'200th anniversary of the formation of Filiki Eteria'
Filiki Eteria (Society of Friends) was a secret 19th century organization whose purpose was to overthrow the Ottoman rule of Greece and establish an independent Greek state. Society members were mainly young Phanariot Greeks from Russia and local chieftains from Greece. The Society initiated the Greek War of Independence in the spring of 1821.
(news and image from Pabitra Saha)
(historical data from Wikipedia)
New East Timor subtypes of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos exist with different mint mark, and also with considerable different denomination numerals: the new series shows thick and bold figures, while the previous ones showed thinner numerals.
The 5 and 10 centavos from 2011 exist in both varieties, the new thicker 25 and 50 centavos only exist for year 2013.
Old issues bear a small letter C at left of the date. New issues bear a small BCTL at left of date (for Cental Bank of Timor Leste).
Upper row shows the existing previous designs. Bottom row shows the new strikes, with bolder numerals:
To commemorate the visit of Pope Francis, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas announced the issuance of limited edition 50 piso and 500 piso papal coins. Both coins are legal tender and will be sold for P100.00 and P1,000.00 respectively. The coins are minted under a licensing agreement with the Vatican.
The 50 piso commemorative coin for Pope Francis is made of Nickel Brass while the 500 piso is made of Nordic Gold with gold plating.
Weight: 8.10 g
Diameter: 26.50 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Material: three layer clad construction: pure copper sandwiched between and metallurgically bonded to outer layers of manganese brass
These are the next 5 quarters of this series for 2015:
Homestead National Monument of America (NEBRASKA)
Kisatchie National Forest (LOUISIANA)
Blue Ridge Parkway (NORTH CAROLINA)
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (DELAWARE)
Saratoga National Historical Park (NEW YORK)