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.

Apr 09, 2020

Estonia

A very short summary of some basic facts about Estonia.

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Apr 08, 2020

Cyprus Euro Coins

A review of Cyprus Euro Coins

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Apr 08, 2020

Cyprus

A very short summary of some basic facts about Cyprus.

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Apr 06, 2020

Commemorative Monday 77

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The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Carabinieri of Moanaco.

Motif: In the inner circle are two members of the Princely Carabinieri in front of the West Façade and main gate of the Prince's Palace. The Grimaldi family has resided in the palace since 1297.

At the top of the inner circle is the name of the issuing country “MONACO” written boldly. It is preceded and followed by the mint mark and the mark of the mint master.

At the bottom is the inscription “CARBINIERS DU PRINCE” (Carabinieri of the Prince). Above this we see the dates 1817 and 2017.

15,000 Coins were minted.

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Apr 05, 2020

Austrian Euro Coins

A review of Austrian Euro Coins

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Apr 05, 2020

Austria

A very short summary of some basic facts about Austria.

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Apr 05, 2020

Euro-Coin-News-2020

New Issues and News for Euro coins - 2020

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Apr 04, 2020

Belgian Euro Coins

Details of Belgian Euro Coins.

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Apr 04, 2020

Belgium

A very short summary of some basic facts about Belgium.

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Apr 04, 2020

Greek Commemorative - 2020

Greek Commemorative - 2020

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Apr 03, 2020

Greek Euro Coins

A Review of Greek Euro Coins

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Apr 01, 2020

Andorran Euro Coins

Review of Andorran Euro Coins

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Apr 01, 2020

Andorra

A very short summary of some basic facts about Andorra.

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Mar 30, 2020

Commemorative Monday 76

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This coin is dedicated to the Finnish National Park Koli.

Finland's national landscapes symbolize the Finnish character and have a generally recognized importance in Finnish culture, history and perception of nature.

The design shows a Finnish landscape. The view is from the top of the mountain Koli, after which the park is named. The lake depicted is the lake Pielinen. Various small island in the lake are also shown. The forest shown has spruces and birches.

The year of issue is shown at six o’clock at the bottom of the inner circle.

The issuing country is shown by an “FI” between nine and ten o’clock and the mint mark is to be seen at three o’clock.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Mar 27, 2020

French Commemorative - 2020

French Commemorative - 2020

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Mar 26, 2020

Commemorative Issues

The Euro Commemorative Issues

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Mar 24, 2020

Vatican Commemorative of 2019

Vatican Commemorative of 2019 - Restoation of Cistine Chappel

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Mar 23, 2020

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The coin commemorates the 25th anniversary of the “Pink Ribbon” - symbol of the fight against breast cancer.

Since 2004, a Pink Ribbon Award ("Prix Ruban Rose") has been awarded annually in France to support breast cancer research and promote innovative treatments.

The motif is a female breast symbolically protected by the bow and a hand. Around the edge of the inner circle from twelve to four o’clock is the inscription: ”25e ANNIVERSAIRE DU RUBAN ROSE" (25th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon).

Under one another, around three o’clock we see the mint mark,1992,2017 and the country designation “RF” and finally the mark of the mint master.

10.000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Mar 16, 2020

Commemorative Monday 74

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This is the tenth coin of the Spanish series honouring the UNESCO World Heritage.

Commemorated with this coin is the construction of city wall of Ávila.

The wall was built around 1092 on the orders of the then Spanish King, Alfonso VI.

The fully preserved wall has 88 towers and 9 city gates and a circumference of around two and a half kilometers. It encloses a rectangular area of 33 ha. The area was not large enough to accommodate all of the many numerous Romanesque churches that were built and consequently some of these are outside the city walls.

The design of the coin is simple but effective. In the inner circle three of the wall’s towers are shown, descending from right to left. Around the edge of the inner circle from twelve to two o’clock is the name of the issuing country “ESPAÑA”, followed by the mint mark. Above the middle tower we see the year of issue “2019”.

The coin designed by Alfonso Morales Muñoz.

500,000 Coins were minted.

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Mar 12, 2020

San Marino Euro Coins

A review of San Marino Euro Coins

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Mar 10, 2020

San Marino Commemorative 2020

San Marino Commemorative 2020 Raphael

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Mar 09, 2020

Belgium Commemorative Coin 2020

Belgium Commemorative Coin 2020

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Mar 09, 2020

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The coin commemorates the founding of the National Printing Company which occurred 250 years ago. The National Printing Company publishes the Portuguese Official Gazette with all the legislative measures of the country as well as books of the highest cultural value and other cultural works.

The design is simple and effective – within the inner circle are eight lines with the following inscription:

1768 – 2018

IMPRENSA

NACIONAL

DUZENTOSS E

CINQUENTA

250~ANOS

PORTUGAL MMXVII

Which effectively means “1768 – 2018 National Printing House two hundred and fifty ~ 250 years Portugal 2018”

The designer of the coin is Eduardo Aires whose name appears in small print on the edge of the inner circle between seven and six o’clock.

