Euro-Coin-Collector Blog

The Euro-Coin-Collector Blog is a mini-journal dealing with Euro Coins. It lets you know whenever new pages appear on the site or when there are updates to existing pages. Any interesting current Euro Coin news may also appear here before it appears on the main web site.

Nov 11, 2019

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The coin commemorates the 1150th anniversary of Greek brothers Constantine and Methodius.

They were Byzantian intellectuals and priests and worked as missionaries in the 9th century converting Slavic people to Christianity.

In the inner circle the brothers are shown, Constantine on the left holding a book which represents learning and faith. Methodius is on the right and with a church which represents faith and institutional Christanity.

Between the two brothers is the double cross standing on three hills.

Around the edge of the inner circle at the top is the inscription “KONSŠTANTÍN METOD” standing for Constantine Michael.

Around the bottom “SLOVENSKO 863 2013”, showing the issuing country, the year being commemorated and the year of issue.

To the left of Constantine are the initials mh of the designer and to the right of the Michael is the mint mark MK within a circle.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Nov 07, 2019

French Commemorative of 2019

French Commemorative of 2019 - the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Nov 04, 2019

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This coin was issued to honour the peaceful functioning of Europe since 1945 – 70 years of peace. It seems the EU bureaucrats have forgotten the bombing of Serbia!

The interesting and attractive motif shows the dove of peace and above it in a fan form the 28 members of the EU are represented by initials for each country.

The dove holds a small branch in its beak and it sports twelve leaves in the form of the twelve stars of the EU. At the bottom in Bold Form is the country designation RF.

The year of issue 2015 is at three o’clock. At eight o’clock are the mint mark and mark of the mint master and just before five o’clock is the mark of the designer.

4,020,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Nov 02, 2019

German Commemorative of 2019

German Commemorative of 2019 - the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Nov 02, 2019

German Commemorative Coin of 2019

German Commemorative Coin of 2019

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Oct 28, 2019

Euro-Coin-News-2019

New Issues and News for Euro coins - 2019

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Oct 28, 2019

Commemorative Monday 54

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This coin commemorates the 75th anniversary of the death of Spyridon Louis.

Spyridon Louis was a Greek long distance runner and the first victor in the modern Olympic Games in 1896 in the marathon race.

The motif shows Louis in traditional costume together with the trophy he was awarded against the background of the Panatheanic stadium.

Around the edge of the inner circle are the following inscriptions – from eight to eleven o’clock:

“EɅɅHNIKH ΔHMOKPATIA” (Greek Democracy) and from eight to two o’clock “75 XPONIA MNHMHΣ ΣΠYPOY ɅOYH”( 75 Years in Memory of Spyridon Louis).

The year of issue 2015 is at two o’clock and the mint mark is next to the trophy between two and three o’clock. Finally the initials of the engraver can be seen at six o’clock.

750,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Oct 27, 2019

Vatican Euro Coins

A Review of the Vatican Euro Coins

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Oct 26, 2019

Luxembourg Euro Coins

A review of Luxembourg Euro Coins

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Oct 26, 2019

Latvian Euro Coins

A review of Latvian Euro Coins

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Oct 24, 2019

Monaco Euro Coins

A review of Monaco Euro Coins

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Oct 23, 2019

Portuguese Commemorative of 2019

Portuguese Commemorative of 2019

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Oct 23, 2019

Lithuanian Euro Coins

A review of Lithuanian Euro Coins

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Oct 23, 2019

San Marino Euro Coins

A review of San Marino Euro Coins

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Oct 21, 2019

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This is the third commemorative coin in the Latvian Series covering the four provinces of Latvia. The province now covered is Latgale.

The motif of the coin is simply the coat of arms of the region of Latgale. This is a griffin, a fantasy figure in heraldry – the upper part of the body is an eagle and the lower part a lion.

Above the shield is the country designation “LATVIJA”

At the bottom is the name of the province “LETGALE” and at four o’clock is the year of issue - 2017.

530,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Oct 14, 2019

Commemorative Monday 52

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This coin commemorates the 2,400th anniversary of the founding of the Platonic Academy.

Plato, a pupil of Socrates, founded the academy around 387 B.C. Here he taught philosophy and the rudiments of science and encouraged his students to research and think, not to just accept. Western culture in the making.

The motif is a portrait of Plato looking to the left.

