Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Yemen


Yemen Republic 10 Rial 1990 UNC
Front: Qubbat Al-Bakiliyah Mosque
Back: Marib Dam in the valley of Dhana

The Marib Dam blocks the Wadi Adhanah (also Dhana or Adhana) in the valley of Dhana in the Balaq Hills, Yemen. The current dam is close to the ruins of the Great Dam of Marib, dating from around the seventh century BC. It was one of the engineering wonders of the ancient world and a central part of the south Arabian civilization around Marib. Read more

Venezuela

Venezuela 100 Bolivares VF
Front: Simon Bolivar
Back: Capitol National

Simon Bolivar was a Venezuelan political leader. Together with José de San Martín, he played a key role in Latin America's successful struggle for independence from Spain. Simón Bolívar is regarded in Latin America as a hero, visionary, revolutionary and liberator. During his short life, he led Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela to independence and laid the foundations of Latin American ideology on democracy. Read more

Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan 3 Sum 1994 UNC
Front: Uzbekistani coat of arms
Back: Mausoleum of Chashma-i-Ayub Mazar in Bukhara

***Mausoleum of Chashma-i-Ayub Mazar listed in UNESCO WH Tentative List on 18/01/2008, in the Cultural category***

Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum is in the middle of a small, ancient cemetery. The construction suffered some losses, but the preserved parts represent a combination of harmonious entrance portal, and adjoining it are the remains of the western fencing wall.

The construction layout of the portal is a traditional pattern, made up in the form of two pylons, forming the niche overlapped by the semi vault. The II-shaped frame, the inside of which forms the obverse surface, tympanum, and ktoba, is finished with an inscription above the lancet arch. The northern part of the niche portal is limited gable wall with a doorway. From the western end the portal is adjoined by the deep brick wall that measures 5,9 m, of which the western piece has been lost. The wall has the form of a trapeze [trapazoid?], with a large base. The central room is overlapped by the tent-peaked dome. Except for the made proportions, this monument differs well considered and perfectly executed décor, the basic part of which is concentrated to the portal. The most effective place in the general composition of the decor is ktoba, filled with Arabic inscriptions on the background of the vegetative ornament. The portal frame on the external contour is marked by the II-shaped zone, strengthened by girikh from intertwining octahedrons, made of terracotta bricks. Glazed inserts of turquoise color fill the central octahedral sockets. The tape boredrs the frame and ktoba. The historical value of the monument consists of the exact dating written on ktoba (1208-1209 .A.D.) or the 605 year of the Muslim Calendar. Read more
Information Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Uzbekistan

Uzebekistan 1 Sum 1994 UNC
Front: Uzbekistani coat of arms
Back: Navoi Opera & Ballet Theatre in Tashkent

Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre is the only theater of such a high level all over Central and South-East Asia. The building was constructed in 1947. It is unique, because it was the first building planned on the territory of Tashkent. The contest for project of the building’s construction was announced in the 30-ies. Architects from almost all the republics of the Soviet Union took part in this contest. Forty seven best projects were submitted to the Government and selection lasted the whole month. As a result, there was selected the project of academic Schusev. This well-known Soviet architect designed Lenin Mausoleum, Kazan railway station, many stations of the Moscow underground.

According to his project the appearance of the building should be national, but in compliance with the European standard of quality. Schusev turned to the folk artists, and it was agreed that in the design of the building should be a lot of wall paintings, carvings, ganch. Later the inner space of the theater was divided into 6 lobbies and was decorated in the traditional style of the different areas - Bukhara, Samarkand, Khorezm, Termez. Read more

Information Obtained from www.tashkenthotels.ru

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ukraine, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, World Heritage UNESCO

Ukraine 2 Hryvnia 1995 UNC
Front: Yaroslav The Wise
Back: St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev

In his youth, Yaroslav was sent by his father to rule the northern lands around Rostov but was transferred to Novgorod, as befitted a senior heir to the throne, in 1010. While living there, he founded the town of Yaroslavl (literally, "Yaroslav's") on the Volga. His relations with father were apparently strained, and grew only worse on the news that Volodymyr bequeathed the Kievan throne to his younger son, Boris. In 1014 Yaroslav refused to pay tribute to Kiev and only Volodymyr's death prevented a war. Read more


Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago 1 Dollar 1985 UNC
Front: Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
Back: Eric Williams Finance Building in Port
of Spain where Central Bank of T&T is located; Point Lisas Industrial Estate

Spain harbour, December 2002. The Nicholas Tower, now the second tallest building in Trinidad and Tobago, is under construction to the right of the image.

