luni, 11 decembrie 2017

Lansarea celui de-al treilea volum al colecţiei `Legendele Timişoarei`, autor Hațegan Ioan, care descrie istoria oraşului, din secolul al XVIII-lea

Fundația Politehnica are plăcerea să vă anunţe că, după ce au fost lansate primele două volume, revenim cu lansarea celui de-al treilea volum al colecţiei `Legendele Timişoarei`, autor Hațegan Ioan, care descrie istoria oraşului, din secolul al XVIII-lea.
Lansarea va avea loc miercuri, în 13 decembrie 2017, la ora 13, în Sala Mare a Senatului, la Rectoratul Universității Politehnica Timișoara.
Va putea fi achiziționată întreaga colecție de volume.

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Câteva erori monetare americane valoroase la monedele de 1 cent(Lincoln Penny) - Partea 14 - 11.12.2017 - VIDEO

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Noi monede comemorative din Rusia - 11.12.2017

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On December 5, the Bank of Russia issued the third coin with facial of 25 rubles of the series dedicated to the Football World Cup Russia 2018, to be held between June 14 and July 15, 2018. The coin that I am going to show you has two versions for the same piece, the difference is that one is colored and the other is not. 

The reverse of the coin represents the relief image of the mascot of the "WORLD CUP FIFA RUSSIA 2018", this same inscription is shown in the lower part of the circle. The mascot is a wolf named Zabivaka.

The obverse of the coin shows a relief image of the coat of arms of the Russian Federation, the inscription in a semicircle "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ" (Russian Federation). Below the inscriptions in three lines: "БАНК РОССИИ" (Bank of Russia), the value of the currency "25 РУБЛЕЙ" (25 RUBLES), the year "2018". The mint mark is shown on the right.

Characteristics of coins

Alloy: Cupronickel
Diameter of the coin: 27 mm
Volume of emission: 19,750,000 without color and 250,000 colored

This currency can be used as a form of payment in Russia, although it is almost impossible to find one in circulation, especially if it is colored.

The other two coins that complete the series

Completing the information leaves you images of two others issued under the same motive, these minted in gold and silver In my view they are really precious. 
The top one 925 silver purity coin of which 24,000 pieces have been coined. The bottom one is 999 gold with a purity of 12,000.
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Noi monede comemorative din africa de Sud - 11.12.2017

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Medical Miracle Performed in Cape Town – Modern Medicine Leaps Forward

By South African Mint ……

The South African Mint has issued a silver coin that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the medical miracle that astonished the world in 1967: the world’s first heart transplant. The extraordinary surgery is celebrated on a unique pair of coins: a 2-Rand silver coinand a 2 1⁄2 cent Tickey. Together these coins allow the viewer to imagine the transplant. The small silver Tickey coin, depicting the good heart, appears on top on the larger coin depicting the poor heart.

The very complex and correct anatomical detail was designed by the South African Mint’s designer Richard Stone as well as renowned artist Carl Jeppe (a well-respected artist and lecturer of figure drawing at the Technikon School of Fine Arts in Pretoria; He was also Richard Stone’s drawing lecturer in the mid-90s). The engraver (aka die sinker) was Paul Botes of the South African Mint, who worked closely with the designers to ensure that the precise details were exactly transferred to the master tooling.


The reverse of the larger 2 Rand coin depicts in great detail the skeleton, epidermis, veins and organs of the torso area of the human body. Even the complex of veins and arteries weaving their way into and out of the heart can be seen, as well as the web of blood vessels connected into the liver. Also visible are the detailed texture of the outer wall of the heart and even the puffy pillow-like tubing of the large and small intestines. This diseased heart shows fat deposits, dying muscle and an area of blocked blood flow, as noted in the central area where the frosted and polished surface seems darker. A prominent circle indicates the position of the heart, as well as serving as the placeholder for the small Tickey and the imagined cavity of the human chest.

Also located on this side in the upper right quadrant of the coin is the anniversary date 1967.12.03 (December 3, 1967) when this highly specialized surgery was performed, the face value of 2-Rand and the words “First Heart Transplant”, superimposed over the lower half of the torso.

The reverse of the small 2-1⁄2 cent Tickey depicts, again in minute detail, a healthy heart, with the
thick healthy aorta coming out of the top of the heart, the many blood vessels and the texture of the heart wall. The frosting of the relief of the healthy heart is lighter, whiter to indicate the much better quality of this heart. The proof finish on the mirrored background focuses attention on the perfection of the healthy heart. Also located on this side are the face value of 2 1⁄2 cents, the alloy of .925 silver combined with .75 copper and the initials “CNB” representing the chief surgeon of this miracle – Dr. Christian Neethling Barnard.