Around the edge of the inner circle, running from seven to one o’clock is the inscription : ” 2400 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΙΔΡΥΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΑΚΑΔΗΜΙΑΣ ΠΛΑΤΩΝΟΣ” (2400 years since the founding of the Platonic Academy). Under this inscription is the country designation ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ.

The mint mark and the year of issue are at three o’clock.

754,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Oct 08, 2019

French Commemorative Coin of 2015

French Commemorative Coin of 2015

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Oct 08, 2019

Greek Commemorative of 2015

Greek Commemorative of 2015

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Oct 07, 2019

Belgian Commemorative of 2019

Belgian Commemorative of 2019

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Oct 07, 2019

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This coin is the second in the five part series dealing with the constitutional history of Malta.

What is specifically commemorated is the introduction of Majority Representation in 1887. Until this date the elected members could only advise the British Governor.

In the inner circle we see a group of happy people in front of the Maltese Parliament in Valette.

Around the upper edge of the inner circle is the inscription “MALTA – Majority representation 1887.

At the bottom, at six o’clock , is the year of issue 2012.

754,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Oct 03, 2019

Luxembourg Euro Coins

Luxembourg Euro Coins

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Oct 01, 2019

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The coin celebrates the designation in 2012 of the Portuguese town of Guimarães as a European Capital of Culture.

Guimarães has been called the cradle of the nation as the first king of Portugal was supposedly born there.

Motif:

In the inner circle is a highly stylised representation of the king (Dom Alfonso Henriques) together with his sword. The building on the right of the inner circle represents the 12th century castle.

To the left – at around nine o’clock – we see the shield of Portugal together with the name of the issuing country thereunder.

Below the castle is the name of the town, the year of issue and the town’s logo.

The mint mark (INCM) appears at the bottom to the left of the sword and the name of the designer ”JOSE DE GUIMARÃES” to the right.

520,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Sep 29, 2019

Latvian Commemorative of 2019

Latvian Commemorative of 2019

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Sep 28, 2019

Monaco Commemorative of 2019

Monaco Commemorative of 2019

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Sep 22, 2019

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This coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the grounding of the Dutch monarchy.

William I landed in 1813 and successfully fought for the independence of the Netherlands from France. He became the first Dutch sovereign.

The seven sovereigns of the Netherlands are depicted in an artistic manner by ribbon that forms their profiles. The largest profile represents the current monarch Willem-Alexander.

The ribbon then forms the six preceding sovereigns, each within the one succeeding him/her.

They are: Queen Beatrix, Queen Juliana, Queen Wilhelmina, King Willem III, King Willem II, King Willem I.

Around the edge of the inner circle is the inscription “Willem-Alexander Koning Der Nederlanden” and within this inscription, forming a semi-circle on the left is “200 Jaar Koninkrijk”.

The Dutch mint mark as well as the mint masters mark appear at five o’clock and the initials of the designer at seven o’clock.

3,500,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Sep 21, 2019

Lithuanian Commemorative of 2019

Lithuanian Commemorative of 2018

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Sep 21, 2019

Lithuanian Commemorative of 2019

Lithuanian Commemorative of 2019

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Sep 16, 2019

San Marino Commemorative of 2019

San Marino Commemorative of 2019

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Sep 16, 2019

San Marino Commemorative of 2019

San Marino Commemorative of 2019

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Sep 16, 2019

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The coin commemorates the founding of Monte Carlo 150 years ago by Charles III.

Monte Carlo is the largest of the nine districts of the principality and owes its name to the founding of a casino on a rock (monte) in the sea by the said Charles III. Monte Carlo is of course famous because of its casino where the world's wealthy go to display and squander their wealth.

On the inner circle one sees Charles III as well as the casino on the rock in the sea.

Around the edge of the inner circle is the inscription “ 1866 CHARLES III FONDE MONTE CARLO 2016” (Charles III founds Monte Carlos in 1886).

Also shown is the mint year 2016. At the top of the inner circle is MONACO with the mint mark (cornucopia) to the left and to the right the sign of the mint master – Yves Sampo.

15,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Sep 09, 2019

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This coin honours Louis Braille the inventor of the Braille alphabet for the blind.

Louis lost his sight at an early age.

His love of reading led the courageous lad to develop what became known as the Braille script. He thereby gave access to literature and general information to millions of people who would otherwise have been denied it.

