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April 14, 2009

Italian Mint - 2009 Coins

Dr. Amalia Travaglini, General and Foreign Services Manager for the Italian Mint began her portion of the program with a set of coins honoring the 100th Anniversary of Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi. They will be proofs struck in silver 10 Euro and gold 20 Euro. Also well known to the numismatic audience will be a bimetallic 2 Euro coin celebrating the advances of Louis Braille and a 50 Euro for the developing Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Cathedral which has remained under construction for more years than almost any structure in the world.

The 2009 FINA World Championships will have a 10 Euro coin for the Aquatic champions and the Italian Mint will also be striking the silver and gold medals for FINA winners in swimming, diving, water polo and all other water sports.

Also on schedule for 2009 release will be coins for the International year of Astronomy, 100th Anniversary of the founding of Futurism, 300th Anniversary of the discovery of Herculaneum, 400th Anniversary of the death of Annibale Carracci and the world famous Tour of Italy bicycle race set for May to June of this year.

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Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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