Eric Williams Plaza, also known as the Eric Williams Financial Complex, located on Independence Square, Port of Spain, is the tallest building in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in the English-speaking caribbean. It consists of a pair of skyscrapers 22 stories high and 302 ft (92 m) tall, locally known as the Twin Towers. Construction on the complex started in 1979 and ended in 1986. The complex was officially opened on March 29, 1986. The architect who managed the construction was Anthony C. Lewis Partnership. Read more

Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vietnam

Vietnam 10000 2006 UNC Polymer
Front: Ho Chi Minh
Back: offshore oil rigs

Somaliland

Somaliland 10 Shilling 1996 UNC
Front: Government building; Greater Kudu is a woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa.
Back: Camel caravan in desert

Somalia

Somalia 500 Shilling 1989 UNC
Front: Fisherman, Fishing Boat
Back: Mosque in Mogadishu


Mogadishu, is the largest city in Somalia, and its capital. Mogadishu was historically founded on trade, and has recently seen armed warfare since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991. Read more

Somali girls in nomadic attire.
Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, April 5, 2010

Suriname

Suriname 25 Gulden 1998, Commerative (Rare) UNC

Suriname

Suriname 100 Gulden 2000 UNC
Front: flora and map of Suriname. Featured bird: Eastern Long-tailed Hermit (Phaethornis Superciliosus);
Back: Featured flower: Frangipani, Plumiera(Plumeria rubra); Building of the Central Bank of Suriname

Suriname


Suriname 25 Gulden 2000 UNC
Front: flora and map of Suriname. Featured bird: Red-billed White-throated Toucan (Ramphastostucanus);
Back: Featured flower: Cannonball
Tree flower (Couroupita guianensis); Building of the Central Bank of Suriname.

Suriname

Suriname 2 1/2 Gulden 1985 UNC
Front: Featured bird: Thraupis Episcopus
Back: Afobaka Dam, Lizard

The Afobaka dam with a surface area of approximately 1,560 km² (602 mi²), depending on the current water level, it is one of the largest reservoirs in the world. Read more
Information and Image Obtained from united Carribean Trust

Suriname

Suriname 5 Gulden 2000 UNC
Front: flora and map of Suriname. Featured bird: Red-necked Woodpecker (Campephilus rubricollis)
Back: Featured flower: Giant Granadilla (Passiflora quadrangularis);
Building of the Central Bank of Suriname

Thailand

60th Anniversary of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) Accession to the Throne

Thailand 60 Baht 1987 UNC
Front: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) seated in Throne
Back: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) with a crowds

Slovenia


Slovenia 20 Tolarjev 1992 UNC
Front: Janez Vajkard Valvasor, Compass

Valvasor's father died when he was ten years old. At the time he was already attending the Jesuit school in Ljubljana. Graduating in 1658 at the age of seventeen, he did not choose to continue his studies at a university but decided to broaden his horizons by meeting learned men on a journey across Europe. This journey lasted fourteen years and it even took him to northern Africa. During this period, he joined the army in the Austrian-Turkish War, where he became closely acquainted with the conditions in the Military Frontier in Croatia.

Shortly after marrying Anna Rosina Grafenweger in 1672, Valvasor acquired the castle of Bogenšperk/Wagensberg near Litija (Littai), where he arranged a writing, drawing and printing workshop. Valvasor spent a fortune on the publishing of his books; towards the end of his life, his debts forced him to sell Bogenšperk Castle, his vast library and his collection of prints. In 1690, Aleksandar Ignacije Mikulić, the Bishop of Zagreb, bought his library, along with some 7300 graphics, and moved it to Croatia, where the collection became part of the Metropolitana, the library of the Zagreb Archbishopric, now part of the Croatian State Archives. Read more
Information Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thursday, April 1, 2010

STANDARD INTERNATIONAL GRADING TERMINOLOGY AND ABBREVIATIONS

UNCIRCULATED:: A perfectly preserved note, never mishandled by the issuing authority, a bank teller, the public or a collector. Paper is clean and firm, without discoloration. Corners are sharp and square, without any evidence of rounding. (Rounded corners are often telltale sign of a cleaned or “doctored” note.) An uncirculated note will have its original natural sheen.

