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New Silver Coin dedicated to the Anniversary of 100 Years since the First Congress of Economists in Romania

The National Bank of Romania will put into circulation a new silver coin dedicated to the anniversary of 100 years since the initiation of the first Congress of Economists in Romania.

Coin technical details:

  • Face value: lei 10
  • Metal: silver
  • Fineness: 925‰
  • Shape: round
  • Diameter: 37 mm
  • Weight: 31.103 g
  • Quality: proof
  • Edge: milled

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Obverse: the depiction of the statue of Mercury, the patron god of commerce, on the main façade of the Old Palace of the National Bank of Romania, the coat of arms of Romania, the face value “10 LEI”, the inscription “ROMANIA” in an arc and the year of issue “2013”.

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Reverse: the portraits and names of three renowned economists ranking among the initiators of the Congress of Economists: Ion Răducanu, Virgil N. Madgearu and Ion N. Angelescu, “1913”, the year of the celebrated event, and the inscription “INITIEREA PRIMULUI CONGRES AL ECONOMISTILOR” in an arc.

New Canadian Stamp Issue Dedicated to Robertson Davies

Canada Post announced they will issue a new stamp on August 28th, dedicated to the Canadian writer Robertson Davies.

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The stamp illustrates a portret by Yousuf Karsh, framing an all-knowing academic figure, with his trademark beard worthy of a mythic god.

Robertson Davies was a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, being one of Canada’s best known and most popular authors, and one of the most distinguished “men of letters”. Davies was also the founding master of Massey College, a graduate residential college associated to the University of Toronto.

Estonian Post Will Issue a New Stamp: St Catherine’s of Võru

Estonian Post announced a new stamp issue on July 24th dedicated to St Catherine’s of Võru church.


St Catherine’s of Võru was built in the years 1788–1792, being a contemporary with the city, and was finished on July 24, 1793. The church has two tower clocks – the smaller one weighing 460 and the bigger one 850 kg. In 2013 it is also the centenary of its organ built by the Kriisa brothers. Services are held inside the church on every Sunday and on at all the major festivities. St Catherine’s of Võru has also been included in the Travellers’ Churches program.

Stamp Technical Details:

Price: 0.45
Date: 24.07.2013
Designer: Riho Luuse
Quantity issued: 50 000
Sheets: 5 X 5
Perforation: 13¾ : 14
Print: ofset
Printing house: AS Vaba Maa

US Post Issues a New Stamp Series: New England Coastal Lighthouses

United States Postal Services announced  the issuance on Saturday, July 13,  of the New England Coastal Lighthouse Forever stamps.

The sixth issuance in the lighthouse series features five New England Coastal Lighthouses: Portland Head (Cape Elizabeth, ME); Portsmouth Harbor (New Castle, NH); Boston Harbor (Boston, MA); Point Judith (Narragansett, RI) and New London Harbor (New London, CT).

Portland Head

Portland Head was established in 1791, being Maine’s oldest lighthouse.


Portsmouth Harbor

Although citizens of Portsmouth Harbor had demanded a lighthouse as early as 1721, only 50 years later the Portsmouth Harbor’s first beacon was lit.


Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor Light it’s North America’s first true light station. It was built in 1716 because of the city’s business community urging.


Point Judith

Point Judith Lighthouse guards a dangerous area of the Atlantic, this area seeing many shipwrecks, even after the addition of the lighthouse.


New London Harbor

New London Harbor is Connecticut’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, originally established in 1761.


New 100 Taka Commemorative Banknote Issued by Bangladesh

On July 9th, Bangladesh released into circulation a new 100 taka commemorative banknote, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Bangladesh National Museum.bangladesh100

Bangladesh National Museum is one of the largest museums in South Asia, having archaeology, classical, decorative and contemporary art, history, natural history, ethnography and world civilization sections. It’s splendid collections range in date from prehistory to the present time and are very rich in stone, metal and wooden sculptures, in gold, silver and copper coins, in stone inscriptions and copperplates and in terracottas and other artifacts of archaeological interest. The Museum is known for its collection of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin and works of other contemporary artists and also for illustrating the freedom struggle culminating in the liberation of Bangladesh.

