Friends of the Mint commemorative coins minted in the feast of St. Agatha

domingo, 31 de enero de 2010

If anything has characterized the Friends of the Mint during its long existence is its commitment to promote the value and importance of the former Royal Mill in Segovia and coinage as hallmark of the town of Segovia.
Therefore, for some time, the group chaired by the historian, numismatist Glenn Murray takes all kinds of festivities and celebrations to cultivate, distribute and sell commemorative coins to immortalize these events.
The initiative has set, as are hundreds of people often turn to mint its own currency, as happened the night of San Frutos at the door of the Cathedral. The next meeting will be Sunday February 7, day Zamarramala women celebrate the traditional festival of Saint Agatha, popular rejoicing takes place since 1227. Here, then, in the square of Mayors will be Murray and his contraption to carve coin with a hammer. The association said yesterday that it will be the traditional coin toss into the air. Specifically, will be 32 pieces, divided into two handfuls of 16 coins each for what to look for the symbology Segovia 2016.
These may pick them off the ground completely free. For the occasion, the Association of Friends of the Mint has commissioned a die to the recorder Juan Jose Sanchez Castano, a member of the group and professional writer, who has recorded a chisel along the older technique. The coin is precious. The obverse is a mayor Zamarriego with veranda and staff of office. All around are the inscriptions: "From 1227. Santa Agueda. Zamarramala '.
The reverse of the coin shows the four monuments of Segovia, ie, the Aqueduct, the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Mint, dated 2010. According to sources in the association, will also be sold in Zamarramala recorded in ink and embossed design on paper currency, the work of Miguel Angel Maroto partner also. The aim is to collaborate with the party of mayors and spreading the name of the Mint and the importance of coinage was in Segovia in the past.

Roman silver coin dating to 211 BC found in Britain

sábado, 30 de enero de 2010

A rare silver coin dating back to 211 BC has been unearthed at the Leicestershire village of Hallaton in the UK and is considered to be the oldest piece of Roman currency. A metal detectorist found the 2,221-year-old coin -- a denarius -- along with 5,000 other coins, a richly decorated Roman cavalry helmet and a unique decorated silver bowl. While one side of the coin depicts the goddess Roma wearing her characteristic helmet, the other side shows mythical twins Castor and Pollux sit astride galloping horses, the Daily Mail reported. David Sprason, a member of Leicestershire County Council, said: "Leicestershire boasts of the largest number of Iron Age coins ever professionally excavated in Britain. "To also have the oldest Roman coin ever found is something very special." Describing the news as 'exciting', David Mattingly of the University of Leicester said: "This hoard has changed our view of just how significant the East Midlands were in this period and this coin is a good example." "It indicates there was contact between this region and the Roman Empire despite the distance between the East Midlands and the parts of Britain the Romans arrived in, like Colchester and Chichester." The coin is considered to have been minted in Rome at the time of the Hannibalic wars and reached Britain after passing through many hands. It is preserved at the Harborough Museum in Leicestershire.

Black Dragon new record

viernes, 29 de enero de 2010

An individual Chinese banknote - with a face value of just 10p - has sold at auction for a record £80,000.The extremley rare 1 yuan note dates back to 1909 and was the first of its type to be available for public purchase after being produced by the Kwangsi bank.It features 2 black dragons signifying the prowess of the Emperor and Monarch and accordingly named as the "Ooi-Long note", in the middle "Xuan Tong Yuan Bao".To date, only 3 examples of this rare note have been discovered and as the Kwangsi bank was reorganised in 1911 not many are likely to still exist.The note, sold at an auction by Spink, was snapped up by a Taiwanese Collector -- who must remember not to take it to the bureau de change.
Barnaby Faull, from Spink, said: "The Chinese market is very buoyant and potentially unlimited and this was without doubt the finest sale to be held in Hong Kong for banknotes. "The sale also featured a wonderful collection of coins and bonds. In the end, nearly HK$11 million was sold at auction on the day."