ABOUT UNCIRCULATED: A virtually perfect note, with some minor handling. May show evidence of bank counting folds at a corner or one light fold through the center, but not both. An AU note cannot be creased, a crease being a hard fold which has usually “broken” the surface of a note. Paper is clean and bright with original sheen. Corners are not rounded.

EXTREMELY FINE: A very attractive note, with light handling. May have a maximum of three light folds or one strong crease. Paper is clean and bright with original sheen. Corners may show only the slightest evidence of rounding. There may also be the slightest sign of wear where a fold meets the edge.

VERY FINE: An attractive note, but with more evidence of handling and wear. May have a number of folds both vertically and horizontally. Paper may have minimal dirt, or possible color smudging. Paper itself is still relatively crisp and not floppy. There are no tears into the border area, although the edges do show slight wear. Corners also show wear but not full rounding.

FINE: A note which shows considerable circulation with many folds, creases and wrinkling. Paper is not excessively dirty, but may have some softness. Edges may show much handling with minor tears in the border area. Tears may not extend into the design. There will be no center hole because of folding. Colors are clear but not bright. A staple hole or two would not be considered unusual wear in a Fine note. Overall appearance is still on the desirable side.

VERY GOOD: A well used note, abused but still intact. Corners may have much wear and rounding, tiny nicks, tears may extend into the design, some discoloration may be present, staining may have occurred, and a small hole may be seen at center from excessive folding. Staple and pinholes are usually present, and the note itself is quite limp but NO pieces of the note can be missing. A note in VG condition may still have an overall not unattractive appearance.

GOOD: A well worn and heavily used note. Normal damage from prolonged circulation will include strong multiple folds and creases, stains, pinholes, and/or staple holes, dirt, discoloration, edge tears, center hole, rounded corners and an overall unattractive appearance. No large pieces of the note may be missing. Graffiti is commonly seen on notes in Good condition.

FAIR: A totally limp, dirty and very well used note. Larger pieces may be half torn off or missing, beside the defects mentioned under the Good category. Tears will be larger, obscured portions of the note will be bigger.

POOR: A “rag” with severe damage because of wear, staining, pieces missing, graffiti, larger holes. May have tape holding pieces of the note together. Trimming may have taken place to remove rough edges. A Poor note is desirable only as a ”filler” or when such note is the only one known of that particular issue.

Above Information Obtained from IBNS Grading Standards

Kenya




Kenya 10 Shilling VF
Front: Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi
Back: Universities

Russia, Kremlin in Moscow, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Russia 50 Rubble 1992 UNC
Front: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Back: Kremlin in Moscow

Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917. As leader of the Bolsheviks, he headed the Soviet state during its initial years (1917–1924), as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War and worked to create a socialist economic system.

As a politician, Vladimir Lenin was a persuasive orator, as a political scientist his extensive theoretic and philosophical developments of Marxism produced Marxism–Leninism, the pragmatic Russian application of Marxism. Read more

Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow, UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Moscow Kremlin (Russian: Московский Кремль, Moskovskiy Kreml), sometimes referred to as simply The Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the south), Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square (to the east) and the Alexander Garden (to the west). It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of Russia.

The name The Kremlin is often used as a metonym to refer to the government of the Soviet Union (1922–1991) and its highest members (such as general secretaries, premiers, presidents, ministers, and commissars), in the same way the name Whitehall refers to the British government, or White House refers to the executive branch of the government of the United States. It is still used in reference to the government of the Russian Federation. "Kremlinology" referred to the study of Soviet policies. Read more

Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Romania

Romania 1000 Lei 1998 UNC
Front: Mihai Eminescu (January 15, 1850 – June 15, 1889)
Back: Ruins of ancient fort of Histria

Mihai Eminescu was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, as the most famous and influential Romanian poet. 1880-1918 he worked as an editor for the newspaper Timpul ("The Time"), the official newspaper of the Conservative Party. His first poems volume was published when he was 16 and he went to Vienna to study when he was 19. Read More
Information Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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