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