Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Zealand 50 cents coin - HMS Endeavour - 2006

KM #: 119a
Metal: Nickel plated steel
Weight: 5 g
Diameter: 24.75 mm
Thickness: 1.7 mm
Engravers: Ian Rank-Broadley (Obverse); George James Berry (Reverse)
Mintage: 70,200,000

On 31 July 2006, as part of a revision of New Zealand's coinage, the fifty cent was made smaller, lighter and of a cheaper alloy (nickel-plated steel). On 1 November of that year the previous larger fifty cent coin was demonetized.

Both the larger and smaller coin featured on its reverse the HMS Endeavour on which Captain Cook became the first Briton to reach New Zealand, in October 1769. The obverse, as per all New Zealand coins, features the reigning monarch, which throughout the coin's mintage has only been Queen Elizabeth II.

Click here to see the old, large-size 50c coin of New Zealand.

Source: wikipedia,

23. Hanse Sail Rostock - 2013, SSS Cisne Branco

New postmark received on envelope, sent by my friend, Mr. Wolfgang Beyer, Germany.

Hanse Sail Rostock: Every year on the second Weekend in August, the Hanseatic city of Rostock and
Warnemünde seaside resort to a maritime festival site. A fleet of more than 200 traditional sailing ships, some of which are over 100 years old, moors and invites you to view and cabin cruise. It forms the centerpiece of the largest maritime event in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

SSS Cisne Branco:  is a tall ship of the Brazilian Navy based at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, though she travels worldwide. The name means "white swan." It is a full-rigged ship built in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Damen Shipyard.

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