Monday, April 12, 2010

Spanish triumvirate...

Issuance year - 2010, March
For our second swap, Miguel C. from Madrid, Spain, sent me all the coins depicted in the image, including these 3 magnificent 2010 UNC Spanish "Cordoba" commemorative coins, in exchange of several portuguese commemorative ones.
This beautiful coin commemorates the historic centre of Cordoba, the first Spanish site to be included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1984. It portrays the “forest of pillars” of the Great Mosque of Córdoba, one of the most significant and oldest examples of Islamic art in Europe. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, the Mosque was later consecrated as a Christian cathedral and underwent a series of transformations.
The coin is the first in a new series dedicated to the Spanish sites on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One of those commemorative coins will be issued every year as from 2010.
Issuing volume: 8.000.000

Saturday, April 3, 2010

One more EMU coin...

Issued year - 2009, January

Not one very good photo for the German coin depicted in the image, that becomes the 3th German EMU coin in my collection, this one with mintmark "D" - Munich. Now only two more mintmarks are still missing, A and J.
The new 2 euro coin, issued in 2009, 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.

A = Berlin Mint; D = Munich Mint; F = Stuttgart Mint;
G = Karslruhe Mint; J = Hamburg Mint
Issuing volume: 30.000.000