copper and 25 % nickel
Weight: 7.00 grammas
Diameter: 25.00 millimeters
Border thickness: 1.88 millimeters

Source: Sweden National Bank

Monday, January 26, 2009

Grading coins

Lets see how the Standard Catalog of World Coins attempts to guide us through grading.

''In grading coins, there are two elements to look for: 1) Overall wear, and 2) loss of design details, such as strands of hair, feathers on eagles, designs on coats of arms, etc. The age, rarity or type of a coin should not be a consideration in grading, Grade each coin by the weaker of the two sides. Grade by the amount of overall wear and loss of design detail evident on each side of the coin. On coins with a moderately small design element, which is prone to early wear, grade by that design alone.

For Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) grades there will be no visible signs of wear or handling, even under 30-power microscope. Full mint luster will be present. Ideally no bag marks will be evident.

For Uncirculated (Unc.) grades there will be no visible signs of wear or handling, even under a 30-power microscope. Bag marks may be present.

For Almost Uncirculated (AU), all detail will be visible. There will be wear only on the highest point of the coin. There will often be half or nore of the original mint luster present.

On the Extremely fine (XF) coin, there will be about 95% of the original detail visible. Or, on a coin with a design with no inner detail to wear down, there will be a very light wear over nearly all the coin. If a small design is used as the grading area, about 90% of the original detail will be visible. This latter rule stems from the logic that a smaller amount of detail needs to be present because a small area is being used to grade the whole coin.

The Very Fine (VF) coin will have about 75% of the original detail visible. Or, on a coin with no inner detail, there will be moderate wear over the entire coin. Corners of letters and numbers may be weak. A small grading area will have about 66% of the original detail.

For Fine (F), there will be about 50% of the original detail visible. Or, on a coin with no inner detail, there will be fairly heavy wear over all the coin. Sides of letters will be weak. A typically uncleaned coin will often appear as dirty of dull. A small grading area will have just under 50% of the original detail.

On the Very Good (VG) coin, there will be about 25% of the original detail visible. There will be heavy wear on all the coin.

The Good (G) coin's design will be clearly outlined but with substantial wear. Some of the larger detail may be visible. The rim may have a few weak spots of wear.

On the About Good (AG) coin, there will be typically be only a silhouette of a large design. The rim will be worn down into the letters if any. ''