So this is by no means a restart of this blog. In a perfect world I’d post regularly (not with years in between), but I simply lack time and motivation. I just had an observation that I’d like to share with the internet.
At the moment I’m writing an essay on the usage of history on the banknotes of post-independence Ukraine and today I, again, visited the royal coin cabinet of Stockholm. I was very happy to find a couple of coins from the medieval Kiev Rus’ era featuring to dudes which have returned in the modern era. The two coins above are from the 10th and 11th centuries and the feature the Rus’ princes Volodymyr (often called the great) and Yaroslav (the wise). To the right of the coins are portrays of the princes on the current edition of the Ukrainian hryvnia. It’s fascinating that a thousand years since these princes lived they still play an important role in the creation of a modern Ukrainian identity. It should of course be mentioned that they also play a huge role in the creation of modern Russian identity as well, even though I’ve yet to seen them on the ruble.
Who knows, maybe I’ll write some more in the future!
Filed under Coins, Culture
2012 was a year with grand sporting events. The greatest of them all, the Olympics, took place in London giving us many memorable moments. The opening show was one of the best TV moments of the year. And then the legend (and my favorite vocalist of all time) Freddie Mercury was resurrected during the closing ceremony. It was amazing. Of course, the Olympics brought us some sport as well. There were Bolt, Phelps and Farah, and they all did their part. Earlier that summer Poland and Ukraine hosted the 2012 UEFA European Football (soccer for you across the pond) Championship. This was also a huge sporting event, especially for us Europeans. Spain would eventually be the winner just as they were in 2008.
It’s not uncommon for these types of events to make their way onto coins. During 2012 I managed to get 3 coins connected to these events. And here they are!
This Ukrainian 1 hrivnja coin was minted the same year as the championships making it extra special. It features the logo of the Euro 2012, a flower consisting of three bulbs – the one in the center is a football and the two on its sides represent Poland and Ukraine (in color: Red & White, Blue & Yellow). By the logo you can also find something very odd and unusual for coins – a trade mark.
My two 50 pence coins from the United Kingdoms were both minted in 2011, but they’re commemorating the Olympics of 2012. They both feature the tiny logo of those Olympics and they represent one sport each. On the first one you have a man shooting a clay pigeon and the shattered pieces of it. On the other one (which is my favorite) you have the different stages of a basketball dunk. Stripes have been drawn across the coin’s surface and it’s also patterned to look like a basketball. I think that this is a very fun and unique coin!
I am quite over the moon today because the Riksbank of Sweden has unveiled the design for the new Swedish coins. For a couple of years it’s been clear that the coins are going to be changed and modernized, and so today we got the final design. Unfortunately I’ll have to wait to 2016 before I can start using them and collecting them.
The artistic theme of the coins is “Sun, wind and water”. Sun, wind and water ought to be things that all swedes like and it’s also a famous song by Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad (1956-1997), in Swedish it’s called Sol, vind och vatten. Intentionally or unintentionally – the coins also give a nice message of sustainability. Sun, wind and water is all sustainable sources of energy.
Besides the new design on the king (which is not final) the new 1 krona will also be in copper with stripes around the reverse side symbolizing sunrays.
A new 2 krona coin hasn’t been minted since 1971 (there’s hardly any 2 kronor in circulation). This new coin will be similar to the 1 krona but it will feature nice swirls of wind.
The new 5 krona will be in brass (like the 10 krona) and it will feature the king’s monogram instead of his picture. The coin will also have small waves of water on the reserve side.
The Swedish 10 krona will be left unchanged.
Overall I’m very pleased with this change. I was not entirely happy about the 1 krona being copper-colored instead of the traditional silver, but I like the new designs and the shiny copper surfaces. So, all in all, I can’t wait until 2016!
For a nice slideshow with comparison to the older coins, click here!
For more information on the new coins, click here!
(The pictures are from the Riksbank of Sweden.)