China to issue new commemorative coins for 16th Asian Games

martes, 18 de mayo de 2010

The People's Bank of China, China's central bank, said Tuesday it will issue a second set of gold and silver coins to mark the 16th Asian Games to be held in southern China's Guangzhou Province in November.
In an announcement posted on its website, the central bank said the new commemorative series will consist of one gold coin and one silver coin which will be legal tender.
The coins will be issued from May 31.
The gold coin will have a diameter of 22 millimeters and the silver coin will have a diameter of 40 millimeters.
The gold coin will have a face value of 100 yuan and will contain one quarter of an ounce of gold. It will have a maximum circulation of 30,000.
The 40-mm silver coin will have a face value of 10 yuan and will contain an ounce of silver. It will have a maximum circulation of 60,000.
The central bank issued the Series I commemorative coins for the 16th Asian Games in July last year.
The 16th Asian Games will be held from Nov. 12 to 27 in Guangzhou, capital city of south China's Guangdong Province.
The Chinese capital city Beijing hosted the 11th Asian Games in 1990.

New coin exhibition opens in Athens

martes, 4 de mayo de 2010

People who have booked accommodation in Athens between now and December might find paying a visit to the city's Numismatic Museum and its new exhibition enjoyable.
Entitled Found underneath a tree root ... Ancient Greek Coin Hoards, the display features 21 separate coin piles from the gallery's collections dating from the 5th to the 1st century BC, reports.
In addition, it concentrates on the mythology surrounding these items, as well as the circumstances of their discovery and the reasons for their concealment, such as keeping savings during a time when there were no banks to look after money.
And those who do attend will be able to peruse medals, lead stamps, precious gems and books dedicated to history, archaeology and numismatics as well.
Another site of cultural significance is the Acropolis, which travel guide Spotted by Locals recently described as an "absolute must-see" for anyone on holidays in Athens.
It said this attraction will leave vacationers breathless and is most likely the greatest piece of historical evidence the world has to offer.

By Sarah Mutch