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.

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

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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.

Jan 03, 2020

Commemorative Monday 71

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63,100 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

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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

Commemorative Monday 62

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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.

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

Dec 16, 2019

Commemorative Monday 61

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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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Dec 12, 2019

Maltese Euro Coins

Review of Maltese Euro Coins

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Dec 10, 2019

Finnish Euro Coins

A Review of Finnish Euro Coins

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Dec 09, 2019

Estonian Euro Coins

A Review of Estonian Euro Coins

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Dec 09, 2019

Andorran Euro Coins

Review of Andorran Euro Coins

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Dec 09, 2019

Commemorative Monday 60

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This coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.

The design is simple and elegant.

The entire surface of the inner circle is covered with small dots. A number on the right are set a little further apart from one another and are less raised.These indicate the outline of Finland.

On the left hand side of the coin are two bold inscriptions – both vertical:

SUOMI 1917 and FINLAND 2017.

Suomi is the name for the country in Finnish.

Somewhat difficult to make out – on the edge of the inner circle at three o’clock - are the country designation and the mint mark.

2,500,000 Coins were minted.

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

Dec 06, 2019

Slovenian Commemorative of 2019

Slovenian Commemorative of 2019 - university of Lubljani

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Dec 05, 2019

Estonian Commemorative of 2019

Estonian Commemorative of 2019 - Academia Gustaviana

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Dec 03, 2019

Finnish Commemorative of 2019

Finnish Commemorative of 2019 - 3 part parliament

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Dec 02, 2019

Detailed Information about Commemorative Coins

Detailed Information about Commemorative Coins

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Dec 02, 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2019

Andorran Commemorative of 2019 Commemorates formation of first parliament

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Dec 02, 2019

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The coin commemorates the 2.000th anniversary of the founding of the Roman town of Emona.

It was built in the middle of the current Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

Within the inner ring the letters EMONA appear, clearly representing the city. A second M appears under the first M – a clever device to represent 2.000 as a double MM in Roman Numerals stood for 2000.

Emona was built in a rectangular fashion and this is shown in the outline of the town as repsented in the coin. In a ring around the inner circle the names of the Roman town, the present city, the issuing country as well as the year of minting are shown – EMONA LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA 2015.

The coin shows no mint mark.

1,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Nov 26, 2019

Maltese Euro Coins

Maltese Euro Coins -Children's drawing of nature - apple tree and sun shine

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Nov 26, 2019

Maltese Commemorative of 2019

Maltese Commemorative of 2019

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Nov 25, 2019

Commemorative Monday 58

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This coin, the thirteenth in the series of German provinces, represents Berlin.

Berlin is one of three “city provinces“in Germany -i.e. cities that have the status of provinces. The other two are Hamburg and Bremen.

The motif is the famous Berlin landmark, the Charlottenburg Palace and is shown on the coin as it is seen from the street.

On top of the dome is a statue of the goddess Fortuna.

Between seven and eight o’clock and between four and five o’clock are two statues on the entrance pillars, the left representing a sword and the right a shield.

In the upper quarter of the inner circle, the year of issue 2018 appears on the left and the mint mark on the right.

At the bottom just above six o’clock is “BERLIN” and directly thereunder the country designation “D”. The mark of the designeris seen on the left entrance pillar.

30,000,000 Coins were minted.

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

Nov 18, 2019

Commemorative Monday 57

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This coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the finishing of the first ever bridge connecting both sides of the river Tejo.

The bridge is in total 3.2 kilometers long with a hanging portion of 2278 meters over the Tejo.

The bridge carries both road and rail transport and is of its kind the third longest in the world.

The motif in the inner circle shows the middle portion of the bridge. Under the bridge in the lower right quadrant is the inscription “PONTE 25 DE ABRIL 1966 20162”.

The name of the issuing country is on the edge of the inner circle from twelve to two o’clock. Just under this is the Portuguese coat of arms.

At the bottom we see the mint mark and the name of the designer (José Aurélo) at seven and six o’clock respectively.

500,000 Coins were minted.

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

Nov 14, 2019

French Commemorative of 2019

French Commemorative of 2019 - the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Nov 14, 2019

French Euro Coins

A review of French Euro Coins

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Nov 14, 2019

German Commemorative of 2019

German Commemorative of 2019 - the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Nov 14, 2019

German Euro Coins

A Review of German Euro Coins

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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 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 Coin of 2019

German Commemorative Coin of 2019

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Oct 28, 2019

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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

Commemorative Monday 53

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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

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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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