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.

Jun 15, 2020

Commemorative Monday 86

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The coin celebrates Portugal’s participation in the Olympic games of 2016 in Rio de Janiero.

In the inner ring a “Viana-Heart*” is shown. It was created by the artist Joana Vasconcelos (whose name is seen on the edge of the inner circle – eight to ten o’clock) and represents a spirit of determination and passion which are seen as typical of the Portugese people and particularly of their athletes who went to Rio.

On the right edge of the inner ring is the inscription “EQUIPA OLIMPICA DE PORTUGAL 2016” – Portugese Olympic Team 2016.

Around five o’clock the five Olympic rings can be seen. At the bottom is the mint mark “INCM”.

· * The Viana Heart is typical of traditional jewelry art in the North of Portugal.

650,000 Coins were minted.

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

Jun 08, 2020

Commemorative Monday 85

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This is the fifth coin in the German series featuring the provinces of Germany.

This year is the town Bremen. Bremen together with Hamburg and Berlin enjoy the status of a province (Land) although they are in fact towns.

In the inner circle we see the city hall together with the statue of Roland. These have been part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Series since 2004.

The Bremen city hall is regarded as one of the most important Gothic buildings – originally built 1405-1410 and refurbished 1608-1612. Roland is, in fact, the Patron Saint of Bremen, the oldest “Citystate” in the world.

Germany is no longer identified as in the previous commemorative coins with “BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND” but instead simply with “D”. This year it is shown in the outer ring between twelve and one o’clock. The year of issue 2010 is shown at the bottom of the outer ring..

The mint mark appears between ten and eleven o’clock on the edge of the inner circle and finally the initials, ”BB”, of the artist are seen at the bottom of the inner circle.

As from 2013 onwards, the country designation and the year of issue appear within the inner circle as it was felt that the twelve stars of the EU should not be separated by anything as this detracts from the idea of unity!

30,900,000 Coins were minted.

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

Jun 04, 2020

Lithuanian Euro Coins

A review of Lithuanian Euro Coins

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Jun 04, 2020

Lithuania

A very short summary of some basic facts about Lithuania.

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May 25, 2020

Commemorative Monday 84

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The coin commemorates the 25th anniversary of official state broadcasting in Andorra.

Until 1981 all broadcasting in Andorra was in private hands. Why a coin has been issued in 2016 to commemorate 25 years of state run broadcasting when in fact it is 35 years since the inauguration of state broadcasting, I simply do not know. Perhaps time runs differently in Andorra!

The motif in the inner circle shows a microphone and an antenna. Several semicircles (one within the other) represent the transmitted radio waves.

Around the edge of the inner circle is the inscription “ 25 è ANIVERSARI DE RADIO I TELEVISION D’ANDORRA” (25th Anniversary of radio and television in Andorra.

85,000 Coins were minted.

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

May 18, 2020

Commemorative Monday 83

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This coin was issued to celebrate the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The meeting took place under the motto “Love is our message - The family fully alive.”

These meetings take place every three years. The aim is that that families from around the world get together to pray, communicate and learn from one another. The tradition was inaugurated by Pope Paul II in 1994. The family is seen as a divine gift.

The motif of the coin shows two families embracing the whole earth, hence showing the “togetherness” of all people. We are all part of one big family.

Running around the edge of the inner circle are two inscriptions – the upper one “VIII INCONTRO MONDIALE DELLE FASMIGLIE”; and the bottom one “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO”.

The year of issue appears at the top and the mint sign a little in from three o’clock.

122,000 Coins were minted.

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

May 11, 2020

Commemorative Monday 82

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This coin honours Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

It was de Coubertin, who in 1880 set in motion a movement to reinstate the Olympic Games. In 1894 he founded the International Olympic Committee.

Finally, on 6th April 1896, the first of the modern Olympic Games took place in Athens.

The motif of the coin shows a portrait of a young de Coubertin looking out boldly from the coin. In the background are a series of stylized Olympic Rings. In four of the rings different athletes are shown representing different athletic discplines.

Around the edge of the inner circle from ten o’clock to one o’clock is the inscription “PIERRE DE COUVERTIN”. The name of the issuing country and the year of issue –“RF 2013” are seen in a ring between eight and nine o’clock.

Finally, at the bottom at seven and four o’clock, are the mint mark and the mark of the engraver.

1,014,000 Coins were minted.

