Sunday, January 24, 2010


Issued year - 2009, September

Once in a while, not as often as I wish, Alexandra Vieira, a work mate, gives me precious coins, as this time. This coin recreates the gold Morabitino struck in Braga or in Lisbon in the reign of D. Sancho II (1223-1248), only one copy known to exist, belonging to the Portuguese Numismatic Museum, today considered to be one of the most important numismatic treasures.
The «Morabitino de D. Sancho II», with a face value of 1.50 euro, is the first of five coins to be issued by the Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office, that initiates, in 2009, the minting of a series of collection coins called «Tesouros Numismáticos Portugueses» (Portuguese Numismatic Treasures) recreating five of the most beautiful and rare examples of Portuguese coins.
Being a modern coin, its design is very close to the original it commemorates. It shows in its obverse the legend of the «República Portuguesa», the face value, the era and national shield represented in order to form a set with the composition shown in reverse where the image of the face «Morabitino» is recreated with the image of the King on horseback surrounded by the legend «REGIS PORTVGALENSVM».

Only one available to swap

Issuing volume: 100.000

Monday, January 18, 2010

Olé...spanish EMU

Issuance year - 2009, January
24, not the famous TV serie but the number of coins that George from Greece sent me for our last swap. The missing Spanish EMU coin (depicted in the image), the Greek EMU one and several currency missing coins, in exchange for several currency and also commemorative portuguese coins. Now, only Irish, Finnish and the Cypriot EMU coins, are missing.
EU citizens and residents have selected this winning design celebrating 10 years of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the creation of the euro.

Issuing volume of the Spanish EMU coin: 8.000.000

Saturday, January 9, 2010

German EMU from Netherlands

Issued year - 2009, January

Finally the post about the 5th commemorative sent by Bernard, from Netherlands. The German coin depicted in the image becomes the 2nd German EMU coin in my collection, this one with mintmark "F" - Karslruhe. Three more mintmarks are still missing, A, D and J.
The new 2 euro coin, issued last January, celebrates ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU). EU citizens and residents have selected the design by an on-line vote. The design, which symbolizes the euro as the latest step in the long history of European economic integration, was created by Mr G. Stamatopoulos, sculptor at the Minting Department of the Greek Central Bank. The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol.
See last 3 posts
A = Berlin Mint
D = Munich Mint
F = Stuttgart Mint
G = Karslruhe Mint
J = Hamburg Mint
Issuing volume: 30.000.000

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New year - Saarland State

Issued year - 2009, February
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSaarland State - Bundesländer
1 Saajjj
One more magnificent coin sent by Bernard, from Netherlands, in our last swap, still in 2009. Now, with this coin with mintmark "J"-Hamburg, the 2009 German Bunsdesland series coins (4th of 16) is completed (5 coins with five different mintmarks).
Germany started the commemorative coin series "Die 16 Bundesländer der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (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'.
See last posts and the next one...

Issuing volume of this 2009 Saarland bundesland series: 30.000.000