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On the Obverse of this coin, is depicted a present day tunnel boring machine positioned within the ice-blue Niobium core. Three arrows show the rotating motion of the machine. The outer silver ring shows the mountains which the machine is making a tunnel in. Also mentioned on this face is the denomination of the coin “25 EURO” and the year of issue o the left and the country’s name “REPUBLIK OSTERREICH” (meaning “Republic of Austria”).
The Obverse of the Coin has the relief image of the Republic of Belarus’ Coat of Arms on top. On the centre of this face is a geometric design, the basis of which forms a pattern symbolising wealth, well-being and a fruitful beginning which contributes to the growth of profit and prosperity in Belarus’ economy. On the outer top periphery, the inscription is “The Republic of Belarus” (in Russian). On the lower periphery, the year of issue “2013” is mentioned on the left, in the centre is mentioned the denomination of the coin “1 Rouble” (in Russian).
The Obverse of the coin design highlights one of Joyce’s most familiar traits of his appearance, which is his round wire-framed spectacles, with a modern stylised image of Joyce himself. The many titles authored by him seem to be “pouring out of the top of his head” in hand written script. The EUROPA star is placed towards the right hand periphery. Just below the EUROPA star is mentioned the denomination of the coin “10 EURO”.
The EUROPA Coin Programme logo
This is an initiative for issuing collector-oriented legal tender coins in precious metals to celebrate the European identity. The issuing authorities of European Union member countries voluntarily contribute coins the the Europa Coin Programme which began in 2004. Some coins are denominated in Euros while others may be denominated in other currencies. The criteria includes these coins to be at least .900 fine silver and to be minted in Proof quality. The coins must show the “Eurostar logo” distinctly and be visible to the naked eye, but not be an integral to the coin’s design.
The Obverse of this coin shows an engraving of the 1932 portrait of George Washington (designed by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model), facing left. On the upper periphery of the coin is the name of the country “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. On the lower periphery of the coin is mentioned the denomination of the coin “QUARTER DOLLAR”. Towards the left periphery is the word “LIBERTY” and towards the right periphery is the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST”.
Further below is engraved the initials of the mint “D” (for Denver Mint), (while the coins issued from Philadelphia mint have the mint mark “P”. “Uncirculated” quality coins have also been issued from the Denver & Philadelphia mints, while “Proof” Quality coins bearing the mint mark “S” have been issued by the San Francisco Mint.
The Reverse of this coin This design has been inspired by photos of men who are adding the finishing touches to Thomas Jefferson’s face.
Mount Rushmore has earlier featured on three 1991 Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Commemorative Coins and on the 2006 South Dakota quarter issued under the 50 State Quarters Programme.
This new design is distinctly different and offers a unique and educational perspective on how Mount Rushmore was created and sculpted. The inscriptions on the periphery of the reverse face are “MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2013” and “E.PLURIBUS UNUM” (“One out of many”).
The specifications of this coin are:
Metal Composition: Copper: 91.67%, Nickel 8.33% Weight: 5.567 gms; Size (Diameter): 0.955 inch (24.3 mm); Edge: Reeded; Mints: Denver, Philadelphia.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, USA. The Memorial is located 23 miles southwest of Rapid City.
It was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum. Mount Rushmore features 60 foot (18m) granite sculptures of the heads of four US Presidents Presidents George Washington (1st President), Thomas Jefferson (3rd President), Abraham Lincoln (16th President), Theodore Roosevelt (26th President). The sculptures are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall. That makes each head as tall as a six-storey building.
The entire Memorial covers 1278.45 acres (5.17 km) and is 5725 feet (1745 m) above sea level.
From 04.10.1927 to 31.10.1941 about 400 workers worked hard at building the Memorial. Workers had to endure conditions varying from blazing hot to bitter cold and windy. They had to climb 700 steps to the top of the mountain from where 3/8 inch thick steel cables would lower them over the front of the 500 foot face of the mountain in a “bosun chair”.
About 90% of the mountain was carved by placing charges of dynamite of specific sizes to remove precise amounts of rock. Dynamite was used until only three to six inches of rock was left to remove to get to the final carving surface. At this point, the drillers and assistant carvers drilled holes into the granite very close together in a “honeycombing” pattern.
After the honey combing operation, the workers smoothed the surface of the faces with a hand facer or bumper tool and air hammers. As a last step, the bumper tool would even the granite, creating a smooth surface. Interestingly, no worker died during the carving.
The entire project cost a little less than US$ 100000.
Most Innovative Coin Category winner:
Mongolia – 2013 Mongolian Nature Wolf 500 Togrog Silver gilded coin
This Mongolian coin shows an extraordinary piece of minted silver. Through the use of modern cutting edge technology/method, a very advanced and innovative “cut-out” coin design has been created.
Canada - 2013 Fishing 3 dollar Silver Coin
The Royal Canadian Mint issued this coin which illustrates a favourite hobby of several people across the World – “fishing”.
This hobby is particularly prevalent during the summer afternoons. It is not uncommon even today to see signs on many doors of many small shops and offices in Canada, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard and Maritime Provinces saying “GONE FISHING” with the proprietors taking time off to relax and enjoy nature or simply to catch some fish for that evening’s supper.
On the Reverse of the coin is a father and son fishing from a dock with their pet dog sitting at their side. On the upper periphery is mentioned the name of the country “CANADA”. On the bottom periphery is mentioned the denomination of the coin “3 DOLLARS”. The year of issue is mentioned to the left of the father’s side “2013”.
On the obverse of the coin is carried a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
The specifications of this coin are:
Metal Composition: .999 silver; Weight: 7.9 gms.; Diameter: 27.00 mm;
Quality: (Reverse) Proof; Mintage 15000 pieces; Denomination: 3 dollars.
Posted on 04.02.2015:
The COTY Awards, on the Presentation/Display table, before they were awarded at the World Money Fair held in Berlin from 30.01.2015 to 01.02.2015.
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