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.

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 20, 2019

Euro-Coin-News-2019

New Issues and News for Euro coins - 2019

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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 16, 2019

Lithuanian Commemorative of 2019

Lithuanian Commemorative of 2018

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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

Commemorative Monday 37

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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

Vatican Euro Coins

A Review of the Vatican Euro Coins

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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.

Jun 16, 2019

Portuguese Euro Coins

A review of Portuguese Euro Coins

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Jun 15, 2019

Portuguese Commmemorative of 2019

Portuguese Commmemorative of 2019 - Madeira

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Jun 12, 2019

Estonian Euro Coins

A Review of Estonian Euro Coins

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Jun 11, 2019

Estonian Commmemorative of 2019

Estonian Commmemorative of 2019 - Song Festival.

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Jun 10, 2019

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This coin celebrates the 175th anniversary of the independence of Luxembourg.

This guarantee of independence was granted in 1839 by France, Great Britain, Prussia, Austria and Russia.

The design is interesting. The inner circle is divided into three sections by two lines, one running horizontally and the other vertically.

They, as a matter of interest, break the rules regarding coin design. It was decided in 2013 that the outer ring was only to contain the twelve stars of the EU. The afore mentioned lines however, extend to the edge of the coin, effectively dividing the stars into three groups and so offending the idea of unity within the EU.

In the upper left section, we see the year independence 1839, the year of issue, the name of the issuing country in the local language and the mint mark.

In the upper right section is a portrait of the Grand Duke – Henri – looking to the right.

Finally, in the bottom section we have the inscription “ ONOFHÄNGEGKEET 175 Joër “. This is in the local language and stands for – Independence 175 Years”.

519,500 Coins were minted.

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

Jun 07, 2019

Portuguese Commemorative of 2019

Portuguese Commemorative of 2019

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Jun 06, 2019

Vatican Commemorative of 2019

Vatican Commemorative of 2019 - 90 years Vatican.

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Jun 05, 2019

Slovakian Euro Coins

A review of Slovakian Euro Coins

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Jun 04, 2019

Slovakian Commmemorative of 2019

Slovakian Commmemorative of 2019

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Jun 03, 2019

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This coin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the creation of the International Women’s Day.

In the inner circle are the effigies of two women who were involved in the Belgian women’s movement. On the left is Isala Van Diest who was the first woman to become a doctor in Belgium. On the right is Marie Popelin who was the first woman to become a lawyer in Belgium.

Next to the heads of the women are the symbols of their respective professions – the Rod of Asclepius (nine o’clock) and the Scales of Justice (three o’clock).

The top of the inner circle from left to right are the mark of the mint master, the issuing country amd the mint mark.

In the background is a stylized Venus symbol with the cross at five o’clock.

5,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

May 29, 2019

San Marino Commemorative of 2019

San Marino Commemorative of 2019

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May 27, 2019

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This is the fourth commemorative coin issued by Spain in its UNESCO World Heritage series and features the San Lorenzo Monastery in Madrid.

The full name “Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial “(Royal seat of St. Lorenzo of El Escorial).

It is a palace/monastery complex constructed from 1563 to 1584 at the behest of the Spanish king Philipp II.

It is the largest renaissance building in the world, covers 33,000 m2 and has around 2,000 rooms!

The image in the inner circle shows the southern façade of the complex. With the two bell towers and the church cupolas.

The name of the issuing country ESPAÑA is shown at the top of the inner circle the year of issue 2013 at two o’clock and the mint mark at three o’clock.

8,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

May 24, 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2019

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May 20, 2019

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The motif of the coin shows the Monument to the Men and Women of Andorra who launched the Constitution. The monument was erected in 1993 in the square of the Parliament in Andorra la Vella.

The monument shows the silhouettes (represented by hollow shapes carved into the monument) of a man and a woman. They stand for the desire expressed by Andorrans in the 1933 elections to become a constitutional, democratic state.

To the right of the monument is the a map of Andorra together with an inscription in Latin “VIRTVS VNITA FORTIOR” (United virtue is stronger).

This is written in the old format where “V” represented ”U” – nowadays it would normally be written “VIRTUS UNITA FORTIOR”. This is by the way the motto of Andorra.

Around the edge of the inner circle are various inscriptions. From eight to ten o’clock “ANDORRA” and from twelve to five o’clock “25è ANIVERSARI DE LA CONSTITUCIÓ” (25th Anniversary of the Constitution).