Eesti Pank launched a new collector coin on Wednesday

jueves, 28 de enero de 2010

The reverse of the silver coin depicts a dynamic stylised image of racing cross-country skiers, the nominal value “10 KROONI”, the logo of the Olympic Committee, and the figure XXI. The averse depicts the coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia, the year 2010, and the text “EESTI VABARIIK”. The silver collector coin was designed by Stanislav Kalinin. The mintage of the collector coins is 10,000 and they were made by Mint of Finland. One coin costs 350 kroons.
Starting from noon it is possible to buy the coins both from the Museum of Eesti Pank and from SEB offices across Estonia.
The collector coins had been launched for sale on Wednesday, 27 January at 12 o’clock by the Museum of Eesti Pank, as well as by SEB offices across Estonia. Thus, the coins will be sold in Tallinn (Tornimäe, Lasnamäe Centrum, Pae, Magistrali, Nõmme, Järve, Roosikrantsi, Kristiine and Õismäe offices) and in the SEB head offices in Rapla, Pärnu, Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Rakvere, Kiviõli, Jõhvi, Narva, Sillamäe, Kohtla-Järve, Paide, Viljandi, Põltsamaa, Jõgeva, Põlva, Võru, Valga, Tartu, Antsla and Otepää.
The collector coins are also available for purchase by mail. Please send your request to the Cash Department of Eesti Pank (the address is Estonia pst 13, Tallinn 15095), or by the e-mail The collector coins cannot be reserved in advance.

The Blue Zone, with official coins

martes, 26 de enero de 2010

Spain. Gift certificates, discounts, and now also coins. Merchants Union Aviles and Shire (Ucayc), headed by Daniel Quiros, is waiting for the Mint and Stamp give them "a bag" full of pieces that will delight lovers of numismatics and benefit primarily to customers of merchants adhere to this entity. The pieces have a size slightly larger than the two-euro coins and delivered for free to customers who make purchases in different amounts with the aim of lowering the cost to park in the blue zone.
"There are businesses that have begun to apply discounts, but once we get the coins will be reimbursed that money somehow. We believe that in March we will have the pieces, "said Quiros, adding:" Our intention was to have had the coins for parking meters at Christmas time but we do not, so now we can begin to be delivered at any time. To grab one of these official pieces, customers should make purchases only establishments of Ucayc. "It is not the same clothing store than a kiosk, so each trader who must assess the coins are delivered," said Quiros.
Small traders, meanwhile, are welcoming the action taken by the Union of Traders in collaboration with the City and the Chamber. Pilar Paneque, head of the Woman Boutique, said the introduction of regulated parking has benefited. "Now, all that is good customer support," declared the entrepreneur who was delighted with the blue zone. "I recovered customers before they went to large stores, where everything is much more expensive, simply because they had to park," he said. In other places like Pearl, devoted to selling lingerie, those responsible have already posted on the door the explanatory signs on the discounts apply to each purchase for parking meters. "Buying in Aviles will be much easier. The ticket of the ORA can get away free, "reads the propaganda.
Other local Interfilm Avilés and in the street Severo Ochoa, already offer discounts on their own. Marifé Roselló, head of the business, began to apply the discount bonds in mid-December. "Minimal cost we pay ten euros fifty percent of the parking ticket," he explained, adding: "I think the blue area has benefited us all. Before customers always came in a hurry because they left their cars double-park and now, for twenty cents can better serve them. Employers are seeing the results and covered parking in Avilés and believe that the next installment of "official coins" will benefit even more.

Taiwan minted coins with the monument Hispanic presence in the island

lunes, 25 de enero de 2010

The island sets of three 120,000 minted silver coins for the Year of the Tiger, which begins on 14 February 2010 and ended on 2 February 2011, and which symbolizes the bravery and perseverance in the face of contradiction.
The coins have a fierce tiger as a reason to symbolize that positive events in personal and business throughout the country, the Central Bank said in a statement.
Fort Santo Domingo in Tamsui located on the outskirts of Taipei, was built in 1626 to protect the town of Castillo (Tamsui), the start of the Spanish governor of Taiwan (1626-1642).
Taiwanese Aborigines attacked and destroyed Fort Santo Domingo in 1636, killing 30 of its 60 defenders, but the Spanish rebuilt it in 1637, then to destroy it in 1642 before being expelled from the island by the Dutchmen.
The Dutchmen rebuilt the fort, named Fort Anthonio, and after many modifications and tenants is now a national historic site called Fort Santo Domingo

North Korea New Banknotes

viernes, 22 de enero de 2010

The Noth Korea central bank revaluate the North Korea Won.