In the inner circle we see a hand reading an open book by means of the Braille alphabet.

Underneath the book the name “Louis Braille” is written in the Braille alphabet. Two stylized birds are seen in the upper part of the inner ring. They represent the freedom of knowledge.

The top right the superimposed RI stand for the issuing country. At four o’clock is the mint mark R and at the bottom are the initials “MCC” of the artist.

2,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Sep 02, 2019

Commemorative Monday 46

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This coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Austrian republic.

The motif for the coin shows, in the right side of the inner circle, the upper half of Pallas Athena.

She is in front of the Austrian parliament, which vaguely resembles buildings in classical Greece. The parliament is in the background in the top right quadrant.

Athena was the goddess of wisdom, standing for wisdom and reason and I suppose the idea is that these will be characteristics of the Austrian parliament!

Around the edge of the inner circle from seven to two o’clock is the inscription “REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH”. The year of issue is at nine o’clock and just in from eight o’clock is the inscription “100 JAHRE”.

The coin does not have a mint mark.

18,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Aug 27, 2019

Commemorative Monday 45

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This coin commemorates the Finnish interior designer Ilmari Tapiovaara.

Tapiovaara is one of the most prolific designers in modern Finnish interior design and the focal pont of his artistic interest was in the design of multi-purpose chairs.

The motif – simple but elegant – shows, in the inner circle, a typical “Tapiovaara connection” of two wooden parts of a chair. To the left of the chair is a small circle formed of the name and years of birth and death.

Near the edge of the inner circle around four o’clock are the year of issue, issuing country designation and mint mark.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Aug 20, 2019

Commemorative Monday 44

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The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Grand Duke Guillaume III.

The coin is divided into two sections by two vertical lines running from six to twelve o’clock.

On the left is the reigning Grand Duke Henri, whose name appears at the bottom, shown vertically. At the top, also shown vertically, is the year of issue 2017.

To the right of the vertical lines is the effigy of the Grand-Duke Guillaume III,wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece on the neck.

Around the edge of the inner circle, running from eight to three o’clock (anti-clockwise) is the inscription “GRANDS - DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG”. From twelve to three o’clock is the inscription “GUILLAUME III 1817”.

This is the eighteenth coin of the Grand Ducal Dynasty series.

308,500 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Aug 14, 2019

Maltese Euro Coins

Review of Maltese Euro Coins

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Aug 12, 2019

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Sorry all that last Commemorative Monday did not appear but as they say "Life happened" - anyrate I hoped they will continue to appear without interruption.

The coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of the “new reform “. The reform decree of 1866 counts as one of the mile stones in the history of Andorra and of the Andorran Parliament.

The motif for the coin is an image showing the main hall of the Andorran Parliament (Casa de la Vall), containing 28 seats.

Around the top edge of the inner circle is the inscription “150 ANYS DE LA NOVA REFORMA DE 1866”

And thereunder the year of issue 2016. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country “ANDORRA”.

The coin has no mint mark.

85,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jul 29, 2019

Commemorative Monday 42

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The coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of parliamentary democracy in Finland.

The coin motive is a very attractive artistic representation of the year 1863.

The 6 is shown as a germinating seed – symbolizing the birth of a flourishing democracy if Finland.

Around the edge of the inner ring appears SUOMI FINLAND 2103. SUOMI is the Finnish word for Finland.

The mint mark, a lion, is shown at around seven o’clock between SUOMI and FINLAND.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jul 23, 2019

Greek Euro Coins

A Review of Greek Euro Coins

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Jul 22, 2019

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This coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of the death of Jean Maria Vianey.

Vianey was a Catholic priest who devoted his life to the church and after he was canonized (1929) became the patron saint of priests.

The motif shows a shepherd struggling to free a lamb from the jaws of a lion. The shepherd represents a priest, who supposedly is prepared to sacrifice his life for those under his care.

Around the upper edge of the inner circle is an inscription showing the issuing country – “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO”.

Around the lower edge (nine o’clock to five o’clock) we see the inscription “ANNO SACERDOTALE” (Priest Year). The year of issue 2010 is shown above the rump of the lion and the mint mark “R” under the lion, in from five o’clock.

The name of the designer is at three o’clock.