Inside the last inscription we see the years 1993-2018.

75,000 Coins were minted.

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

May 12, 2019

Andorran Euro Coins

Review of Andorran Euro Coins

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May 06, 2019

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512,000 Coins were minted.

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The coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of William IV of Luxembourg.

In the inner circle we see the profiles of the current Grand Duke (Henri) on the left and in the background William IV.

Further in the background is a stylized representation of the city Luxembourg.

At the top of the coin is the year of issue 2012, preceded by the mint mark and followed by the mark of the mint director. Thereunder is the inscription ”GRAND-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG” (Grand Dukes of Luxembourg).

Finally at the bottom are the names of the two grand dukes next to their profiles with “ƚ1912”indicating the date of death of William IV.

722.500 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 29, 2019

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This interesting and attractive coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the founding of the botanical gardens in Ljubljana.

In the inner circle is a representation of the plant HLADNIKIA PASTINAIFOLIA – This is of course the botanical name of this plant which apparently existed before the last ice age and is endemic to the region.

The Hladnikia was named after the well known Slovenian botanist Paula Hladnikia.

The coin has an inner ring around which runs the following inscription: “BOTANIČNI VRT · LJUBLJANA · 2010 SLOVENIJA · 200 LET·”

Within the inner circle – bottom left – there is an inscription of two lines of the plant’s name – “HLADNIKIA PASTINACIFOLIA”

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 22, 2019

Commemorative Monday 29

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The coin celebrates 150 years of public security in Portugal.

In the inner circle there are stylized images of people and buildings . On the right, between two and three o’clock are the words DIRETTOS,LIBERADADES and GARATIAS (Rights, Freedom and Guaranties).

At the top we see PSP followed by the insignia of the police.

Around the edge of the inner circle are the following inscriptions.

From eight to eleven o’clock “1867 2017 SEGURANÇA PUBLICA”

From seven to five o’clock “INCM JOSÉ GUIMARES PORTUGAL”

520,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 20, 2019

San Marino Euro Coins

A review of San Marino Euro Coins

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Apr 15, 2019

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The coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the independence of Estonia.

The design is ingenious.

On the left is a column and on the right two circles, one above the other, which can be seen separately, when together with the column, we see 100 or they can be seen as the top and bottom of an eight in which case we read 18.

The column and the lower circle are composed of the silhouettes of flying pigeons.

Thus are represented the year of attaining independence 1918 and the 100 years of independence.

This is the official logo of the centenary celebrations.

Around the edge of the inner circle, running anti-clockwise from seven to one o’clock is the inscription: “SADA AASTAT EESTI VABARIIKI EESTI 2018” (One hundred Years Republic of Estonia Estonia 2018).

4,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 08, 2019

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This is the fourth and last commemorative coin in the Latvian Series covering the four provinces of Latvia. The province now covered is Zemgale.

The motif of the coin is simply the coat of arms of the region of Zemgale. This is a silver elk.

At the top of the inner circle, under twelve o’clock “LATVIJA”.

At the bottom is the name of the province “ZEMGALE” and at four o’clock is the year of issue - 2018.

507,000 Coins were minted.

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

Apr 05, 2019

Spanish Euro Coins

Review of Spanish Euro Coins

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Apr 01, 2019

Commemorative Monday 26

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Belgium issued the coin as a tribute to the “European Year of Development”.

The motto is “Our World, Our Values, Our Future”. The central idea is to inform citizens of the cooperation of the EU countries in development and make them feel a part of this process.

In the inner circle a hand is shown holding a globe -the earth – with a plant growing in the foreground. Around the upper edge of the inner circle is the inscription “2015 EUROPEAN YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT”.

The designation of the issuing country “BE” is at six o’clock. The mark of the mint master (a cat) and the mint mark are at eight o’clock

3,500,000 Coins were minted.

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

Mar 29, 2019

German Euro Coins

A Review of German Euro Coins

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Mar 25, 2019

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This coin was issued to celebrate 2008 as the year of inter cultural dialog.

San Marino was the only EU member state that thought it worth honouring with a commemorative coin.

The motif shows five people linking arms and standing on the European continent. The figures represent the different cultures in Europe.

The books stand for the preparedness to study and understand different cultures.

