Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Good "stuff"

Issuance year - 2009, January

Another swap with George from Greece. Very good the splendid UNC Cypriot EMU, but also the Greeke 2007 2 € Rome Treaty, and almost all the 2009 currency UNC Greek coins and several missing coins (all depicted in the image). Right now, only the Irish and the Finnish EMU ones are missing. Thanks again.
In 2008 the two newest Euro members, Cyprus and Malta, released their first official Euro coins into circulation.
Issuing volume: 1 000 000

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Another "Louis Braille"

Issuance year - 2009, September/October

Depicted in the image, one more coin sent by Bernard from Netherlands. This fabulous Italian coin celebrates the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth. The coin depicts a hand reading an open book by touch. The index finger points at a vertical inscription ‘LOUIS BRAILLE 1809-2009’ and two birds in flight above the hand symbolise freedom of knowledge. Braille’s name is written under the book in the alphabet that he invented. Last year, Belgium has also issued one commemorative coin celebrating Louis Braille. Thanks.
See last Post
Issuing volume: 2.500.000

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cheaper by the dozen...

Issuance year - 2009, October
Another swap with Bernard from Netherlands. This time he sent me 12 coins - this magnificent 2009 "200th anniversary of Finnish autonomy and Porvoo Diet" one, along with 2 more commemorative coins - the Slovak "Freedom and Democracy" and the Italian "Louis Braille", and some currency coins (all depicted in the image), in exchange for several Portuguese ones. Thanks.
The first Diet of Finland met in 1809 in Porvoo, so the coin shows a profile of Porvoo cathedral, where the opening ceremony took place, and ‘1809’ written in stylised numbering above.

See next post
Issuing volume: 1.600.000

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Facebook" Italian EMU coin

Issuance year - 2009, January

Due to one Facebook italian contact, Valerio Estel, I received the Italian EMU depicted in the image, in exchange for a Portuguese commemorative coin. Now, as I'm waiting for the Cypriot EMU, only the Irish and Finnish ones are missing.
For the second time in its short story, all eurozone member states have issued a €2 coin with a common design also on the national side. In 2007, the issue celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, while this new fabulous €2 coin celebrates ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU).
annnnnnnnnnnnnn a Issuing volume: 2.500.000