Category: 2012 News

A new €50 World Design Capital Helsinki coin has been released by Mint of Finland during World Money Fair in Berlin. The 50 euros gold and silver coin minted to commemorate Helsinki as a 2012 World Design Capital awarded by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Only 5,000 pieces of this coins are minted by the Mint and it came with a beautiful gift package. The collector coin marking this momentous year has been designed by the designer Henna Lamberg. A 5 euro Aluminium-Bronze metal coin with the same design also has been released.

On the obverse show alternative smooth and uneven surfaces including triangular and peaked effects that give it a distinctive look and tactile attributes resulting in a three-dimensional appearance. The text on the coin reads “WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL HELSINKI 2012” and is placed around the inner disc which is off-center. The Mint’s logo appears towards the end of the legend.

On the reverse show an opposite illustration of the center disc as seen on the obverse and also includes the coin’s denomination positioned at the top along with free-style and directional linear additions all around the center disc which are recessed into the silver ring. The text “SUOMI FINLAND” is also seen towards the lower portion.

Technical Specifications:
Nominal value: 50 €
Metal: Ag 925/Au 750
Diameter: 27,25 mm
Weight: 10,8 g
Mintage: 5000
Designer: Henna Lamberg
Issue date: 3.2.2012
Year:  2012
Quality: Proof
Price: 430.00 €

If you’re interested on buying the coin, you can visit Mint of Finland at

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Blooomberg Editorial

My Humble Opinion:

Those f….king capitalists…

People may be suffering but all they care about is the stock market

Read this short piece of a Bloomberg Editorial for example…

“The possibilities range from runs on European banks to violent rioting in the streets of Athens — or even civil war… a prepackaged, well-managed bankruptcy, not unlike the ones arranged by the Obama administration for General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC in 2009, would be better than letting the chips fall where they may.”

The designs of the Portugal 2012 CuNi commemoratives are ready:

2.50 euros “Great painters: José MalhoaSPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Mintage: 100 000
Artists: Paula Lourenço
Issue date: april 2012

2.50 euros “London Olympic Games

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Mintage: 300 000
Artists: José João de Brito
Issue date: may 2012

5 euros “Numismatic treasures: “a peça” of king John V

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Weight: 14.00 g
Mintage: 150 000
Artists: Rui Vasquez
Issue date: september 2012

10 euros “20th Anniversary of Iberoamerican series

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Weight: 27.00 g
Mintage: 100 000
Artists: Espiga Pinto
Issue date: october 2012

2.50 euros “Unesco World Heritage: Historical center of Guimarães

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Mintage: 100 000
Artists: António Marinho
Issue date: november 2012

(information and images from the Portugal Mint)

LINK: Casa da Moeda

Austria 2012 – 25 Euro Coin

On the 22th of Februry the new 25 euro coin from Austria is expected. It will have a diameter of 34,00mm, weighting 16.5 grams. Its composition will be an alloy of Silver and Niobium. Its mintage quantity will be 65.000 coins while its theme will be Bionics. Check the picture for one of the most beautiful coin designs seen over the last years.

In February 2012 Slovakia will issue the first blister for 2012 including apart from the 8 regular euro coins, the common european commemorative 2 euro coin, celebrating 10 years of eurocoins circulation. The price is unknown at the time (an estimate is 20 euros) but the tirage will be 6.000 pieces !!!!!!!!!!