Around the lower edge of the inner circle from eight to four o’clock is the inscription “ANNO EUROPEO DEL DIALOGO INTERCULTURALE”.

Around the top is the name of the issuing country SAN MARINO and directly thereunder the year of issue 2008.

The mint mark is at nine o’clock and thje initials of the designer ”E.L.F.” are at three o’clock.

130,000 coins were minted

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

Mar 24, 2019

Irish Euro Coins

A review of Irish Euro Coins

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Mar 24, 2019

Belgian Euro Coins

Details of Belgian Euro Coins.

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Mar 19, 2019

Commemorative Monday 24

I have now featured the first issues of all 23 Euro countries. I could now start with the second issues of the various countries or work my way through the countries alphabetically starting with Andorra and ending with the Vatican, but this seems a bit tedious so I have opted to go for a randomly selected (by Excel) coin for each week.

And the lucky winner this week is Greece 2014!!

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The coin commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the death of the Greek Painter (El Greco) who spent most of his working life in Toledo in Spain.

El Greco is simply the Spanish for “The Greek” as he was known.

In the inner circle on the right is a self portrait of El Greco and centre left is an extract from his painting showing the apostle Paul.

Around the bottom rim of the inner circle is his name in the Hellenic script as well the dates of birth and death. ”ΔOMHKOΣ θEOTOKOΠOYΛΟΣ 1541-1614”.

Around the upper right of the inner circle is the name of the issuing country – also in the Hellenic script. ”EΛΛHNIKH ΔHMOKPATIA”.

750,000 coins were minted

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

Mar 11, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 23

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This, the second commemorative coin to be issued, celebrates the extension of EU in 2004 by ten additional members.The new states were :

Estonia,Latvia,Lithuania,Malta,Poland,Slovakia,Slovenia,The Czech Republic,Hungary,and Cyprus.

In the inner circle is a stylized pillar from which ten leaves are emerging – these of course representing the ten new members of the EU. The pillar under the leaves represents the foundation of the growth – the EU.

At the bottom is an artistic representation of the currency. The capital letters EU are followed by the Greek letter rho (in the Hellenic script) and with a little imagination one sees “Euro”.

The year of issue is at the top and at four o’clock are the letters “MM” which represent the designer as well as the then director of the Finnish Mint.

1,100,000 coins were minted.

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

Mar 08, 2019

Belgian Commemorative of 2019

Belgian Commemorative of 2019

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Mar 04, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 22

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This coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the publication of the book “The praise of Folly” by the famous Dutch philosopher and theologian Desiderus Erasmus.

In praise was written in Latin and satirized many of the then prevailing beliefs of European society, many of which were based on superstition.

The church was also taken to task and the work is considered to have played a part in the beginnings of the reformation.

In the inner circle we see Erasmus writing his book.

There is also the image of Queen Beatrix. Dutch law requires that the image of the reigning sovereign appear on all coins.

Next to the image of the queen is the inscription (running vertically) “Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden”.The year of issue, the mintmark and the mark of the mint master all appear close to the centre of the coin.

4,00,000 coins were minted.

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

Mar 02, 2019

Italian Euro Coins

A review of Italian Euro Coins

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Mar 01, 2019

Spanish Commemorative of 2019

Spanish Commemorative of 2019

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Feb 25, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 21

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The Vatican was one of the six countries that issued a Commemorative Coin in the first year (2004) that Commemoratives were allowed.

This coin commemorates the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Vatican. The Lateran Treaty, signed in 1929 byPope Pius XI and the Italian state recognized the independence of the Vatican.

In the inner circle shows the perimeter walls of the Vatican. These were built in the years 847-855 during the reign of Pope Leo IV and are known as the Leonine wall. Also shown is the famous cathedral – St. Peters.

Around the left side of the inner circle is the inscription : ”75. ANNO DELLA STATO”. The year of attaining independence and the year of issue (1929-2004) are shown at around one to two o’clock.

The mint sign is at three o’clock. The name of the designer (VERONI) and the initials of the engraver (L.D.S.Inc.) appear around three to four o’clock.

Finally the name of the issuing state – CITTA’ DEL VATICANO is at the bottom of the outer circle.

This would no longer be allowed as it is thought the twelve stars of the EU should be continuous and not interrupted – thus emphasising the unity of the EU.

100,000 coins were minted.

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