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This Week in Numismatics - August 4th to 10th, 2013

This Week in Numismatics - August 4th to 10th, 2013

Andorra - Unveiling of the final graphics for the euro coin series. The series, which will be put into circulation on 1 January 2014, was appointed following a competition held in the spring. However, two differences can be found between the initial and final graphics: first, a small change was made in order to eliminate any element in the outer ring of 12 stars of the European Union. But the second is much more important: Christ Pantocrator was removed from the 10, 20 and 50 cents by the European Commission to meet the required standards of secularism. Only Santa Coloma Church (considered an architectural monument) remains on these three denominations.

Argentina - Entry into service of a commemorative 1 peso. It commemorates the bicentennial of the first coin of the country. This coin is almost completely identical to the regular one peso, with the exception of the double date (1813 - 2013) which is in the usual location of the normal date. Its mintage is unknown (help needed).

India - Minting of two commemorative 5 rupees. The first - dated 2012 - is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Kolkata Mint. The second - dated 2013 - commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Hindu philosopher and spiritual master Swami Vivekananda. No mintages were made public.

Vatican - Unveiling of two commemorative coins (5 and 100 euros). The 5-euro coin is sterling silver, commemorates the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, and has a mintage of 7,000. The 100 euro is 91.7% gold and has a mintage of just 999. It is dedicated to the Sistine Madonna, in the context of its 500th anniversary. Note that this will be the first coins to feature the new pope. They both will be issued on September 10, 2013.

Translation by dptashny

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