Sunday, February 3, 2013

Luxembourg Royal Highness

Issued year - 2012, January
The Grand-Duke Henri and the Grand-Duke Guillaume IV from the series "grand-ducal dynasty".
Depicted in the image's foreground is another commemorative coin, sent by Jose, from Spain, last year, in exchange for several portuguese commemorative coins.
The coin depicts, on the left of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right, and superimposed of the effigy of the Grand-Duke Guillaume IV, looking to the right. The text "GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG" and the year-date "2012", flanked by the mintmark and the initials of the Mintmaster, appear above of effigies on the inner part of the coin. In front of the effigies, the outline of the city Luxembourg appears as background. The names "HENRI" and "GUILLAUME IV" as well as the text "† 1912" are depicted below their respective effigies. 
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Issuing volume: 1.400.000

Abbé Pierre

Issuance year - 2012, July

The 100th anniversary of the birth of the Abbé Pierre, famous in France as protector of the Poor
One more UNC commemorative coin sent by Jose, from Murcia, Spain, last year, in exchange for several portuguese commemorative coins.
This beautiful french coin depicts a portrait of the Abbé Pierre, with its béret, and the logo of its foundation, with a microtext mentioning `Et les autres?´ which was its favorite motto to recall that one should never forget to help the others. The letters `RF´ do appear for `Republique française´ together with the horn of plenty, mintmark of Monnaie de Paris on the left side, and the `fleurette´, hallmark of the engraving workshop on the right side. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Issuing volume: 1.000.000

Spanish twins

Ten Years of Euro Banknotes and Coins - TYE

In our last swap, in 2012, Jose, from Murcia, Spain, sent me 7 UNC commemorative coins and also the currency 2010 1 € S.Marino coin, all depicted in the image, in exchange for several portuguese commemorative coins. In the foreground are two Spanish 2012 TYE coins. The inner part of the coin, designed by Helmut Andexlinger of the Austrian Mint and chosen by citizens and residents of the euro area to be the common commemorative coin for 2012, features the world in the form of a euro symbol in the centre, showing how the euro has become a true global player over the last ten years. The surrounding elements symbolise the importance of the euro to ordinary people (represented by a family group), to the financial world (the Eurotower), to trade (a ship), to industry (a factory), and to the energy sector and research and development (two wind turbines).This is the third time the euro-area members have decided to collectively issue a commemorative coin. The first was in 2007, when the finance ministers of the then thirteen countries agreed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome with a single commemorative coin and the second time was in 2009 when sixteen countries celebrated 10 years of the EMU.
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Issuing volume: 8.000.000