Sunday, April 18, 2010

Each year Unesco awards a major city the title of World Book Capital, based on the best programme submitted by the competing candidates. The purpose is to bring literature to as many people as possible, and to encourage reading. In June 2008 Ljubljana was chosen from among seven competing cities at the Unesco headquarters in Paris to be the tenth holder of the title of World Book Capital, which it will bear from 23 April 2010 to 23 April 2011. Its programme consists of a host of original ideas to promote access to books, and to encourage literature, authors, books and reading. The basis of the programme is the involvement and connection of all links in the literary chain, from author to reader.

World Book Capital 2010 will undoubtedly be the most important event and the event most focused on a mass audience during the whole time that Ljubljana will hold the title. Events being held as part of the overall event include World Literature: Festival of the Fable 2010, and World Book Summit 2011: the Book as an Agent of Human Development, along with a whole spectrum of cultural events in Slovenia and in neighbouring regions. As World Book Capital, Ljubljana will promote the principles of freedom of expression, equality, education, the free circulation of information, and educational, scientific and cultural content, and inter-cultural dialogue as defined by Unesco, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Florence Agreement.

In deciding to issue the collector coins, the government has joined in with the promotion of books and Slovenian culture, as Ljubljana’s title as World Book Capital 2010 means that Slovenia and its capital will be able to raise their worldwide profiles as a country and city with a rich literary history, and as places of contemporary literary and cultural creativity. The coins feature the façade of Plečnik’s National and University Library, with its Ionic column in front of the window of the reading room. The outline of an open book, which develops from a scroll on one side, illustrates the historical development of the book.

Original design by: Matija Marinko, Ljubljana
Production and minting: Mint of Finland, Vantaa, Finland

Nominal value: EUR 100

Weight: 7 g

Diameter: 24 mm

Purty: Au 900/1000

Issued: 4,000 coins

Silver coin:

Nominal value: EUR 30

Weight: 15 g

Diameter: 32 mm

Purty: Ag 925/1000

Issued: 6,000 coins

Collector bi-coloured coin:

Nominal value: EUR 3

Weight: 15 g

Diameter: 32 mm

Alloy: disc 75 Cu 25 Ni / ring 78 Cu 20 Zn 2 Ni

Issued: 300,000 coins

Friday, April 9, 2010

Danmark commemorative coins 2010

Commemorative coin to mark the 70th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on 16 April 2010.
A commemorative coin will be issued to mark the 70th birthday of Queen Margrethe II. This is in keeping with the Danish tradition of issuing commemorative coins to mark special events in the royal family.The commemorative coin can be viewed on a special exhibition in the palace museum in the period 10th April - 1st August 2010.

A new portrait of the QueenThe motif of the obverse of the coin is a new portrait of the Queen by the sculptor Lis Nogel. The new portrait is also to be used on the ordinary 10- and 20-krone coins from 2011 onwards. The reverse was designed by Ronny Andersen, Royal Armorist, and shows the royal coat of arms set against a background of daisies – a reference to the Queen's nickname, Daisy.
1,000-krone gold coin
The gold coin is minted in 900 ‰ gold (Au) with a diameter of 22 mm, a weight of 8.65 g and a nominal value of 1,000 kroner. The recommended retail price for the gold coin is DKK 3,000 incl. VAT.
500-krone silver coin
The silver coin is minted in 999 ‰ fine silver (Ag) with a diameter of 38.0 mm, a weight of 31.1 g and a nominal value of 500 kroner. The silver coin is sold at its nominal value.
20-krone coin, ordinary version1.2 million ordinary circulation coins will be minted and sold in rolls of 20 coins each.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 Lincoln one cent coin

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