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.