I wanted to share the arrival of a new world coin that I found particularly impressive. Struck by the Lithuanian Mint, the coin is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the 1863-1864 Uprising, also referred to as the January Uprising.
An image of the coin in hand is shown below. Click for a larger version.
The obverse design of the coin displays the coat of arms of the 1863-1864 Uprising, representing the three nations forming the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The eagle represents Poland, the knight on horseback known as Vytis represents Lithuania, and the Archangel Michael represents Ruthenia. The inscription above is “LIETUVA” (Lithuania) with the 2013 date, and below is “50 LITU” (50 Litas).
The reverse of the coin features the weapons of the insurgents, consisting mostly straightened scythes. An inscription above reads “1863-1864 SUKILIMAS” (the 1863-1864 Uprising).
What I liked about this coin was the striking and evocative nature of the design, which uses stark and uncluttered images to symbolically represent the uprising. Sometimes a single, striking image can convey much more than a detailed or literal interpretation.
Each coin is struck in .925 silver with a diameter of 38.61 mm and weight of 28.28 grams. The coin is indicated to be struck in proof quality, but the execution of the finish differs from a traditional proof. The swords on the reverse and partial borders around the images of the obverse are recessed below the surface of the coin and only these areas are mirrored. The remaining surfaces of the coin are lightly frosted with a satin-like finish.
The edge of the coin is lettered with the LAISVĖ*LYGYBĖ*NEPRIKLAUSOMYBĖ* (FREEDOM*EQUALITY*INDEPENDENCE).
The mintage for the coin is 3,000 pieces, which is lower than the mintage levels for some recent prior year commemoative silver coins from Lithuania.
This page on the website of the Central Bank of the Republic of Lithuania shows other recent issues and includes order forms for the coins. I am not sure which whether they will fulfill orders to other countries. I purchased my coin on eBay.
Bank of Canada Hoard 1912-1914 Gold Coins
There have been some reports that the Royal Canadian Mint has started to ship the 1912-1914 Gold Coins, which were offered for sale late last year from a hoard stored at the Bank of Canada for more than 75 years. The coins offered were classified as either “Premium Hand Selected” or “Hand Selected”.
Many readers were curious as to the quality of the coins for these categories and how the coins might grade numerically. If possible I would like to have a future post on World Mint News Blog which explores these issues.
Any readers who ordered the coins and have received them are invited to contact me to submit images and/or provide comments on the quality of the coins. If anyone plans to submit their coins for grading, it would also be interesting to see the results. Hopefully readers can submit some information and images for a forthcoming post. Thanks in advance!