The obverse of the 2-Rand coin bears the standard coat of arms of the Republic of South Africa and is centered on the coin, flanked on either side by the year of issue, 2017. Surrounding the coat of arms is the name of South Africa in the 11 official languages of the country, (both Ndebele and Zulu languages have the same spelling). The obverse design was developed by Arthur Sutherland in the year 2000. Mr. Sutherland was the former Master Engraver of the Mint and who retired in 2002.


The obverse of the 2 1⁄2 cent Tickey is the standard depiction of the King Protea, South Africa’s national flower in the central field, with the country of issue, “South Africa”, struck inside the rim of the coin and positioned at the top. The year of issue “2017” appears inside the bottom rim of the lower edge of the coin. The obverse design was developed and engraved by Kruger Gray whose initials “KG” are noted to the right of the base of the stem of the Protea flower. The heritage obverse first appeared in circulation in 1922. Mr. Gray was a former engraver of the Royal Mint who passed away in 1943.

The “World’s First Heart Transplant” twinned coin is struck in sterling silver, .925 fine, available only in proof with a strictly limited mintage of just 1,700 coins of each type. The 2 Rand coin contains a full ounce, or 31.1 grams of fine silver while the 2 1⁄2 cent Tickey has 1.3 grams of fine silver. Each coin may be purchased separately or as a pair housed in an elegant hand-crafted wooden box made of walnut with a glossy piano finish varnish. Only 700 of these elegant wooden cases with the pair of coins will be made available.

The World’s First Heart Transplant silver coins are available through these fine coin dealers:
APMEX: Call toll-free 1 800 375 9006 or visit their website at
GovMint: Call toll-free 1 800 642 9160 or visit their website at

The Heart Transplant coins may also be purchased directly from the South African Mint (shipping charges will apply) by completing the order form found online at and emailing it to <> or faxing it to +27 86 521 9772.

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About Dr. Christian Barnard

Many centuries of medical research and experimentation were required first to even begin considering the successful transplant of organs. A great deal of knowledge had to be accumulated from numerous fields such as: microbiology, immunology, physiology, and surgery, to name just a few. There are so many areas and milestones of science and medicine involved in the lead-up to the successful heart transplant that it is not possible to recognize the many individuals here nor all the fields of specialized research involved in an organ transplant. The complexity of the heart and the thorough understanding of all its functions had to be clear.

From the turn of the 20th century onwards the curiosity of the medical scientists from around the world began focusing on such fields as: keeping an organ alive outside of its parent, the relationships between donors and host and the action or reactions of the antigens found with respect to the blood of each. Even understanding the “cooling” of a heart (which was only discovered in the early 1960s) and therefore stopping the blood flowing through the organ were all instrumental to the transplant. It is hard to comprehend just how complex the transplant procedure was. Even to this day a heart transplant is an extraordinary procedure, yet one that is done seemingly “routinely”.

Dr. Christian H. Barnard had been named the head of experimental surgery of the medical school associated with the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, in 1958. He was well-qualified with training at cardio thoracic surgery training at the University of Minnesota, earning his MSc and PhD. He continued his education and practiced his techniques with the generous support of the governments of the province of the Western Cape, and the city of Cape Town as well as additional private funding. Barnard was a highly skilled, hard-working and driven surgeon, who was confident in his technical abilities to do just about anything. He is credited with the introduction of open-heart surgery at the University of Cape Town and he pioneered the techniques for the replacement of badly diseased heart valves, which became the standard techniques used by surgeons around the world.

The Groote Schuur Hospital was well respected for the excellent quality of care given to all in need, regardless of pocketbook or color. The research labs of the medical school were of the highest quality possible and there was excellent financial support of all involved at both the hospital and medical school to be at the leading edge of their respective fields. All of this came together to create the conducive environment for the first human heart transplant in the world to be undertaken in Cape Town.

The first human heart transplant was performed by the cardiothoracic team of 30 gifted surgeons led by Dr. C. Barnard, who had already been working together on organ transplants for some 10 years. The surgery began around 1 am and was completed when the 25-year-old female donor heart was electrically shocked into action some six hours later in the 53-year-old male recipient’s body. The recipient was Louis Washkansky who lived for 18 days, at which time he succumbed to pneumonia because of his weakened immune system.

Dr. Barnard performed a second human-to-human heart transplant on January 2, 1968. The recipient was Dr. Philip Blaaberg, who lived for 20 months. The triumph and success of these surgeries turned Dr. Barnard into a lecturer travelling and teaching around the globe. He received numerous honorary degrees and awards, but not the Noble Prize, an award that he had been nominated for. Soon after the second successful human heart transplant the well-respected surgeon Barnard made it known that his hands were becoming crippled by arthritis. He died while on holiday in Greece due to a severe asthma attack in September of 2001, just shy of his 80th birthday.

