Friday, December 19, 2008


One Holly Merry Christmas to all




Friday, December 5, 2008


Issued year - 2005, January
Who would say that I already had this coin since 2005, and I never mentioned it here. This magnificent coin features the 50th birthday of Grand Duke Henri, the 5th anniversary of his accession to the throne and the 100th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Adolphe. Depicted in the centre of the coin is the effigy of Grand Duke Henri, looking to the right and superimposed on the effigy of Grand Duke Adolphe.

Issuing volume: 2.800.000

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nice Pair

Issued year - 2008, February
Unbelievable. These two missing german coins ("D" - Munich and "J" - Hamburg mintmarks), came from the small change found everyday. They became my 2nd and 3th 2008 german Bunsdesland series coins (3th of 16) and they feature St. Michael's Church, in Hamburg. Now, only the "A" - Berlin and "G" - Karslruhe mintmark coins are missing.

Issuing volume of this 2008 Hamburg bundesland series: 30.000.000

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Uau, another Finish commemorative coin

Issued year, 2007, December
This fabulous, weird and wonderful coin, shows nine people rowing a boat with long oars, symbolising collaboration and it features the 90th anniversary of Finland's independence. The year of issue, 2007, and the year of independence, 1917, appear above and below the image, respectively. This one (my second commemorative Finish coin) and all the others depicted in the image were also sent by Jouni Saarni (see the last post). Thanks again, Jouni.

First Finish commemorative coin

Issued year, 2006, October
All these fabulous coins depicted in the image - 2 commemorative and 7 currency finish coins, result of a recent exchange with Jouni Saarni from Finland. The front coin shows male and female faces separated by a line and it features the 100th anniversary of the Universal and equal suffrage.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Human Rights - The Portuguese one

Issued year - 2008, September

At last I could get one of these magnificent portuguese 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights coins. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration adopted by Great Assembly of United Nations in December 1948. This one is going to be side by side with the Belgium coin but I'm still missing the coin representing Italy, and also from Finland, issued this month. I'm trying to get some more of this beautiful coin celebrating Human Rights.

Issuing volume: 1.035.000

Today, October 25, I have these 6 available for swap

Is anyone out there interested in getting me the Italian or the Finish Human Rights coin, issued this month, in exchange for one or more of these portuguese?

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Issued year - 2008, September

Only 175.000 of this magnificent 2,5 € coin have been issued. This edition is dedicated to the famous music style associated with the Portuguese people and life.
The obverse of this tribute coin features a striking portrait of "The Queen of Fado", Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999). Amália Rodrigues is known for popularizing the Fado worldwide. The coin features her resting on the end of a traditional Fado (Portuguese) guitar. In a semi-circle on the right hand side of the coin are the words "Patrimonio Cultural" (Cultural Patrimony).
The Reverse shows the body of the Fado Guitar, also known as the Portuguese Guitar.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Only two missing...

Issued year - 2007, March
One more german 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome coin to my collection. This one was also sent by Wendy (see all the last three posts), and has the "F" - Stuttgart mintmark.
Now there are only two mintmarks missing: "A" - Berlin and "J" - Hamburg. Is there anyone out there interested in swapping these missing coins with me?
Issuing volume:
"A" - Berlin: aaaAa1.000.000
"D" - Munich: aaa14.500.000
"F" - Stuttgart: Aa8.000.000
"G" - Karslruhe: a5.000.000
"J" - Hamburg: aA1.500.000mmmmmTotal: 30.000.000

Monday, August 25, 2008

Second German Busdeslander Series

Issued year - 2007, February
Germany started the commemorative coin series "The 16 States of the Federal Republic of Germany" in 2006. One coin representing a German state will be issued per year between 2006 and 2021 and will coincide with that state's presidency of the 'Bundesrat'. The fabulous coin depicted in the image belongs to the second Series - 2007 with mintmark "D" - Munich is going to be placed just next to the "F" - Stuttgart in my collection.
All the coins in the image were sent me by Wendy (see the last two posts).

Issuing volume of this 2007 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Bundesland series: 30.000.000

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Third German Busdeslander Series

Issued year - 2008, February
The coin depicted in the image, is now my first 2008 german Bunsdesland series coin (3th of 16), obtained in a recent swap with a netherlands collector - see yesterday post and it features St. Michael's Church, in Hamburg. This "F" - Stuttgart mintmark coin must now wait for the other 4 mintmark ones.

Issuing volume of this 2008 Hamburg bundesland series: 30.000.000

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Third Time's The Charm

Issuance year - 2008 - April/May
All those coins depicted in the picture could only result from a third swap with Wendy, from the Netherlands. And what can we say about this magnificent 2008 Belgium 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights coin? It came with a 2007 and a 2008 Bundesland Series coin, two Rome Treaty ones (one from Germany and one from Netherlands), a 2004 Italian World Food Program (all in the image) and also three currency finnish and austrian coins. Hartelijk dank.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaIssuing volume: 5.000.000

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Commemorative Austrian State Treaty

Issuance year - 2005, May
Another coin sent by Marko from Slovenia in our last swap. This original coin shows a reproduction of the signatures and seals in the Austrian State Treaty, which was signed by the foreign ministers and ambassadors of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and France, and by Leopold Figl, Foreign Minister of Austria, in May 1955. It also represents my first Austrian commemorative coin.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Issuing volume: 7.000.000