Dominican Republic: New version of 50 pesos banknote

jueves, 21 de enero de 2010

The Dominican Republic's Central Bank said it has released an enhanced version of the bill of RD $ 50.00 (fifty dollars) in reform its emphasis on design and colors for easier reading using electronic equipment and greater durability.

The bank said the new bill of 50 pesos coexist with the previous notes of that denomination, which continue to maintain its strength for the payment in full discharge of all obligations public or private. Regarding the new bill, the Central Bank explained that it contains, inter alia, the following elements: On the front, accentuating the shade of orange and yellow in the overlying litho background design, and wider upper band engraved with a decorated design native of Boca Chica with zigzag lozenges.

Also at the end of that stretch, in the upper right corner appears the name with the number "50" on a semicircle with the bow up and the flat part at its lower edge and in the upper right, an oval stamp Indian decorated with Boca Chica which two pictures are displayed in a spiral with the value of the name "50".

On the reverse, the new ticket is 50 pesos in the center of a semicircle with left lateral arch to the right and the flat part at the lateral border, in the top right-hand corner, a circle shaped stamp complete with an engraving of decorated Indian design of Boca Chica overprinted with the value of the name "50".

Finally, the back of this new bill is in the bottom right an engraving in a semicircle with the arch upward, smooth, strip center decorated by stripes. The ticket has no value to the text of the letters in their name in security thread. This enhanced version of the bill of RD $ 50 pesos was issued by the Central Bank in accordance with the provisions of Article 25, item c) of the Monetary and Financial Law No. 183-02

Iran abolish several zeros from the currency

miércoles, 20 de enero de 2010

The Iranian government abolish several zeros from the currency in order to conform to their "real value", today unveiled the country's president, the ultraconservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"We plan to remove several zeros the rial to restore its real value ... certain reasons have made the rial has depreciated against gold, so we must adjust its value," without explaining the reasons revealed. Several economists have warned that the removal of the zeros of the Iranian currency (currently, one dollar equals about 10,000 rials), could spur inflation affecting the country for years. Ahmadinejad's economic policy has been widely criticized throughout his first term by the continuing rise in prices and inflation, which officially came to touch 30 per cent.
However, the latest official figures published by the Government to fall below 10 percent, although independent economists say the real figures are higher. The Iranian president began his new term with other controversial business decision, this time replacing the subsidies on food, energy and fuel and other products for direct aid to people in cash.
"One hundred percent of Iranians support will benefit from the law of reorientation of subsidies," said President. "The 70 percent of Iranians will aid in the first phase and the remaining 30 percent receive aid in the second phase," said Ahmadinejad, whose words play the local news agency ISNA.

Trinidad and Tobago new 100 dollar commemorative

martes, 19 de enero de 2010

The Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago introduced a new 100-dollar note to commemorate the Commonwealth.

