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The ferry Kong Frederik IX was built at Elsinore Shipyard. When it was put into service on 16 December 1954 it was the world's largest ferry. It served several routes e.g. between Denmark and Germany and across the Great Belt. In 1997 it was taken out of service and for a few years it served as a museum ferry at Nyborg. In 2005 the ferry was scrapped.
The Mint of Finland has announced the issue of a new collector coin which pays tribute to one of Finland's most well-known female entrepreneurs and founder of one of the country's largest clothing, textile and home furnishing companies. Armi Ratia (1912-1979) was the founder of Marimekko in 1951. She is remembered in Finland as both charismatic and very creative, which led to her substantial commercial success in Finland and internationally.
The obverse of the coin is the work of artist Kari Markkanen and depicts a candid and informal portrait of Armi Ratia. A series of wavy lines or stripes representative of some of Marimekko's well-known textile designs is seen behind the portrait. The reverse motif is designed by Maija Isola and includes a series of Marimekko's trademark flowers with the center flower depicted in vivid magenta and orange color.
(news and image by Pabitra Saha)
Material: Silver 925
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 25.50 g
Designer: Kari Markkanen & Maija Isola
BU mintage: 20 000
Proof mintage: 20 000
Paul Delvaux (23 September 1897 - 20 July 1994) was a Belgian painter, associated with Surrealism, famous for his paintings of female nudes in oniric landscapes. The coin bears his portrait, as well as a detail of his painting "The Canape Vert", from 1944:
The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italian State Mint) announced the issue of their latest coin which is part of the EUROPA series for 2012 which pays tribute to European Artists throughout the ages.
The coin's subject is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 - 1564), or known simply as Michelangelo. The world renowned sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer during the Italian Renaissance period exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo is most noted for having created two of the most influential works in fresco in history, the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504, is one of the most renowned works of the Renaissance.
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Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja both celebrate their 75th birthdays in 2012. To mark the occasion, Norges Bank will issue a commemorative silver coin.
King Harald celebrates his 75th birthday on 21st February, and Queen Sonja celebrates her 75th birthday on 4th July. King Harald succeeded his father, King Olav V, to the throne on 17 January 1991. The King and Queen were consecrated in Nidaros Cathedral on 23 June 1991. The King and Queen were married on 29 August 1968 in Oslo Cathedral and have two children, Princess Märtha Louise and Crown Prince Haakon.
The presentation box and certificate:
(news by Pabitra Saha)
Composition: silver .925
Weight: 16.85 g
Diameter: 32.00 mm
A unique collaboration between 14 European Union member states, the European Silver Programme is a series of commemorative 20 euro silver coins designed to celebrate common aspects of European identity. The theme chosen for 2012 is artists, which has provided the Austrian Mint with the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a painter who, along with his mentor Gustav Klimt, is the country's most internationally revered.
Often referred to as the "20th-century Mona Lisa", Portrait of Wally features his lover, Valerie Neuzil, who modeled for many of his controversial paintings and shared his life until he married a more socially acceptable woman. Painted in 1912, it now forms part of the collection of the Leopold Museum in Vienna, home of one of the world's most comprehensive Schiele collections. The picture is shown on the coin's reverse, while a portrait of the artist himself is depicted on its obverse.
With a maximum mintage of 50,000 in 900 silver Proof quality only, the coin comes in a protective box with slipcase.
(image by Pabitra Saha)
(information taken from the Austrian Mint)