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