Spain with new design in euros

sábado, 16 de enero de 2010

The Official State Bulletin BOE, in number 226, corresponding to Friday, 18 September 2009, published the Order of the Ministry of Economy and Finance 2472/2009 of 8 September, by agreeing to the issue, minting and putting into circulation of euro coins intended for circulation of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, with the obligation to put into circulation on 1 January 2010.
The new issue, ordered by the Economy Minister Elena Salgado, is performed to adapt to European legislation which requires that national sides of euro should show the 12 stars symbol of the EU, completely around the inner image thing which has not happened. Also, now the stars will not be shaded as in previous issues or in relief. As regards the image of S.M. King Don Juan Carlos I also underwent a change, if made by the artist engraver of the Mint, Luis José Diaz. Hence, in accordance with paragraph 4 of the recommendation from the Commission of European Communities of 19 December 2008 on the fixing of common guidelines for national sides and the issue of euro coins in circulation in the national side of euro coins intended for circulation should include the 12 European stars, which must enclose the national design and indicate the year of issuance and the name of the issuing Member State.
European stars are represented in the same way as they appear in the European flag. However, the coins issued with pattern established in the Order of 23 March 1999, the Ministry of Finance, which remembers the issue, minting and circulation of the first series of euro coins of 1 , 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros, and the Order EHA/3907/2006 of 14 December, which was agreed the issue, minting and putting into circulation of euro coins circulation of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, remain the legal tender since the national side changes only affect the future making money. Legends and motives of the coins The legends and motives of the front and back of these new coins will follow the following guidelines: On the coins of 1 and 2 euros the reasons will be distributed in two areas of different color treated alloy and bimetallic coin. In the 1 euro coin, the color of the outer ring is yellow gold and white silver interior. In the 2 euro coin, the color of the outer ring is silver white and yellow gold inside.
The obverse of both coins, in the central area appears the bust of HM the King, D. Juan Carlos I, on the left, in a circular and bottom-up, contained the word "SPAIN"; below this word is the year of issue, and right of the bust of HM King mint mark appears in this If the M crowned mark of the Mint. In the outer ring of the coin the 12 stars of the European Union. In the song of the 2 euro coin is the inscription: 2 * *, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted. In the common reverse coins of 1 and 2 euros, on the left side are the figures representing the value of the currency. On the right side appear, from one extreme to another, six vertical lines that overlap the 12 stars, with each star next to the ends of each line. On the right side figure also represented the European continent. The right side of this representation is superimposed on the central part of the lines. The word "EURO" is superimposed horizontally on the middle right side of the face. Under the "O" of the word "EURO", the initials of the engraver in capital letters "LL" (for the Belgian artist Luc Luycx), near the edge of the right side of the coin. As the currencies of 1, 2 and 5 cents, on the face of Spanish plays in the central part thereof, is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, to the left, in a circular and bottom above, the word "SPAIN", to the right is the mint mark and between the towers, the year of issue. Surrounding the whole are the 12 stars of the European Union. The common reverse of these coins, which represent Europe in the world, is not affected in their design as a result of enlargement of the European Union, so their description is as follows: on the left side of the field appears the face value of each currency 1, 2 and 5, respectively, at the top, the words "EURO" and "cents" on two lines and in capitals, and occupying the rest of the field, is a globe and six oblique lines and parallel, in which, near each of its ends, there is a pentagram. The color of these coins will be copper. Thirdly, in regard to the currencies of 10, 20 and 50 cents., On its face in the center right, is the bust of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, left, in a circular and schematized side of a pen, the name Cervantes. Horizontally above and the word "SPAIN" in capital letters. Under the bust of Cervantes is the year of issue and, to the left of the date, mintmark. Surrounding the whole are the 12 stars of the European Union.
In the common reverse of these coins, in the right side are the figures that represent the face value of the currency. Below the figures are horizontally words "EURO" and "CENT", the second below the first and two in capital letters. The word "CENT" appears in larger letters, with even greater size "C". On the left are from one extreme to another, six vertical lines that overlap the 12 stars, with each one located near the ends of each line. In the central and upper part of these lines, the European continent is represented. Among the figures and the edge of the right side of the coin, the initials of the engraver in capital letters "LL". The color of these gold coins will be yellow.

New Banknote of 500 Cordobas at Nicaragua

jueves, 14 de enero de 2010

Nicaragua's Central Bank (NCB) put into circulation new banknotes of 500 cordobas, made of cotton paper, which began to be distributed on Wednesday.

NCB president, Antenor Rosales, said the new issue completes the renewal cycle córdobas tickets started last year.

The new bill will have on one side the image of the birthplace of national hero Augusto C. Sandino, and the Indian side, a statue.

"We wanted to present national image," said the chairman of NCB. He said each of the names is a different size, being larger at higher denomination. Each denomination greater is five millimeters larger. So the ticket 10 cordobas measured 131 mm, the 20 measured 136 and so on, up to 500, whose measure is 156 millimeters.

A total of 12 million tickets issued for distribution over the next three years. "We have to move a million ways (tickets)," said Rosales.

This totals 6 billion of Cordoba in 500 notes. However, the official added that this year the NCB will be a commemorative banknotes fifty years of the NCB, made from polymer substrate, the same material of the 10 bills and 20 cordobas. In this respect, gave no details of the amount of the issue. It is an issue that, according to Rosales, has already been approved by the Board of this institution and then begin the bidding process and discussion of the commemorative banknote designs.


The new bill has a number of measures to ensure their safety and make it difficult to forge. The new notes have what is known as a watermark, seal, optically variable, ie a label that changes color when you move the bill, iridescent band, security thread and other additions such measures infrared ink.

