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.

May 24, 2019

Detailed Information about Commemorative Coins

Detailed Information about Commemorative Coins

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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.

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

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

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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

Euro-Coin-News-2019

New Issues and News for Euro coins - 2019

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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.

Feb 21, 2019

German Commemorative Coin of 2019

German Commemorative Coin of 2019

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Feb 18, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 20

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This coin, the first commemorative coin issued by Estonia, honours the great chess player Keres and was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

Keres, although he never won the title of world champion, was one of the all time greats in the game of chess and was a grand master of both Estonia and the Soviet Union.

In the inner circle we see a portrait of Keres looking at a chess board, represented by two squares.

Also shown are four chess pieces – a pawn, a bishop ,a knight and the queen.The name “PAUL KERES” appears on the edge of the inner circle between nine and eleven o’clock.

Just below nine o’clock is the name of the issuing country and the year of issue – “EESTI 2016”.

500,000 coins were minted.

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

Feb 14, 2019

Italian Commemorative - 2019

Italian Commemorative - 2019

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Feb 11, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 19

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This coin, which was issued to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Grace Kelley, bears two distinctions – it is the first commemorative coin issued by Monaco and secondly it is to date the most valuable commemorative coin minted.

One in good condition can cost up to € 1,500 . This, of course, is in large part due to the fact that the number of coins minted was small - only 20,000.

The design of the coin is simple and elegant – a profile of Grace Kelley, looking to the left fills the inner circle.

The name of the issuing country and the year of issue are on the edge of the inner circle from six to two o’clock.

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

Feb 07, 2019

Belgian Commemorative Coin of 2019

Belgian Commemorative Coin of 2019

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Feb 05, 2019

Vatican Euro Coins

A Review of the Vatican Euro Coins

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Feb 04, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 18

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This is first commemorative issued by Ireland and celebrates the Easter uprising in 1916.

The Easter uprising was an attempt to gain independence from the UK. The attempt although unsuccessful gave the movement a momentum which finally led to an independent Ireland in 1917.

In the inner circle the statue of Hibernia is shown standing on the roof of the main post office in Dublin. The taking of the main post office was the start of the 2016 uprising.

The statue was named after the Greek name for Ireland (Hibernia). It is seen by many as being symbolic for Ireland

The statue holds a harp in the left hand and a spear in the right – presumably symbolizing the desire for peace coupled with the determination to defend its independence.

The sun rays in the background represent the birth of a new nation.At the bottom we see EIRE, the correct (Irish) appellation for Ireland and the year of minting 2016.

4,500,000 coins were minted.

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

Feb 01, 2019

Irish Commemorative - 2019

Irish Commemorative - 2019

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Jan 31, 2019

Luxembourg Commemorative - 2019 Charlotte

Luxembourg Commemorative - 2019

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Jan 31, 2019

Austrian Euro Coins

A review of Austrian Euro Coins

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Jan 30, 2019

Vatican Commemorative of 2018

Vatican Commemorative of 2018

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Jan 29, 2019

San Marino Commemorative - 2018

San Marino Commemorative - 2018

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Jan 28, 2019

Maltese Commemorative of 2018

Maltese Commemorative of 2018

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Jan 28, 2019

Commemorative Manday - 17

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This , the first commemorative issued by Andorrs, honours the 20th anniversary of Andorra’s joining the Council of Europe.

Although the official year of issue is 2014, various delays led to the coin only becoming available in 2016.

To the left of the inner circle is the coat of arms of Andorra. Then follows an artistic 20 with the 0 is represented by the flag of Europe. The arc under the 20 does not have, as far as I am aware, any particular significance.

At the top of the inner circle we see “ANDORRA ALCONSELLD’EUROPE” (Andorra in the Council of Europe).

100,000 coins were minted.

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

Jan 22, 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2018

Andorran Commemorative of 2018

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Jan 21, 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2016

Andorran Commemorative of 2016

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Jan 21, 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2016

Andorran Commemorative of 2016

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Jan 21, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 16

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

All the Commemorative Coins issued by Luxembourg are connected to the monarchy.

This coin commemorates the 80th anniversary of the use of the grand ducal monogram on Luxembourg coins.The coin has a number of interesting features.

In the inner circle is the head of the Grand Duke, looking towards the left. On the right is the monogram.

An unusual feature is having the twelve stars of the EU within the inner circle. This is the only commemorative where this happens.

Within the outer ring, we have the issuing country ”LËTZEBUERG” (twelve to two o’clock), “HENRI - Grand-Duc de Luxembourg”(seven to three o’clock), the year of issue ”2004” (ten o’clock) and preceding and following the year, the sign of the mint director and the mint mark.

2,500,000 coins were minted.

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

Jan 18, 2019

Belgian Commemorative of 2008

Belgian Commemorative of 2008

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Jan 17, 2019

Slovenian Commemorative of 2013

Slovenian Commemorative of 2013

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Jan 16, 2019

Identifying Marks on Euro Coins

A short description of some of the identifying marks on Euro Coins

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Jan 16, 2019

Commemorative Issues

The Euro Commemorative Issues

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Jan 14, 2019

Commemorstive Monday - 15

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This,the first commemorative coin issued by Malta, is also the first in a series dealing with the constitutional history of Malta.

The coin commemorates the election of eight Maltese representatives to the government in 1849. Malta had been a British crown colony since 1814.

In the inner circle a hand putting a vote into a ballot box is depicted.

An inscription, running around the edge of the inner circle from eleven to four o’clock reads “MALTA – First elected representatives 1849”.

The year of issue 2011 is at the bottom of the inner circle. The coin has no mint mark.

430,000 coins were minted.

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

Jan 07, 2019

Commemorative Monday - 14

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This, the first commemorative issue by Austria in 2005, marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Austrian State Treaty which effectively established Austria as a sovereign state.

It was signed by the four Allied occupying forces – France, Russia, The United Kingdom and The United States.Those signing were (left top to bottom and then right top to bottom)

Molotov Soviet Foreign Minister Dulles American Foreign MinisterLlichov Soviet High Commissioner Thompson American High CommissionerMacMillian British Foreign Minister Pinay French Foreign MinisterWallinger British High Commissioner Lalouette French High Commissioner Figl Austrian Foreign Minister

Around the edge of the inner circle from ten to three o’clock is the inscription:

50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG (50 Years State Treaty). All in all, a very interesting Commemorative Coin.

16,000,000 coins were minted.

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

Jan 07, 2019

New Year

Finally back from holidays. A very happy a successful 2019 to all the readers of my blog.

The festive season, together with a break I allowed myself, has I am afraid, robbed you of two commemorative Mondays.

Starting to-day the series continues - enjoy.