Friday, January 29, 2010

The Lincoln One Cent Coin 2010

The current Lincoln cent's reverse (tails side) design is emblematic of President Abraham Lincoln's preservation of the United States as a single and united country, as required by Title III of Public Law 109-145, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. While the obverse (heads) continues to bear the familiar Victor David Brenner likeness of President Lincoln that has appeared on the coin since 1909, the reverse features a union shield with a scroll draped across and the inscription ONE CENT.
The 13 vertical stripes of the shield represent the states joined in one compact union to support the federal government, represented by the horizontal bar above. The horizontal bar features the inscription E PLURIBUS UNUM—"out of many, one"—while the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is depicted along the upper rim of the coin. The union shield, which dates back to the 1780s, was used widely during the Civil War. The shield is also featured on frescoes by Constantino Brumidi throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building completed in the mid-19th century.
The Secretary of the Treasury approved the reverse design for the coin after consultation with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee.
These one-cent coins have a metallic content of 2.5 percent copper, balance zinc. They are issued for circulation in quantities sufficient to meet the demands of commerce. Numismatic (proof and uncirculated) versions are included in the United States Mint's annual product offerings.

Source: US Mint

Friday, January 8, 2010

Georgia 10 lari silver coin 2009

To mark the Day of St. George on November 23, 2009, the National Bank of Georgia has issued 10 lari denomination silver coin commemorating the church of St. George in Ilori. A remarkable monument of Georgian Architecture, the church of Saint George in Ilori (Ochamchire region ), Abkhazia, the historic and Geographic part of Georgia, was built in 11th century, AD and represents one of the most important praying places for all of Georgia. Walls of the church bear several old Georgian inscriptions performed Georgian orthodox believers of different generations.

Face Value: 10 lari

Date of issue: 2009

Weight: 28.28gr

Diameter: 38.61

Alloy: Ag 925°

Quality: Proof

Mintage (volume) 1500 pcs

Mintage Limit: 3000

The coins are struck in 2009, at the Mint of Finland.

The Coin designers are: Mamuka Gongadze (Reverse) and Temur Apkhadze (Obverse).

Obverse: composition of the obverse of the coin is the drawings of the 17th century, AD Italian monk Don Christoforo de Castelli, consisting of the Saint George church of Ilori, the village of Ilori and horseriders. Background of the coin is the mountain ridge of the Caucasus. In the lower right corner of the design is the word inscription “საქართველო” (“Sakartvelo”-Georgia) and the year of the issue -2009.

Reverse: the modern-day image of the Church is depicted in the center of the coin, with the Roman numeral “XI” – the date of the construction of the Church-underneath. The coat of arms of Georgia and the inscription “ილორი” (“Ilori”) is placed in the upper part of the coin and the denomination numeral 10 together with the lettering “ლარი” (“Lari”) is placed in the left side of the coin.

Edge- smooth with inscriptions: (“საქართველოს ეროვნული ბანკი”-“ The National Bank of Georgia”)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bermuda 4 dollar silver coin 2009

In 1609, Sir George Somers set sail from Plymouth, England aboard the Sea Venture, the new flagship of the Virginia Company, leading a fleet of nine vessels, loaded with provisions and settlers for the new English colony of Jamestown, in Virginia. During the journey, the Sea Venture was caught in a storm. To prevent the ship from sinking, 150 sailors and settlers were driven onto the reefs at the east end of Bermuda. All on board were saved and landed in Bermuda where they remained for over ten months. During that time, using material from the Sea Venture, the settlers built two other ships, the Deliverance and the Patience, and set sail in them for Jamestown, Virginia. These events serve to highlight Bermuda’s crucial role in the development of the New World. Over the past four centuries, Bermuda has evolved into a diverse multicultural community whose population has worked to build its reputation as a leading international financial services centre and tourism destination. During the quad-centennial celebrations, Bermuda will honour and showcase its people, culture and the numerous events that have shaped the history of the island from 1609 to date. The Bermuda Monetary Authority is pleased to issue this special four-sided coin, the first of this shape to be issued in Bermuda, and a special $4 denomination, as a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the island and its people. The reverse design features a sailing ship, a Brigantine vessel, which is representative of the ship used to bring the first people of the African Diaspora to the island. The reverse design also contains the inscription of the anniversary years, 1609 - 2009 and the words ‘400th Anniversary of the Settlement of Bermuda’ . The obverse of the coin features the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS

Friday, January 1, 2010

Cayman Island 10 gold pound 2009

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, in conjunction with the British Royal Mint, has issued a limited mintage numismatic coin set to mark the commencement of the 2009 Cayman Islands Constitution.
The commemorative coin issue, titled ‘50 Years of Constitutional Government’, comprises a gold proof ten-dollar and silver proof five-dollar coin. The reverse of each coin features the Cayman Islands coat of arms surrounded by the words ‘The Cayman Islands Constitution Order in Council 1959’ at the top and ‘The Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009’ at the bottom. The obverse bears a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, highlighted with the words ‘Cayman Islands’ and ‘Elizabeth II’ and the year ‘2009’.
The composition of the two coins is 916.7 gold and .925 silver, respectively. A mintage limit of 125 gold and 300 silver pieces has been set.
Each collectors item is displayed in a velvet-lined presentation case and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity attesting to its proof quality, legal tender status and limited mintage.
Issue Cayman Islands $10 Gold Proof
Alloy(Stg) 916.7Gold
Weight(gms) 7.988
Diameter(mm) 22.05
Issue Limit 125