Exhibition from barter to check in Guatemala

miércoles, 13 de enero de 2010

From barter to check is the name given to the sample of notes and coins from different eras of Guatemalan history, presented at the Museum of Miraflores 16 to 31 January. In this exhibit will show the various changes that the national currency has experienced since the seventeenth century to the present. The exhibition From barter to check is in the Museo Miraflores (7th street 21-55, Zone 11) of 16 to 31 January, from 10:00 to 19:00 hours. The workshops will be offered on 16, 23 and 30 January. Admission: adult Q20, Q10 children. Carlos Mackenney, Numismatic Association of Guatemala, said that the currency of a country tells the socio-political life, their leaders, and political changes that each nation has experienced. The coins and banknotes to be exhibited at this time belong to private collections. "In the beginning, (as a medium of exchange) were used shells, feathers, stones, seeds and various natural elements and as trade is conducted users found an easier way to do business, finding a material that does not lose its value and be easy to carry, so metal was selected valuable as gold, silver and copper, "explains Mackenney. According to the collector, over time, it eliminates the use of gold and silver coins, and worldwide are beginning to use a cheaper material, and emerge with time tickets. A story to tell Besides the shows, members of the Numismatic Association of Guatemala taught workshops where the money will discuss the origin and evolution, colonial currency, until the formation of banks in the country, among other topics. In the variety of pieces to be exhibited in the museum, tickets are chemas type, according Mackenney were named for carrying the image of Jose Maria Orellana, and that General Jorge Ubico ordered to cancel, tossing a coin with images of development and progress of the country.

Honduras with new 20 lempiras

martes, 12 de enero de 2010

The authorities of the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH) had this day the new banknote 20 lempiras plastic which comes into circulation in the country. The President of BCH, Sandra Midence, said new ticket which enters into force today has the necessary emission requirements worldwide. The cost of the new issue is "much larger than the previous one (48 per cent) but its durability is four years," representing a "savings of almost 200 percent," he said. He added that twenty was chosen because it "is a term traffic ticket, it is a name that is not low and therefore there would be less restraint, as to keep it as souvenir. He explained that gradually according to what is received from the public will go replacing polymer banknotes (a kind of plastic) and then the other denominations. The BCH produced 60 million pieces, or about 200 million Lempiras in new twenties.
Dr. Ramón Villeda Morales, a board member of the Central Bank said that one of the main features is that it is very difficult to forge (a 99 percent chance less). He also demonstrated that features a series of safety devices, goodfellas, a transparent window that changes color against the light, contains a perfect record of a Mayan figure on both sides of the ticket, a watermark after birth and included a system "Braille" for it can be distinguished without seeing this at the suggestion of Deputy blind, Dayana Martinez.
Another feature is the placement of security threads, and high durability so it can hold water and not get wet, this quadruple its lifetime, compared to common notes and in turn reduces The possibility of transmitting infectious diseases having no pores as paper. The material they are made of banknotes is a polymer, a type of plastic specially designed to make bank notes and went to the market first in 1988 on the occasion of the bicentenary of Australia. In 1996, all banknotes in circulation in Australia were made because of that material, whose technology for use as a bank note was developed by the Australian Center for Industrial Research. Countries like Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua, among others, and also have plastic banknotes in circulation.

Today Honduras will present plastic banknote

Almost 22 years after the movement launched by the Federal Reserve Bank of Australia, plastic bill comes to Honduras.
The Central Bank board will make its official presentation today. It was in 1988 that the authorities of that country in Oceania launched this new kind of money.
The notes are made of a plastic called biaxially oriented polypropylene, which ensures durability, quality, high cost-effectiveness and the highest incorporation of anti-counterfeiting measures.
He tried to know the name or names of plastic banknotes circulate in Honduras, but authorities declined to speak on the subject. It ruled that the ticket polypropylene is the 100 or 500 lempiras least one new 1,000 lempiras.
Then the new ticket will be 1, 2, 5, 10 or 50 Lempiras. Of all the denominations of notes on paper, the Central Bank recorded the highest monetary emission are 100 and 500 Lempiras.
Among Latin American countries where plastic is used ticket mentioned Mexico and Chile. In CA, Guatemala and Nicaragua used tickets with plastic-like material.


