Information from Wolfgang Schuster: this new Iranian coin has been issued on 27-08-2015 and commemorates the birthday of Imam Reza (the 8th Imam of Shia). It shows the holy shrine in Mashad, where he has his tomb.
A friend of mine asked me about this piece that needs identification. Can you help?
Comments from Wolfgang Schuster's sources: it is absolutely clear that the piece was fabricated quite recently, either as a souvenir for tourists or a fake for cheating collectors. Its legends representing wildly distorted kufic style a certain 'dinar struck at Miknasah (?) in year 497 (or 499)', crudely copying the popular gold issues of Almoravid 'Ali b. Tashufin (compare with http://www.zeno.ru/showgallery.php?cat=927), so both the style and technique features obviously betray a modern hand, perhaps diligent and accurate but absolutely illiterate in medieval arabic writing.
New bimetallic circulating commemorative announced:
"Centenary of the 1916 Rising"
The coin mark the first time Ireland will issue its own commemorative €2 circulation coin. The design depicts the statue of Hibernia, the historic personification of Ireland, on top of Dublin's GPO which was the headquarters of the provisional government during the Rising.
External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Designer: Emmet Mullins
Mintage: 4.5 million
Release date: january 2016
Proof silver and gold collector coins with a different design (by Michael Guilfoyle) will be available by march 2016.
Composition: Silver .925
Shape: round, of two detachable halves
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 31.47 g
Mint: UAB Lietuvos monetu kalykla (Lithuania)
Artists: Arta Ozola-Jaunaraja (graphic design) and Ligita Franckevica (plaster model)
There are nine different credit-card-type packs to collect, each representing the nine sports at the 2015 Games: aquatics, athletics, rugby 7s, archery, boxing, weightlifting, tennis, lawn bowls and squash.
(news and image by Pabitra Saha)
Composition: Ni plated steel
Diameter: 24.20 mm
Weight: 5.47 g
Mint: Royal Australian Mint