The mint mark “INCM” appears on the edge of the inner circle between six and five o’clock.

520,000 Coins were minted.

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Mar 02, 2020

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This coin is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.

In the inner circle is the emblem of the competition – a mirrored capital E surmounted by a crown. This is superimposed on an effigy of the queen.

To the left of the effigy, at nine o’clock, is the mark of the mint master and to the right at three o’clock the mark of the mint - a helmeted profile of the Archangel Michael. The nationality BE is shown beside the effigy at four o’clock.

The years 1937-2012 are at the top of the coin and the words “QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETITION” appear at the bottom.

5,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Feb 24, 2020

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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.Immediately under Henri is the mint mark.

To the right of the vertical lines is the effigy of the Grand-Duke Guillaume III.

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.

311,000 Coins were minted.

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Feb 18, 2020

Estonian Euro Coins

A Review of Estonian Euro Coins

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Feb 17, 2020

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This coin commemorates the 420th anniversary of the birth of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Bernini was an Italian sculptor, painter and architect of the Baroque period and greatly influenced the development of Baroque sculpture and architecture in Italy.

The motif in the inner circle show a marble bust of Costanza Bonarelli (his mistress and the wife of his assistant) which was created by Bernini.

Around the edge of the inner circle from seven to eleven o’clock is the name of the issuing country “San Marino”. From one o’clock to four o’clock we see the inscription ”BERNINI". In from nine o’clock are the date of Bernini’s birth and the year of issue. “1598” and “2018”.

Finally we see the mint mark “R”, (in from three o’clock) and the initials of the designer ”A.M.” which appear at five o’clock.

63,100 Coins were minted.

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

Feb 16, 2020

Spanish Euro Coins

Review of Spanish Euro Coins

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Feb 16, 2020

French Euro Coins

A review of French Euro Coins

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Feb 15, 2020

Italian Euro Coins

A review of Italian Euro Coins

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Feb 14, 2020

Estonian Commemorative - 2020

Estonian Commemorative - 2020 Treaty of Tartu

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Feb 13, 2020

Spanish Commemorative - 2020

Spanish Commemorative - 2020 bell tower

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Feb 11, 2020

German Euro Coins

A Review of German Euro Coins

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Feb 11, 2020

German Commemorative of 2020

German Commemorative of 2020

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Feb 10, 2020

Commemorative Monday 69

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This is the first joint issue where all the existing members of both the EU and the Euro zone issued at the same time basically the same coin. They differ only in the issuing country designation, mint marks and, if they are shown, the engravers mark.

An exception to this is Luxembourg where the law requires that all coins show the head of the reigning grand duke.

Another slight exception is in the case of Italy – the signatures in the treaty are imprinted slightly deeper than the page. This is not the case for the other coins.

This joint issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

The inner circle shows a depiction of the original treaty, signed by the six founding members - Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The background design is that of Michelangelo’s paving on the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome which is where the treaty was signed.

The name of the issuing country and the year of issue appear at the bottom of the inner circle.

I have shown as representative of all, the coin for Austria.

87,000,000 Coins were minted (for all countries together).

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

Feb 03, 2020

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The motif of the coin is the cornflower which to-day, as in the past, still provides moral and financial support to veterans and victims of wars past and present and to victims of terrorism.

The design features the cornflower in the centre of the coin. It is surrounded by the words ‘Le Bleuet de France, fleur de mémoire et de solidarité’ (Bleuet of France, flower of remembrance and solidarity).

An intersting aspect:

Two vertical lines run from the top of the inner circle, before and after twelve o'clock, to the bottom of the inner circle, effectively dividing the coin into three segments. This represents the French flag according to the heraldic rules of tinging: left horizontal hatching = blue, middle smooth = white, right vertical hatching = red.

At the bottom of the inner circle(six o'clock) are the dates 1918-2018 and just above there the mint mark and the mark of the mint master.

Under the corn Flower to the left and right of the middle segment are the letters "R" and "F", these together being the country designatio for France.

15,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Feb 02, 2020

Estonian Commemorative - 2020

Estonian Commemorative - 2020

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Feb 02, 2020

Estonian Commemorative of 2019

Estonian Commemorative of 2019 - Academia Gustaviana

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Jan 27, 2020

Commemorative Monday 67

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This is the first Commemorative Coin issued by Cyprus and it features the Roman Odeon at Paphos.

The Odeon dates back to the 2nd century AD and is still used in the summer for musical and theatrical performances.

The motif is interesting – it shows an aerial view of the theatre.

We see in an arc in the upper half of the inner circle the banked rows of seats. In the lower half of the inner circle is the stage.

The coin features an inner ring within which, running from eight to four o’clock is the following inscription: ”ΠΑΦΟΣ 2017 - ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΠΡΩΤΕΥΟΥΣΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΠΗΣ"" (Paphos 2017 - European Capital of Culture).

