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