Paraguay prepare commemorative coins

lunes, 11 de enero de 2010

The Central Bank of Paraguay (BCP) prepares for the 2011 issuance of coins commemorating the bicentennial of the Republic.
For this purpose called competition for the design of these coins.
In this context received about 30 designs, which will reward the two best options. Both the winners and their designs will be released today by the Central, in a ceremony to be held at the premises of the Central Bank.
The second phase would be the process of coinage, to be issued in 2011.
Three types of coins will be issued by the BCP, the first in gold, whose value is estimated at approximately U.S. $ 200, the second in silver, which cost between $ 35 and $ 50, the third in an alloy yet to be determined, will cost about $ 20.

Salvation Army will auction gold coin

domingo, 10 de enero de 2010

The Salvation Army this holiday season received the first gold coin donation in five years and will auction the Canadian currency online beginning next week.
The $50 Canadian gold piece - an ounce of gold in weight with a stamp of a maple leaf on one side - was deposited Christmas Eve in the red kettle outside Schnuck's grocery store off University Street.
"Last time we got a gold coin, it was a krugerrand," said Rich Draeger of the Salvation Army Heartland division, who also noted that this coin was the first in his 11 years with the organization that was not a krugerrand.
"The bell ringer didn't even know," Draeger said.
The donation capped a successful red kettle campaign for the year, though the overall Tree of Lights campaign continues through February. As of Jan. 4, the campaign had raised just more than $1.12 million, or 83 percent of the $1.35 million goal.
"Kettles have done very well," Draeger said. "They finished ahead of where they were last year."
And that total will get a bit of a boost from the gold coin.
The Heartland division of the Salvation Army will initiate a 10-day online auction of the gold piece Monday.
"It's a one-ounce gold coin, so we're going to start the bidding at the amount of an ounce of gold," Draeger said.
A picture of the coin will be posted on the Web site for the Heartland division Saturday. That site can be accessed at
Bidding will begin at 9 a.m. Monday and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday until Jan. 20. Bids will not be accepted on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Jan. 18.
Draeger said the current bid for the coin will be updated every hour. Bids can be called in to 655-1341.

Town in Chile outraged by a banknote new design.

viernes, 8 de enero de 2010

Chile. The people and authorities of Ninhue, a small town in the province of Ñuble in the Bío Bío region, are outraged after learning that the new bill design of 10 thousand dollars does not include what they consider their greatest pride: the Casona de San Agustin de Punual, birthplace of national hero Arturo Prat Chacón.

The mayor of the commune say they feel discriminated against in the new Central Bank's decision. "As we are a small community and we consider changing the house where he was born Arturo Prat for a landscape that has nothing to do with his legacy would have been preferable to put a picture of Iquique, where the greatest hero born lived his quest Ninhue glorious, "said the mayor. Moreover, the historian Iribarren Fabian says the change in the bill was not successful because "violates the heritage of Chile." "Tourists who come display a ticket of 10 thousand dollars and take as the background was the house that Prat and now can not do. You lose a landmark tour, "he said Iribarren. The new bill, which will begin masificarse in March this year, has the replacement of the manor, Agostino Albert Park located in Patagonia, which the Central Bank decided to privilege the emblematic figures of our nation and the outstanding places national geography

New euros in Spain

jueves, 7 de enero de 2010

The Real Casa de la Moneda (Spain mint) minted collection of 10 and 12 euros in value to commemorate the Spanish presidency of the Europe Union during the first half of 2010, according to a ministerial decree published today in the Bulletin Oficial of State. According to the order of 16 December the Ministry of Finance to the National Factory authorized to issue, mint and put into circulation commemorative coins for the first three months of next year.
The coins will be minted by the State in that body, to be delivered to the Bank of Spain to distribute the pieces to this credit institutions which request. The obverse of the coins are played effigies of the Kings and superimposed on the back include a cross strokes symbolizing the union flag on the logo created for the presidency of Spain. The parts of the face value of 12 euros will have a composition of 925 parts per thousand silver and copper, weighing 18 grams, a diameter of 33 mm and a circular edge.
The € 10 will also be composed of silver and copper, but will be larger -40 mm in diameter, weighed 27 grams and will have the canto striatum. According to sources told Efe the National Mint, the two pieces are "legal tender", but may be paid to them only in Spain, as they have no validity in the rest of the eurozone. Citizens wishing to dispose of these items should apply to financial institutions.
The currency face value of 10 euros is aimed at collecting, why minted only 10,000 units and were sold to the public for 44 euros. 12 euro coins, however, will cost the same as their face value, and although they are "in circulation, people tend to save rather than use them to make payments as" previously have shown interest in them having had that request them, "these sources said. According to the ministerial decree, the maximum number of pieces that can be 12 euro coin is two million, although that amount may be increased or reduced, "according to market demand.