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Commemorative Italian Costituzione Europea

Issuance year - 2005
The coin depicted in the image, whose centre features Europa and the bull, with Europa holding a pen and the text of the European Constitution, representing the 1st anniversary of the signing of the European Constitution, also results of an exchange with Marko from Slovenia.

aaIssuing volume: 18.000.000

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

San Marino

In the last swap, Marko also sent me these 3 San Marino coins, which depict the first tower La Guaita (5 cent), the Statue of Liberty (2 cent) and the third tower Il Montale (1 cent).
Most Serene Republic of San Marino is one of the European microstates and on the basis of an agreement with the European Union, can distribute Euro coins.
Is anyone out there interested in getting me the other five coins?

Click here to see the image of the rare and magnificent eight San Marino euro coins.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Commemorative Slovenian "Primož Trubar"

Issuance year - 2008, May
The 5 coins depicted in the image also result of my exchange with Marko from Slovenia. With a very original design, the coin features an effigy of Primoz Trubar in left profile to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his birth.
Primož Trubar, was a Slovene Protestant reformer, the founder and the first superintendent of the Protestant Church of the Slovene Lands, a consolidator of the Slovene language and the author of the first Slovene printed book.
Is any Finnish collector out there interested in swapping coins for some of these coins or portuguese ones?

Issuing volume: 1.000.000

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Commemorative Slovenian 3 euro coin

Issued year - 2008
These enormous bimettalic 3 euro coins depicted in the image, and all the others behind, including 3 currency coins from S. Marino, result of a recent exchange with Marko from Slovenia. This wonderful commemorative coin has been issued this year on the occasion of Slovenian Presidency of the European Union in 2008.

Issuing Volume: 300.000

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Commemorative Portuguese Beijing Olimpic Games

Look carefully to see front and reverse

Issued year - 2008, March

8 beautiful coins in the image, of a total of 487,500 issued this year here in Portugal. This 2,5 euros commemorative coins allusive to Portugal's participation in the Beijing Olympics Games, were designel by sculptor José Teixeira and presented in Lisboa, Portugal's capital, during a ceremony attended by many athletes to compete in the Olimpic Games. These coins are the first with 2,5 euros value in all Europe. At the moment only 7 available to swap for another commemorative coin, but trying hard to get more.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Commemorative German Schleswig-Holstein -"G"

Issued year - 2006, February
Here in Portugal we have some specific shops where we can buy at any day, any hour, freshly baked bread, still hot. We call that shops "Pão Quente" (which means "Hot Bread", roughly translated).
In my daily shop "Pão Quente", I received yesterday this wonderful german coin.
A very lucky day, because it represents my third Schleswig-Holstein Bunsdesland series coin. This "G" - Karslruhe mintmark is now going to make company to the other "F" - Stuttgart and "D" - Munich coins.

Issuing volume of this Schleswig-Holstein Bundesland series: 30.000.000

Monday, July 7, 2008

Commemorative Irish Rome Treaty

Issuance year - 2007, March
And there's still people who dislike their mother-in-law! I can't agree with that. My mother-in-law gave me a magnificent Irish coin, which is depicted in the image. It has strange characters in their Gaelic language, and it became my eighth Treaty of Rome commemorative coin. Bravo.
conradh na róımhe = Treaty of Rome
50 blıaın = 50 Years
eoraıp = Europe
éıre = Ireland
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaIssuing volume: 4.820.000

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Commemorative German Schleswig-Holstein -"F"

Issuance year - 2006, February
The photo is not good enough for such a beautiful coin. It's also one of the 22 sent by Wendy, from Netherlands, and it represents my second Schleswig-Holstein Bunsdesland series coin.
Owing to this recently coin exchange, I can now put side by side this "F" - Stuttgart mintmark coin with the "D" - Munich one.

Issuing volume of this German Schleswig-Holstein Bundesland series: 30 million coins

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Commemorative German Rome Treaty -"G"

Issuance year - 2007, March
The image features the seventh Rome Treaty coin in my collection, and the second one from Germany (Portugal, Spain, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany) and it was also sent by Wendy from Netherlands. Nice, very nice.
Thanks to her, my first German Treaty of Rome coin with "D" - Munich mintmark, has now the company of this "G" - Karslruhe.

Issuing volume:
A - 1 million
D - 14, 5 millions
F - 8 millions
G - 5 millions
J - 1,5 millions
Total - 30 millions coins

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Commemorative French Rome Treaty

Issuance year - 2007, March
The coin depicted in the image is a result of my last coin exchange with Wendy. She sent me 22 coins, but about this one, who represents my 6th Treaty Of Rome, I must write "avec soupless", as it is from "République Française". It sure looks good in my collection, along with the other five. Muchas Gracias.
Issuing volume: 9.400.000

Friday, June 27, 2008

Great New Swap

Once again, 22 more coins for my collection. Who sent them? As you can see in the picture, it was Wendy from Netherlands.
Three magnificent commemorative coins - French and German TOR and also a German Schleswig-Holstein, two wonderful currency ones from Slovenia and the others seventeen are from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and obviously from Netherlands.
Thanks again.