New Commemorative Coins Issued in Ukraine: 1025th Anniversary of Christianization of Kyivan Rus

On July 3rd, the National Bank of Ukraine put into circulation 3 new commemorative coins dedicated to the 1025th Anniversary of Christianization of Kyivan Rus, having the face values of 100, 20 and 5 hryvnia.

 The commemorative coins celebrate the introduction of Christianity as the state religion, which happened in the time of Prince Volodymyr the Great. According to the chronicles, the mass baptism of the Kyivan population took place in 988 at the spot where the Pochaina River fell into the Dnieper River. After this, Christianity became a dominant religion in the Kyivan Rus.

Coins technical details:

100 hryvnia:

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Material: gold (900 fineness)
Quality: proof
Weight: 31.1 g
Diameter: 32.0 mm
Mintage: 1025 pieces

20 hryvnia:

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Material: silver
Quality: special uncirculated
Weight: 62.2 g
Diameter: 50.0 mm
Mintage: 3500 pieces

5 hryvnia:

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Material: German silver
Quality: special uncirculated
Weight: 16.54 g
Diameter: 35.0 mm
Mintage: 30000 pieces



Central Bank of Ireland Issued 2 New Collector Coins dedicated to John F. Kennedy

The Central Bank of Ireland launched on June 27th two collector coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland.

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A €10 Silver Proof coin and a €20 Gold Proof coin have both been issued. The coins depict an iconic portrait of John F. Kennedy, the first President of the United States represented on an Irish coin. The silver coin is available individually and also in a set together with the gold one.

The Central Bank Director of Financial Operations, Maurice McGuire, said at the coins launch: “It is very appropriate that we launch this coin in New Ross today because it was on this very day fifty years ago that the President made the historic visit to his ancestral home, which has had such a lasting impact on the people of Ireland.”

Both coins were designed by Tom Fitzgerald and have a mintage of 35,000 units (25,000 units of the €10 silver coin and 10,000 units of the €20 gold coin).


The Central Bank of Uzbekistan Will Issue New 5000 Sum Banknote

Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan will issue on July 1st a new banknote having the face value of 5000 sum.


The banknotes are made on security paper, measuring 144 x 78 mm. On the white box on the right side of the banknote, there is a watermark in the form of a coat of arms of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the number “5000”. On the left side of the white box located there’s a holographic effect. In the background on the left side there are some ornamental elements, containing the emblem of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Along with the cash in circulation,  the banknotes of 5000 sum must be accepted at their face value for all kinds of payments, by all business entities and by the public, without any restrictions.

The official exchange rate on June 28th is 2077.00 sum / $1.

United States Post Stamp Issue Dedicated to Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash (Forever) stamp is being issued this year by United States Post as part of the exciting new Music Icons stamp series.


Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He is primarily remembered as a country music icon, but his songs and sound spanned other genres including rock and roll, blues, folk, and gospel.

Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice and for his dark performance clothing, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”. He usually began his concerts with the phrase “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”, followed by his standard “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Resembling the appearance of a 45 rpm record sleeve, the square stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez during the photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963).

Central Bank of Malta issues new Euro Coin Set dated 2013

The Central Bank of Malta will issue on June 24th a new euro coin set dated 2013. The set contains the eight Maltese euro coins as well as a €2 coin, commemorating the 1921 Constitution that granted self-government to Malta.



All coins are struck at the Royal Dutch Mint. The euro coins are designed by Noel Galea Bason while the €2 coin is designed by Ganni Bonnici.

The set will also includes a replica coin from the Byzantine period and comes packed in a distinctive presentation box. The mintage is limited to 35.000 sets.


The sets may be purchased from the Malta Coins Distribution Centre of the Central Bank of Malta or from the bank’s website.