Chile: New 10000 pesos banknote

miércoles, 6 de enero de 2010

The central bank president Jose De Gregorio, accompanied by the treasurer manager, Ivan Montoya, today present the new look of the 10 thousand pesos banknote, which began circulating on 3 March.
The newly designed paper money remains the figure of Arturo Prat, albeit with a revamped image in blue tones characteristic of the denomination.
The change is the second step in the gradual process of replacement of domestic banknote, which began last September with the replacement of paper currency of 5,000 pesos.
Besides the cosmetic changes and paper, the renovation includes new security measures to the new banknotes.
In this case, the paper shows on its face in bold relief printing and a transparent window with a picture and a number that will be incomplete in each of the faces, but looking to the light will appreciate the complete number.
In total, the renovation of the 5 tickets (20 mil, 10 mil, 5 thousand, 2 thousand and 1,000 pesos) 2 years long in total.The proposed change of the ticket family sued a total investment of 700 thousand dollars in 3 years, including the hiring of international experts.

Kazakhstan Issues Money Marking OSCE Chair

martes, 5 de enero de 2010

The Kazakh National Bank today issued a banknote dedicated to the country's 2010 chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.A commemorative 1,000-tenge ($6.74) bill features the national emblem, a decorative pattern of flying birds, and a holographic image of the Baiterek monument in the capital, Astana. The reverse side shows the presidential palace, Akorda, and a bird with the 2010 inscription. The bank said it has issued 10 million of the banknotes. Kazakhstan took over the OSCE chairmanship from Greece in January. When bidding for the OSCE chair, Kazakhstan promised to liberalize its laws on elections, the media, and political parties to bring them closer to democratic standards, but critics say reforms have been cosmetic. Human rights organizations say Kazakhstan is unfit to lead an organization devoted to promoting democracy. Among others they cited the case of activist Yevgeny Zhovtis -- the director of the nongovernmental Kazakh Bureau for Human Rights who was sentenced in September to four years in jail for involvement in a deadly traffic accident -- saying it was politically motivated. Kazakhstan, the first ex-Soviet republic to assume the OSCE chairmanship, has never held an election judged free and fair by Western monitoring organizations. The lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament contains the members of just one party, President Nursultan Nazarbaev's Nur-Otan.

Rare Canadian penny fetches $402,500 US

lunes, 4 de enero de 2010

A rare Canadian penny billed as "the king of Canadian coins" was purchased for $402,500 US at a New York auction Sunday.
The famed 1936 Canadian "Dot Cent" was the highlight of a group of coins billed as the single most substantial collection of Canadian coins ever offered at public auction.
Heritage Auction, which ran the sale, had predicted the penny would fetch at least $300,000.
A blogger at predicted the sale would "change the face of the Canadian numismatic market as a host of coins that have not seen the open market in years make their way back into the general coin collecting populace."

The penny is rare because it's one of only three known 1936-dated Canadian cents struck by the Royal Canadian Mint with a small but distinctive dot below the date to indicate it actually was made in 1937.
The penny bears the image of King George V, who died in January 1936 but coins with his image continued to be made that year.
When George's successor, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne in December of the same year, the coin-making dies prepared for 1937 with Edward's image were no longer valid.
The mint experimented with 1936-dated coins struck in 1937 with a dot added to the design to distinguish them from coins struck earlier.
Dot Cents were long considered unavailable as all three were held by noted American numismatist John Jay Pittman, who paid $250 for them in 1954.
They were auctioned off after his death in 1996.

