Sunday, December 20, 2009

A touch of Genius

Issued year - 2009, September
The bicentenary of the birth of Louis Braille coin, along with the others depicted in the image were also sent by Bernard, in exchange for several portuguese ones.
In the French town of Coupvray, near Paris, there stands a little stone house that, in 1809, was the home of the local harness maker, Simon René Braille, his wife Monique, and their growing family. On January 4th of that year, the house grew a little livelier with the birth of their fourth child, Louis. Louis was a bright and inquisitive child, characteristics that were to play a role both in the tragic accident that caused his blindness and in his triumph over the limitations to reading that were the normal consequences of blindness at that time...See last post and the next ones
Issuing volume: 5.000.000

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Two more Mecklenburg

Issued year - 2007, February
Still in November, the second swap with Bernard from The Netherlands brought me 5 commemorative (all depicted in the image) and 2 currency coins. Now, with these 2 commemorative German second series - 2007 with mintmarks "G" and "J", only mintmark "A", is missing. Thanks, Bernard.
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'.
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Issuing volume of this 2007 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Bundesland series:
"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

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Luxembourg EMU

Issued year - 2009, January
There it is. Depicted in the image, the second commemorative coin that Marián Sedílek, from Slovakia, sent me (see last post). One magnificent coin commemorating ten years of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), from Luxembourg, with a slightly different design from all the other countries (with vertical stripes in the center).
As a rule, euro countries may each issue only one €2 commemorative coin per year. Exceptionally, they are allowed to issue another, provided that it is a joint issuance like this EMU coin, and commemorates events of European-wide importance. These coins use a common design on the national side, showing the name of the issuing country as well as the event commemorated in the respective language(s).
Once again, thanks...

Issuing volume: 1.400.000

Friday, December 4, 2009

Freedom and Democracy

Issued year - 2009, November
This new Slovakian beauty depicted in the image together with the Luxembourg EMU coin, are the result of my first exchange with Marián Sedílek, from Slovakia. These two in exchange for 2 commemorative portuguese coins.
20th anniversary of 17 November 1989 (Day of the fight for freedom and democracy).The coin shows a stylised bell with keys serving as clappers. It recalls the demonstration on 17 November 1989 when protesters jangled their keys to symbolise the unlocking of doors, an event which marked the beginning of the ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Czechoslovakia, as it then was.
Thanks, Marián.
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Issuing volume: 1.000.000