115,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jul 21, 2019

Greek Commemorative of 2019

Greek Commemorative of 2019 - Manolis Andronikos

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Jul 18, 2019

Greek Commemorative of 2019

Greek Commemorative of 2019 - Manolis Andronikos

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Jul 18, 2019

Detailed Information about Commemorative Coins

Detailed Information about Commemorative Coins

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Jul 15, 2019

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This coin commemorates the 550th anniversary of the founding of the University of Istropolitana.

The motif for the coin is interesting. In the background is the façade of the university and in front of the façade is a lecturer instructing two students.

A small circle appears near the edge of the inner circle between ten and eleven o’clock and within this small circle is a depiction of Matthias Corvinius holding an orb with a cross on top.

Directly above the small circle is the year of founding – 1467.

Around the edge of the inner circle are the following inscriptions – from eight to ten o’clock “UNIVERZITA” and from one to three o’clock “ISTROPOLITANA”. Under the façade we see the issuing country and the year of issue – SLOVENSKA 2017.

Just in from eight o’clock and within the façade are the mint mark and directly thereunder the initials of the designer MP.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jul 08, 2019

Commemorative Monday 39

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This coin commemorates the 250th anniversary of the completion of the bell tower of the Clérigos church.

The tower is 76 meters tall and the highest church tower in Portugal. It dominates the city of Porto and has become the symbol of the city.

In earlier times it served as an orientation point for ships.

The tower is shown in the inner circle of the coin in the perspective as seen from the street. Next to the tower one sees the impressive Dom Louis Bridge, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, across the Douro river.

In an arc across the top of the inner circle is the inscription: ”250 ANOS TORRE DOS CLÉRIGOS – 2013”.

At four o’clock is the name of the issuing country and between nine and eight o’clock we see the mint mark and the name of the designer – Hugo Marciel.

525,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jul 02, 2019

French Euro Coins

A review of French Euro Coins

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Jul 02, 2019

French Commemorative of 2019

French Commemorative of 2019 - Asterix

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Jul 01, 2019

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This coin commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A rough precis of the meaning is:

”All people are born free and equal in dignity and rights, regardless of Race, Colour, Gender, Language, Religion, Conviction, Origin or Possessions”.

On the occasion of this anniversary the UN started a campaign, the Logo of which Belgium has used as the motif for the coin.

The motif is a rectangle with what appears to be a ribbon wrapped around it.

At the bottom of the rectangle is the number 60 and above the 60 a small black circle. Above the rectangle is 2008 and below the inscription “UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS”.

Around the edge of the bottom of the inner circle is the name of the issuing country in Flemish, French and German – BELGIE – BELGIQUE – BELGIEN”.

The mint mark is at nine o’clock and the mark of mint director at three o’clock.

5,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jun 24, 2019

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This coin honours Henri Antoine Grouès, a well loved Frenchman and catholic priest, who devoted his life to caring for the poor and homeless. He was known as “Abbé Pierre” – a name that comes from the time of the resistance when he helped French and Jewish refugees.

In the inner circle is a portrait of the famous Abbé. Around the top edge of the inner circle is the inscription:” Centenaire de la naissance de l’abbé Pierre”.(Centenary of the birth of Abbé Pierre).

Between eight and nine o’clock we see the mint mark and the country designation. The year of issue and the mark of the designer(a pentagon) appear between four and five o’clock.

Immediately above the year of issue is a small rectangle, the logo of his foundation, in which is written in micro text “Et les autres?”(And the others?).

This was his favorite motto – reminding us to always think of those needing our help.

All in all, a very interesting commemorative coin.

10,000,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.

Jun 17, 2019

Commemorative Monday 36

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The coin was issued on the occasion of the seventh World Meeting of Families.

The theme for this seventh meeting was “Family, Work and Festival”. These meetings take place every three years. The aim of the meetings is that families from around the world get together to pray, communicate and learn from one another.

In the inner circle a family of five is seen in front of the Cathedral of Milan.

Around the bottom half of the inner circle is the inscription “VII INCONTRO MONDIALE DELLE FAMIGLIE”. In the top right quadrant is the name of the issuing country “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO”.

On the left (none o’clock) is the name of the artist followed by the initials of the engrave.

The mint mark “R” is below the cathedral at around five o’clock.

103,000 Coins were minted.

See you next Monday with a new coin and a new country.