History helped coin collector’s hobby

domingo, 3 de enero de 2010

Calling all coin collectors. Oklahoma Numismatic Association President Gary Parsons, an avid collector of historical coin and script, is working to organize other collectors in Southeast Oklahoma who share his passion.“We’re trying to get a club started in Southeast Oklahoma,” Parsons said. “McAlester just seems like a logical base.”Parsons has an extensive currency collection himself, and would like nothing more than to provide a new venue for coin collecting, especially in an area so rich in history.“It’s all about promoting the hobby and its clubs around the state,” he continued. “This is the only quadrant in the state that doesn’t have a club.”Parsons has been working on starting a club here for the past few months, calling people with contacts and trying to build a network.“At this point I’ve got about 10 people firmly committed,” Parsons said. “What we’re hoping is that we can get established and grow enough that we could eventually do a show at the Expo.” Currently there are two major shows in Oklahoma. One in Oklahoma City in May, and one in Tulsa in the fall. Clubs organize the shows to which they invite dealers, and collectors have the opportunity to expand their collections.“I’m a collector, not a dealer,” Parsons said. “I got involved in the hobby when I was about 11. I’m 66 now. It’s just a clean, fascinating, interesting hobby, especially if you like history – or even art. There’s an artistic side to the metals of the coins, and even the notes.”Parsons continued to say that Southeast Oklahoma, McAlester in particular, has an interesting history, especially where coins and currency are concerned, and he has examples to illustrate.“I have a Hailey Coal & Mining Co. 10 cent note from the Indian Territory,” he said proudly. “Signed by Mr. Hailey himself.”In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the mining industry issued its own paper money and tokens to be used as currency by the families it employed, according to Parsons.“Being in isolated areas, the mines had company stores for the families to get necessities,” he explained. “So they made their own notes and tokens. The note I have was circulated around the turn of the century, before statehood, in 1905 or so.”Parsons also owns tokens from the mercantile store owned and operated in North Town by J.J. McAlester, for whom the town is named.While Parsons is a serious collector with a significant investment in his hobby, he knows there must be people in the area who have valuable currency from days gone by that have been passed down through the generations.“I like to be involved in bringing some history to light,” he said. “I’d like to work with the Indian tribes, not for commercial reasons, but because it’s interesting history. What I’m interested in is the collecting of old money and money substitutes.“The Indian tribes had mediums of exchange, they bartered, but they had scripts, too, and tokens. I’d like to find out about what they’ve got, advise them on preserving it, and preserve the history. We’d like to see the historical society involved, as well.”An organizational meeting of the future club is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the McAlester Public Library.

By Mandy Carter

New Turkish Lira is history, banknote circulation to be stopped today

sábado, 2 de enero de 2010

New Turkish lira (YTL) banknotes are set to be withdrawn from circulation completely today. The YTL banknotes were legal tender along with the Turkish lira and kuruş until today
The YTL banknotes can be redeemed for a period of 10 years, until Dec. 31, 2019, at branches of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. YTL banknotes will be worthless as of Jan. 1, 2020.
Turkey switched to the new Turkish lira, dropping six zeros from its banknotes, on Jan. 1, 2005, in anticipation of a decline in inflation in the country. The central bank dropped the “new” in YTL and the new Turkish kuruş (YKr) to introduce a new currency at the beginning of January 2009 in a move that would restore the traditional Turkish currency, the Turkish lira (TL). The Turkish lira was temporarily removed from circulation in 2005 when the YTL went into circulation.

Turkmenistan circulates new 1 and 2 manat coins

New coins in the denomination of 1 and 2 manat were put into circulation in Turkmenistan starting from January 1, 2010 as part of the monetary reform. According to the Turkmen State News Agency citing the Central Bank of Turkmenistan, new bimetallic coins were minted by the Royal Mint of Great Britain.
A 1 manat coin with a diameter of 27 mm weighs 9.5 g. A 2 manat coin with a diameter of 28 mm weighs 11 g. New coins have a high degree of protection. They are durable and easy to use, and their design is noted for originality and conformity with national and historical traditions of the Turkmen people. It should be recalled that last year, in the framework of economic and financial reform, Turkmenistan completed the first phase of re-denomination of the national currency - manat, whose denomination decreased in the ratio of 5000 to 1. In 2009, old and new money circulated in parallel. In 2010, all banks of Turkmenistan will be exchanging old manats for new ones.