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Italy 2 euro 2021 – Gratitude to health and sanitary workers

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:"Gratitude to health and sanitary workers"TECHNICAL DATAExternal ring: copper-nickelCenter disc: nickel-brass, nickel and nickel-brass three layersDiameter: 25.75 mmWeight: 8.50 gThickness: 2.20 mmMint: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italy)Artist: Luc Luycx and Claudia MomoniLINK: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello StatoOriginal Article

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Belgium 2 euro 2021 – 100 years of the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union

New commemorative circulation type (issued in coin cards):"100 years of the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union"TECHNICAL DATAExternal ring: copper-nickelCenter disc: nickel-brass, nickel and nickel-brass three layersDiameter: 25.75 mmWeight: 8.50 gThickness: 2.20 mmMint: Royal Dutch Mint (Utrecht, The Netherlands)Mintage: 150.000Artist: Luc Luycx(image and data from www.herdenkingsmunten.be)LINK: Herdenkingsmunten BelgiëOriginal Article

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British Indian Ocean Territory 50 pence 2021 – Longnose Butterflyfish

New low-mintage commemorative:"Fifth coin of the 'Sea Creatures' collection: Longnose Butterflyfish"TECHNICAL DATAComposition: copper-nickelDiameter: 27.30 mmWeight: 8.00 gMint: The Pobjoy MintMintage: 2.750The coin is also available in proof sterling silver coloured version.LINK: The Pobjoy MintOriginal Article

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Arctic sea ice disappearing fast

Above image, from the National Institute of Polar Research in Japan, shows Arctic sea ice extent at a record low for the time of year, on July 4, 2021, at 8.4 million km². Subsequently, the NSIDC also indicated that Arctic sea ice was at record low extent for the time …

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British Indian Ocean Territory 2 pounds 2021 – The Queen’s Beasts – The White Horse of Hanover

New bimetallic commemorative:"From the 'The Queen's Beasts' collection: The White Horse of Hanover"TECHNICAL DATAExternal ring: nickel-bronzeCenter disc: copper-nickelDiameter: 28.40 mmWeight: 12.00 gMint: The Pobjoy MintMintage: 2.750It is also available in limited edition (475 pieces) proof sterling silver.(image from www.pobjoy.com)LINK: The Pobjoy MintOriginal Article

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Belgium 20 euro 2021 – 100th Birth Anniversary of Roger Raveel

New collectors' commemorative type:"100th Birth Anniversary of Roger Raveel"TECHNICAL DATAComposition: silver .925Diameter: 37.00 mmWeight: 22.85 gMint: Royal Dutch Mint (Utrecht, The Netherlands)Artist: Luc Luycx and Roger RaveelMintage: 2,500(images and data from www.herdenkingsmunten.be)LINK: Herdenkingsmunten BelgiëOriginal Article

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China 10 yuan 2021 – 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party

New bimetallic commemorative to be issued in september:"100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party"TECHNICAL DATAExternal ring: brassCenter disc: copper-nickelDiameter: 27.00 mmWeight: 9.10 gThickness: 2.10 mm(image from Wenbo Dong)(news from Wenbo Dong and Jacek Stącel)Original Article

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Heatwaves and the danger of the Arctic Ocean heating up

Heatwaves and Jet Stream Changes Heatwaves are increasingly hitting higher latitudes, as illustrated by the forecasts below. The background behind this is that the temperature rise caused by people's emissions is also causing changes to the jet streams. [ click on images to enlarge ] These changes to the Jet …

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