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Noi monede comemorative ucrainiene - 11.12.2017

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On the occasion of the centenary of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture of Ukraine, the Bank of Ukraine issued on December 7, two coins with facial 2 and 5 grivnas minted one alpaca and the other in silver, both with the same design .

Founded 18 December 1917 on the initiative of prominent artists at a time of great hope and difficulty for Ukraine, the main objective of the first institution of higher education in Ukraine was to encourage an art school based on the traditions of national culture and worldwide.

On the back of the coin is an image of the building of the academy, in which are marked the years 1917 and 2017, with the inscriptions: 100 YEARS (above) and NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ART AND EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECTURE (below). 

On the obverse, as a central motif in the figure of an octagon, the goddess Minerva is represented in profile, in Roman mythology Minerva was considered as the goddess of wisdom. As usual, in all Ukrainian currencies, the national coat of arms of Ukraine, the year of issue, the face value and the logo of the Mint of the National Bank of Ukraine are also represented.

Face value: 2 grivnas / 5 grivnas
Metal: Alpaca / 925 Silver
Diameter: 31 mm / 33 mm
Weight: 12.8 g / 15.55 g
Emission volume: 35,000 / 2,500
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Noi monede comemorative britanice - 11.12.2017

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The Royal Mint is to unleash a range of commemorative coins celebrating the Red Dragon of Wales – one of 10 heraldic ‘Queen’s Beasts’ that can be seen cropping up through centuries of British Heraldry. Each beast has its own special story to tell and this collection from The Royal Mint explores The Queen’s heraldic guardians, and what they stand for. 

The coin for The Red Dragon of Wales, struck at The Royal Mint’s home in South Wales, captures the spirit and beauty of the Welsh nation. Dragons are one of the best known mythical beasts, found in legends all over the world, and are associated with strength, wisdom and power. The Red Dragon was an emblem of Owen Tudor, the grandfather of Henry VII. Henry’s troops carried a fiery red dragon standard at the Battle of Bosworth. More than four centuries later, at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, the dragon took its place as one of The Queen’s Beasts, reinforcing Her Majesty’s connection to Wales.

Unusually, the coin designs on both sides are by the same designer, Jody Clark, who is a member of The Royal Mint design team. Jody is best known for his ‘fifth portrait’ of The Queen that has been seen on UK coinage since 2015, but has also researched British heraldry to come up with his Queen’s Beasts designs.

“I wanted the beasts in the collection to feel fantastical but also have realistic elements,”Jody said. “I think the static shield at the centre of the coin gives a contrast to the beast, with the dragon’s tail and claws curling around the shield giving the design a sense of movement.

“Although the dragon isn’t a real creature, I could still take inspiration from real animals. I researched lizards, crocodiles and snakes and tried lots of different approaches until I got the look I wanted. The dragon’s wings were difficult to create; they’re almost skin-like so looking at bats helped with that.”

Thomas Lloyd, The Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary writes:

“The dragon is one of the oldest and best known of all mythical beasts, drawn on as often today as in the far distant past. From Western Europe to China and Japan, it appears in different forms, lizard-like and fire-breathing in the East and in the West upstanding and muscular, its tongue like an arrow, standing for strength, speed and power beyond human ability, intended to strike terror into its enemies.

The Red Dragon has especially become the emblem of ancient Welsh pride, emerging from heroic traditions of King Arthur and his father Uther Pendragon, to become a Royal Beast of the Tudor monarchs, supporting the coat of arms of that proud Welsh dynasty. From there it has become the emblem of the modern Welsh nation, resplendent on the Welsh flag against a background of white and green, the livery colors of the Tudor sovereigns. In this form also, it is Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Badge for Wales, encircled with a riband bearing the motto: “Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn” (The Red Dragon Gives The Lead”), so that the Red Dragon today retains its significance as a Royal Beast no less than in centuries past.”

The coin is available in a range of finishes, from Brilliant Uncirculated to Silver Proof and Gold Proof. The largest Red Dragon coins are the 10cm wide Gold and Silver Kilo coins – the Kilo is Britain’s largest official coin – which retail at £49,995.00 (gold) and £2,050.00 (silver). The range starts with the Brilliant Uncirculated collectable £5 coin, RRP £13.00. The Red Dragon of Wales is the third creature to appear in The Royal Mint’s commemorative ‘Queen’s Beasts’ range following the launch of The Unicorn of Scotlandand The Lion of England.

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