Uusimaa, or Nyland (both names mean "New Land") in Swedish, is a region in Finland. It borders the regions Finland Proper, Tavastia Proper, Päijänne Tavastia and Kymenlaakso. Finland's capital Helsinki and its second largest city Espoo are both located centrally in Uusimaa, making it by far the most populous region.
The Coat of Arms:
Core composition: CuNi
Ring composition: Nordic Gold
Diameter: 27.25 mm
Weight: 9.80 g
Designer: Nora Tapper
This is the fifth coin of the series "Wealth and Pride of Peru":
The Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a cloistered convent located in Arequipa, Peru. It was built in 1580 and was enlarged in the 17th century. The monastery is predominantly of the Mudejar style, and is characterised by the vividly painted walls.
The obverse or the front side of the coin has the crescent and a five-point star in the centre. The edge of the coin is marked by 60 beads while Islami Jamhooria Pakistan inscribed in Urdu can be read over the star.
The year 2011 is written under the crescent. The denomination 20, both in Urdu and English, flank the crescent.
The other side of the coin has the number 60 in bold font over which 2011 YEAR OF PAK CHINA FRIENDSHIP is written. A firm handshake can be seen under the number 60. The span of six decades signifying the long-lasting bond is referred to as '1951-2011' at the bottom.
Here is a better image, from eBay seller fdc4all:
Weight: 9.50 g
Diameter: 30.00 mm
(information by Aidan Work, Yahya Qureshi, Pabitra Saha and Michael Reissner)
"150th anniversary of Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko's death"
Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko was a Ukrainian poet, artist and humanist. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko also wrote in Russian and left many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.
Weight: 16.54 g
Diameter: 35.00 mm
Mintage: 35 000
(information by Gijs Vlothuizen)
(biographical data taken from Wikipedia)
Yesterday I got several pieces of this new circulating commemorative from India.
I could easily see that there are two varieties.
The reverses are exactly the same, both with Mumbai Diamond Mint mark, but there are two obverses, one with high detail (right) and the other one with that soft detail of some of the latest Indian coins (left):
The Bank of Israel is planning to change the country's current series of coins after 25 years, following a recent government decision to change all of the State's banknotes.
The decision is aimed at preventing forgeries, reducing the cost of the metal used to manufacture the coins (current production costs of the 10 agorot and 50 agorot coins are almost equal to their nominal value) and changing the current name "new Israeli shekel" to the previous name "shekel" on all new coins issued.
The plan is to issue a whole new series of coins with new designs, which have yet to be decided on. The central bank's advising committee will discuss the new design.
The new coins will enter circulation within 2-3 years.
A remarkable monument of Georgian architecture, the church of Saint George in Ilori (Ochamchire region), Abkhazia, was built in 11th century and represents one of the most important praying places for all of Georgia. Walls of the church bear several old Georgian inscriptions performed by Georgian orthodox believers of different generations.
On 8 March 2011, the world celebrated the centenary of International Women's Day. To recognise this milestone a special circulating 20c rolled coin has been produced by the Royal Australian Mint. This commemorative coin pays tribute to the past and future contributions of Australian women to the development of Australia's prosperity.
Some time ago, some sources mentioned this new circulating commemorative in Panama. 2 million Balboas were to be minted in 25 cents coins, with a Panama flag embossed color image superimposed on the "Palace of the Herons", the presidential building.
Updates from january 2013: Juan Carlos Jiménez, a well known expert on Panama coins tells that although the issue of this coin was planned (and even has a coinage law), it seems that has never been struck and he does not believe they will ever be issued, as other coin issues take precedence.
Only this low quality image is available right now:
(image by Michael Reissner)
(information from by numismaticworldnews.blogspot.com)
The real building, Palace of the Herons (Palacio de las Garzas):