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

May 04, 2020

Commemorative Monday 81

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This coin commemorates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Finland became a member of the United Nations ten years after its founding, so this coin can also be seen as commemorating the 50th anniversary of Finnish membership of the United Nations.

One of the main tasks of the United Nations is the maintenance of world peace and this is reflected in the choice of the motif – a dove of peace with an olive branch in its beak.

This is shown as part of a jigsaw puzzle – if this has any symbolic meaning, I am unaware of it.

Around the edge of the inner circle is the inscription: ”FINLAND – UN 2005”. The mint mark is a short distance in from six o’clock and the mark of the designer “K” is just after two o’clock.

2,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 27, 2020

Commemorative Monday 80

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This coin was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fire in the Arkadi Monastery.

At the time of the Turkish occupation 1,000 Cretian insurgents entrenched themselves in the Arkadi monastery. In order not to be taken captive when the Turks stormed the monastery the insurgents tourched the monastery which contained a large quantity of gunpowder.

The motif of the coin is a frontal view of the famous monastery.

Around the edge of the inner circle from eight to eleven o'clock is the inscription Greek Democracy in the Hellenic Script. Under the image of the monastery is the inscription Arkadi Monastery in the Hellenic Script. At one o'clock is the date of issue - 2016 and at six o'clock we see the mint mark.

750,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 21, 2020

Latvian Euro Coins

A review of Latvian Euro Coins

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Apr 21, 2020

Latvia

A very short summary of some basic facts about Latvia

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Apr 20, 2020

Italy

A very short summary of some basic facts about Italy.

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Apr 20, 2020

Italian Euro Coins

A review of Italian Euro Coins

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Apr 20, 2020

Commemorative Monday 79

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Štúr was a Slovakian linguist, writer and politician. As a respected linguist he did much to raise the “middle-slovakian” dialect to what is now acknowledged the Slovakian literary language. He was elected to the Slovakian parliament where he championed Slovakian interests.

The motif for the coin is simply a portrait of Štúr placed centrally within the inner circle. Around the edge of the inner circle on the left side are the name “ ĹUDOVÍK ŠTÚR” and his birth and death years 1815-1856.

On the right side we see the name of the issuing country and the year of issue – SLOVENSKO 2015.

Preceding and following the country name are the initials of the designer and the mint mark.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 18, 2020

Irish Euro Coins

A review of Irish Euro Coins

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Apr 18, 2020

Ireland

A very short summary of some basic facts about Éire (Repiblic of Ireland)

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Apr 13, 2020

Greek Euro Coins

A Review of Greek Euro Coins

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Apr 13, 2020

Greece

A very short summary of some basic facts about Greece.

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Apr 13, 2020

Commemorative Monday 78

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This is the 14th coin in the German series of the different provinces in the country.

The honoured province this year is Brandenburg and Sanssouci Palace has been chosen to represent Brandenburg.

The name of the palace - Sanssouci - is from the French sans souci which means without worry.

Sanssouci Palace is one of the most famous Hohenzollern castles in the Brandenburg capital of Potsdam.

The Prussian King Friedrich II had the place built in the years 1745 to 1747. In 1990 the palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin were declared a World Heritage Site.

The motif of the coin shows the south side of the palace. In front of the palace we see a terraced vineyard.

Frederick the Great wanted to be buried on the top vineyard terrace and this finally took place in 1991.

Near the edge of the inner circle at eight and four o'clock are two fountain statues. On the left (eight o'clock) is Venus representing love and on the right (four o'clock) is Mercury representing death.

At the top of the inner circle (twelve o'clock) is the year of issue - 2020 and to the left (eleven o'clock) is the mint mark. At one o'clock are the initials ("JT") designer Jordi Truxa.

Finally at the bottom is the name of the province BRANDENBURG and the mark of the issuing country "D".

30,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 12, 2020

German Euro Coins

A Review of German Euro Coins

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Apr 12, 2020

Germany

A very short summary of some basic facts about Germany.

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Apr 11, 2020

French Euro Coins

A review of French Euro Coins

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Apr 11, 2020

France

A very short summary of some basic facts about France.

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Apr 10, 2020

Finnish Euro Coins

A Review of Finnish Euro Coins

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Apr 10, 2020

Finland

A very short summary of some basic facts about Finland.

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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.

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

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 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

Commemorative Monday 75

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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.

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

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

Commemorative Monday 73

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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.

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

Mar 02, 2020

Commemorative Monday 72

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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

Commemorative Monday 71

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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.

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