At the bottom of the ring is the country designation " ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS “.

430,000 Coins were minted.

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

Jan 25, 2020

Italian Commemorative - 2020

Italian Commemorative - 2020 - National Firefighters Corps

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Jan 20, 2020

Commemorative Monday 66

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This is the 10th coin in the series representing the various German provinces.

The current coin shows the Paulskirche (St.Paul’s Church) in Frankfurt am Main which represents the province of Hessen.

The church was built in the period 1789 to 1833(so over 44 years!).

The main reason the church was chosen was that in was the seat of Germany’s first truly freely elected legislative body. It can be seen as the cradle of German democracy and therefore has great symbolic value.

At the bottom of the inner ring is the name of the province – Hessen.

The national identity mark D (Deutschland) appears at two o’clock and the initials of the designer appear at four o’clock. Finally the mint mark appears at eight o’clock. – remember this can be either A,D,F,G,H depending on where the coin you have happens to have been minted.

30,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Jan 13, 2020

Commemorative Monday 65

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This coin commemorates the crowning of Barbara von Cilli in November 1414 as the last Emperess of the Holy Roman Empire.

The coronation took place in Aachen. The empress was active in politics and also took an interest in occult matters and in alchemie.

The image in the inner circle is stylised representation of Barbara von Cilli with her scepter. Also shown are three six pointed stars which were typical for the noble family to which she belonged.

The design was the winner in a public competition.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Jan 06, 2020

Commemorative Monday 64

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This coin commemorates the establishment of the state of Estonia.

It is one of a joint issue by the Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania commemorating/celebrating their establishment.

The basic design is the same for all three states – a braid shows the three Baltic states as intertwined with a common past, present and future.

The intertwined braid opens up at the top revealing its three components – on the left Lithuania, in the middle Latvia and on the right Estonia. In the very centre of the coin in a diamond shaped background is a stylised numeral representing the 100th anniversary.

The countries are represented by their coats of arms.

On the left Lithuania - a knight on a jumping horse, with a Lorraine cross on the shield.

In the middle Latvia - rising sun, lion and a griffin.

On the right Estonia - three leopards.

On the edge of the inner circle between three and four o’clock is the year of issue “ 2018” and between nine and eight o’clock is the name of the issuing country, in this case “EESTI”(Estonia).

This, the name of the country, is the sole distinguishing feature between Estonia and Latvia.

500,000 Coins were minted.

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

Dec 30, 2019

Joint EU Commemorative Coin of 2007

Joint EU Commemorative Coin of 2007

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Dec 30, 2019

Commemorative Monday 63

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This coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus, famous for his discovery of America.

In the inner circle is a portrait of Columbus, looking to the right. Also to be seen are three ships with which he sailed across the Atlantic on his historic voyage of 1492 – the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Just in from one o’clock is a compass rose referring to the sole means of navigation available then – it also resembles the sun and symbolizes the start of a new era which was opened by the discovery of the new world.

Towards the bottom of the inner circle is a scroll with the dates 1506 and 2006 – the year of Columbus’s death and the year of issue respectively..

The mint mark “R” appears in from three o’clock, close to the centre of the coin.

120,000 Coins were minted.

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

Dec 23, 2019

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This coin commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the completion of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice

The Basilica was started in the 11th century and contains one of the largest mosaics in the Western world.

In the inner circle we see the Western Façade of the Basilica – this is regarded as a sign of the victory over Constantinople in the crusade of 1202/1204.

On the five arches of the western facade are the city patrons of Venice (left to right) Constantine, Demetrius, Marc, George and Theodore, and in the six tabernacles sculptures of the Archangel Gabriel, the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Mary can be seen.

In the pediment of the middle arch is a golden relief of the St. Mark's Lion with a book, whose inscription reads: "Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus" - "Peace with you Mark, my Evangelist".

On the edge of the inner circle – eleven to one o’clock is the inscription “VENEZIA” and at the bottom from eight to four o’clock “SAN MARCO”. The mint mark is in from one o’clock and the country designation an I superimposed on an R is under the façade in the middle. Flanking the country designation are the dates 1617 and 2017.

1,500,000 Coins were minted.

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Dec 16, 2019

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This coin commemorates the prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim.

The temple complex is believed to have been built around 3200-3600 B.C. – so over 5000 years ago!

In the inner circle we see the South Eastern façade of the South temple. The entrance to the temple is on the bright.

In the upper right quadrant is the inscription:” HAĠAR QIM Temples3600-3200 BC”. Diagonally opposite in the bottom left quadrant “MALTA 2017”.

At four o’clock are the initials of the designer “NGB”. The coin has no mint mark.

405,000 Coins were minted.

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

Dec 15, 2019

Euro-Coin-News-2019

New Issues and News for Euro coins - 2019

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Dec 13, 2019

Slovenian Euro Coins

A review of Slovenian Euro Coins

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