Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 10 Rupees 2001 VG
Front: Sinhalese Chinthe
Back: Presidential Secretariat building in Colombo

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 20 Rupees 2001 UNC
Front: Garuda (destroyer of snakes)
Back: Fishermen; sea shells

The Garuda is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. From an Indian perspective, Garuda is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila and the Brahminy kite is considered to be the contemporary representation of Garuda. Other nations adopt a more stylistic approach to the Garuda's depiction, where it depicts an eagle. In Hindu mythology, Garuda is a lesser Hindu divinity, usually the mount (vahanam) of Vishnu. The story of Garuda's birth and deeds is told in the first book of the great epic Mahabharata. According to the epic, when Garuda first burst forth from his egg, he appeared as a raging inferno equal to the cosmic conflagration that consumes the world at the end of every age. Frightened, the gods begged him for mercy. Garuda, hearing their plea, reduced himself in size and energy. Also according to the Mahabharata, Garuda had six sons from whom were descended the race of birds. In Buddhist mythology, the garuḍas (Pāli: garuḷā) are enormous predatory birds with intelligence and social organization. Another name for the garuḍa is suparṇa (Pāli: supaṇṇa), meaning "well-winged, having good wings". Like the Nāgas, they combine the characteristics of animals and divine beings, and may be considered to be among the lowest devas. Read more

Garuda, the Vahana of Lord Vishnu
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Sri Lanka, Sacred City of Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sri Lanka 50 Rupees 2004 P
Front: Guard stone from an entrance steps of a
stupa in Anuradhapura; Native male dancer with local headdress
Back: Temple ruins; Stupa in Anuradhapura; Ornamental sword hilt
Encycloworld Heritage Postcard - Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, (அனுராதபுரம் in Tamil), is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization.

The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya.

From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). Read more

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Sri Lanka, Ancient City of Sigiriya, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sri Lanka 100 Rupees 2004 UNC
Front: Decorative urn
Back: Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha. Read more
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Encycloworld Heritage Postcard - Ancient City of Sigiriya

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Vietnam 10000 Dong 1993 VG
Front: Ho Chi Minh
Back: Junks in sea


Vietnam 1000 Dong 1988 VG
Front: Ho Chi Minh
Back: Elephant logging


Tajikistan 20 Dirams 1999 UNC
Front: Meetings Hall of the National Bank of Tajikistan
Back: Mountain road

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Uruguay 100 Peso 1967 UNC
Font: Jose Gervasio Artigas
Back: Independence

José Gervasio Artigas Arnal (June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) is a national hero of Uruguay, sometimes called "the father of Uruguayan independence". Read more

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has stopped printing this banknote, and it is currently being replaced by equivalent coins. However, existing banknotes remain legal tender.

Philippine 5 Piso 1985-1994 Poor
Front: Emilio Aguinaldo.
Back: Declaration of independence by Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898.

Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy(March 22, 1869 – February 6, 1964) was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader of Chinese and Spanish descent. He played an instrumental role in Philippine independence during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and the Philippine-American War that resisted American occupation. He eventually pledged his allegiance to the US government.

In the Philippines, Aguinaldo is considered to be the country's first and the youngest Philippine President. Read more

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pakistan, Archaeological Ruins at Mohenjo-daro, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pakistan 10 Rupees 1976 VF
Front: Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Back: Mohenjo-daro in Larkana District

Mohenjo-daro was one of the largest city-settlements of the Indus Valley Civilization of south Asia situated in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2600 BCE, the city was one of the early urban settlements in the world, existing at the same time as the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Crete. The archaeological ruins of the city are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is sometimes referred to as "An Ancient Indus Valley Metropolis"
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Pakistan, before the 2005 Series

Pakistan 100 Rupees 1976 VF
Front: Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Back: Islamia College in Peshawar

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (December 25, 1876 – September 11, 1948), a 20th century politician and statesman, is regarded as the founder of Pakistan. He served as leader of The Muslim League and Pakistan's first Governor-General. He is officially known in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam and Baba-e-Qaum ("Father of the Nation"). His birthday is a national holiday in Pakistan. Jinnah rose to prominence in the Indian National Congress initially expounding ideas of Hindu-Muslim unity and helping shape the 1916 Lucknow Pact between the Muslim League and the Indian National Congress; he also became a key leader in the All India Home Rule League. He proposed a fourteen-point constitutional reform plan to safeguard the political rights of Muslims in a self-governing India.

Jinnah, advocating the Two-Nation Theory, embraced the goal of creating a separate state for Muslims as per the Lahore Resolution. The League won most reserved Muslim seats in the elections of 1946. After the British and Congress backed out of the Cabinet Mission Plan Jinnah called for a Direct Action Day to achieve the formation of Pakistan. The direct action by the Muslim League and its Volunteer Corps, resulted in massive rioting in Calcutta between Muslims and Hindus/Sikhs. As the Indian National Congress and Muslim League failed to reach a power sharing formula for united India, it prompted both the parties and the British to agree to independence of Pakistan and India. As the first Governor-General of Pakistan, Jinnah led efforts to rehabilitate millions of refugees, and to frame national policies on foreign affairs, security and economic development. He died a year after Pakistan's formation in September 1948. Read more

An Iranian stamp commemorating the centenary of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, printed in 1976.

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Korea, 1992 Series

Korea 1 Won 1992 UNC
Front: Young woman with flowers
Back: Mount Kumgang

There are many old temples around Kŭmgangsan, some in poor condition. Among the best known are Changan-sa and Maha-yon. Other features include: Sea Manmulsang, Kŭmgang Gate, Samil Lagoon, Piro Peak, the Manpok ravine, Myongyong rock, the Paektap ravine, Manmulsang, Kuryong pond, the pools of Upper Pal, Sujong Peak, Ongnyu ravine, the Hanha Stream, and the Sibi waterfalls.

Korea, 1992 Series

Korea 5 Won 1998 UNC
Front: Students with a globe
Back: Grand People's Study House

Korea, 1992 Series

Korea 10 Won 1998 UNC
Front: Factory worker, Chollima statue
Back: Flood gates

Korea, 1992 Series

Korea 50 Won 1992 UNC
Front: Two man , Lady
Back: Mountains

Friday, March 5, 2010

Korea, 1992 Series

Korea, North 100 Won 1992 UNC
Front: Kim Il-sung
Back: Kim Il Sung's birthplace in Mangyongdae-guyok

Kim Il-sung (15 April 1912 – 8 July 1994) was a Korean communist politician who led North Korea from its founding in 1948 until his death. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. He was also the General Secretary of the Workers Party of Korea.

During his tenure as leader of North Korea, he ruled the nation with autocratic power and established an all-pervasive cult of personality. From the mid-1960s, he promoted his self-developed Juche variant of communist national organisation. Following his death in 1994, he was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il. North Korea officially refers to Kim Il-sung as the "Great Leader" (Suryong in Korean) and he is designated in the constitution as the country's "Eternal President". His birthday is a public holiday in North Korea. Read more
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