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2018 World Coin Commemoratives: Spain and Poland

100th Anniversary of Polish Independence

By Mint of Poland ……
The 5 zloty commemorative coin issued by the Mint of Poland is but one element of the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. The National Bank of Poland and the Mint have issued this unique 5-zloty in a symbolic circulation of 38,424,000 pieces, equal to the current population of the Republic of Poland.

The reverse and the obverse of the 5-zloty jubilee does not differ much from the standard ones. What makes it unique is the inscription “100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence”. It is expected that they will remain in circulation for at least several dozen years. Commemorative issues account for 10% of all five-zloty coins introduced into general circulation. The effort is all part of the Mint’s desire to place the coin into the hands of every Pole.

The 5 zloty coin is also a preview of subsequent issues of commemorative money. To celebrate the events of 100 years ago, the bank and the mint will release a coin with an unusual denomination of PLN 2018 (with a mintage of 1918 pieces) and occasional monies and stucco coins, as well as a banknote.

The production of all coins was entrusted to the Mint of Poland, which this year has already begun the commemorative series devoted to, among others, the Polish national team taking part in the Winter Games in Pyongsang and one of the fathers of the modern Polish economy, Fryderyk Skarbek.

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100 Years Since the End of World War I

By National Bank of Romania ……
As of 29 May 2018, the National Bank of Romania has put into circulation, for numismatic purposes, a gold coin dedicated to 100 years since the end of World War I.

The coin has the following characteristics:

  • Metal: gold
  • Face value: lei 100
  • Fineness: 900‰
  • Diameter: 21 mm
  • Weight: 6.452 g
  • Quality: proof
  • Edge: milled

Obverse: The commemorative cross of Romanian heroes of World War I on Caraiman Peak, the inscription “ROMANIA” in an arc, the face value “100 LEI”, the coat of arms of Romania and the year of issue “2018”.

Reverse: the scene of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria riding into Bucharest; the inscriptions “100 DE ANI DE LA INCHEIEREA PRIMULUI RAZBOI MONDIAL” and “1918”.

The gold coins are individually housed in transparent plastic capsules and are accompanied by leaflets featuring a presentation of the numismatic issue in Romanian, English and French. Each leaflet comes with a certificate of authenticity bearing the signatures of the Governor and the Chief Cashier of the National Bank of Romania.

The mintage of this issue is 250 gold coins.

The selling price is lei 1,705.00, VAT excluded, per gold coin, including the leaflet.

The gold coin dedicated to 100 years since the end of World War I is legal tender within the territory of Romania.

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800 Years of the University of Salamanca

By Real Casa de la Moneda ……
On the occasion of the 800th centenary of the creation of the University of Salamanca, the Royal Mint of Spain has prepared a sterling silver commemorative coin in proof with a denomination of 10 euros, which is already available to the public.

The obverse reproduces the portrait to the left of His Majesty the King Don Felipe SAW. On the back, an image of the Plateresque facade of the University building
at Salamanca. On the right, in two lines, are the years 1218 and 2018. At the top of the coin is the legend University of Salamanca.

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