Issue of the 2013 collector set of Cyprus euro coins

The Central Bank of Cyprus has recently announced the issue of a set of Cyprus euro coins in brilliant uncirculated condition and mint year 2013.
It will be the fourth in the series of Cyprus euro coin sets dedicated to the mosaics of Paphos, which are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

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Vatican – Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican - 5 Euro Silver Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican – 5 Euro Silver Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican - 10 Euro Gold Sede Vacante, 2013

Vatican – 10 Euro Gold Sede Vacante, 2013

On 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a “lack of strength of mind and body” due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294.

On 13 March 2013 the Conclave chose Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Francis) as the 266th Pope. To commemorate the transition of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City has the right to mint coins of Sede Vacante for the 13 days of vacancy of the Holy See. This tradition has historical roots in the fourteenth century, but became a custom starting from the death of Leo X in 1521.

In June 2013, the Vatican City will be issuing three commemorative coins to mark this occasion: 2 Euro BU (mintage 111,000), 5 Euro Silver Proof (mintage 7,000), and 10 Euro Gold Proof (mintage 5,000). Continue reading

The Hellenic Numismatic Program of 2013

The Ministry of Finance has recently announced the Hellenic Numismatic Program of 2013, which will include the following products:

Commemorative coins

  • Commemorative 2 Euro Coin UNC issued to celebrate the “2400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF PLATO’S ACADEMY”
  • Commemorative 2 Euro Coin UNC issued to celebrate the “100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNION OF CRETE WITH GREECE”
  • Collectors’ blister skin pack with the 2 Euro Commemorative Coin issued to celebrate the “2400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF PLATO’S ACADEMY”  (maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces)
  • Collectors’ blister skin pack with the 2 Euro Commemorative Coin issued to celebrate the “100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNION OF CRETE WITH GREECE” (maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces) Continue reading

Latvia applies to enter eurozone

euroToday, Latvia formally asked the Commission to deliver an extraordinary convergence report with the aim of joining the euro from 1st January 2014. The report will assess if the country has achieved the five convergence criteria as defined in the Maastricht Treaty for joining the euro. The criteria include a qualitative assessment of the structural sustainability of public finances in Latvia. Continue reading

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

beaQueen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced she is abdicating in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. In a pre-recorded address broadcast on TV, she said she would formally stand down on 30 April. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years and that now was “the moment to lay down my crown”. Continue reading