2 euro commemorative coins

Euro gold and silver commemorative coins

This article covers only the Gold and Silver issues of the euro commemorative coins (collectors coins). It also includes some rear cases of bimetal collectors coins (Titanium, Niobium, etc.). See :€2 commemorative coins for circulating commemorative coins.

Introduction

In the Eurozone, as a legacy of old national practice is the minting of silver and gold commemorative coins. Unlike normal issues, these coins are not legal tender in all the Eurozone, but only in the country where the coin was issued. For instance, a €10 Finnish commemorative coin cannot be used in the Netherlands.

Despite this, these coins are not really intended to be used as means of payment, as their bullion value generally vastly exceeds their face value, so it does not constitute a serious problem. The major exception is Germany, where silver ten euro commemoratives are available at banks and some retailers at face value. The coins, however, generally do not circulate.

It is uncertain whether the Council of Ministers will grant them legal tender status elsewhere outside national boundaries, as San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City also issue these kind of coins.

Europa Coin Programme

The Europa Coin Program is a multi-member participation of minting precious metal coin with a particular theme.

  • 2004 - EU enlargement
  • 2005 - Peace & freedom
  • 2006 - Distinguished European figures
  • 2007 - European Realisation
  • 2008 - Cultural heritage

Summary

This is a summary of the euro gold and silver commemorative coins issued by all countries in the eurozone.

Country Issues   By Year   By metal
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Gold Silver Others
Austria 83
Belgium 28
Finland 24
Ireland 11
Malta 2
Netherlands 24
Slovakia 5
Slovenia 5
Total ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Country Issues   By face value
€100,000 €100 €50 €30 €25 €20 €15 €12.5 €10 €5 €3 €1.50
Austria 83
Belgium 28
Finland 24
Ireland 11
Netherlands 24
Slovakia 2
Slovenia 5
Total ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Austria

Austria joined the eurozone in 2002, and from the very beginning they have been minting a fairly large set of collectors' coins. The record was reached in 2004, when 14 different coins were minted. Also this year, there was a unique and particular edition of a very special coin: the €100,000 Vienna Philharmonic, only 15 coins minted.

Austria use mainly gold and silver for their collectors' coins. However, since 2003 a special bimetal coin, €25 face value, has been minted using silver and colored niobium, giving this set of coins a unique characteristic, since they have different color variations every year.

With the exception of the 2004 Vienna Philharmonic coin and the recently introduced 2008 silver €1.25 Vienna Philharmonic, there is no variation in the number of issues when sorted by face value, from €5 to €100 there is a similar number of issues every year.

Vienna Philharmonic Coin

A unique piece in the Austrian collection is the Vienna Philharmonic coin. This coin is struck in pure gold, 999.9 fine (24 carats). It is issued every year, in four different face values, sizes and weights. It is used as an investment product (bullion coin), although it finishes almost always in hands of collectors. According to the World Gold Council, was the best selling gold coin in 1992, 1995 and 1996 world wide.

Since 1st February 2008, this coin is being minted in Silver as well. Both side of the coin features as on the Vienna Philharmonic pure gold coin. Its face value of „1,50 Euro“ gives the silver piece its coin character, but is not relevant for the actual market value of the coin.

2008 Europe Taler

Once again Austria makes a major milestone in numismatics: the launch of the largest silver coin in the world has been made by Hall in Tirol. It has been revealed on the occasion of the 2008 European Championship of Football in Austria and Switzerland. The front side design of the coin is as old as five centuries. 500 years ago in Trient, Kaiser Maximilian I crowned himself Emperor and a propaganda coin was issued by the Mint in Hall. In the coin was written: "King of all the lands in Europe”. This inscription included the word “Europe” for the first time. The obverse corresponds to that from the time of Maximilian in 1508. It shows the emperor mounted in armour on a horse. This massive coin has a diameter of 360 mm and a weight of 20.08 kg.

A smaller version for collectors will also be minted and will be sold at €108.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €100,000 €100 €50 €25 €20 €10 €5 €1.50
2002 11
2003 12
2004 14
2005 13
2006 13
2007 9
2008 11
Total 83 35 37 6 1 12 12 11 14 19 13 1

Belgium

Belgium joined the eurozone in 2002, and since then they have been minting collectors' coins. In the first two years, there were not that many coins being minted, only 2 issues per year. Since 2004, a gradual increase of their mints has been seen, with a record of six coins minted in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

With the exception of the Belgian €2 commemorative coins and the normal Belgian euro coins, which are intended for circulation, only one coin have been minted by the Royal Belgian Mint using other materials than gold and silver. This coin, the 2006 "50th anniversary of the catastrophe Bois du Cazier at Marcinelle", is a silver coin with a portrait embossed in cupper. It is also the only bimetal commemorative coins minted so far; any other collectors' coins has been minted completely in either silver or gold, they have not used any other materials and they have not minted any other bimetal coins.

They also mint the collectors' coins issues in very low quantities; some of their coins disappear from the market in a few weeks post release. Typically the majority of the coins minted have a face value of €100 or €10. In the recent years coins with face value €50, €25, €20 and €12.5 has also been minted.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €100 €50 €25 €20 €12.5 €10
2002 2
2003 2
2004 4
2005 4
2006 6
2007 6
2008 4
Total 28 13 15 0 6 4 1 2 2 13

Finland

Finland joined the eurozone in 2002, and they continued their tradition of minting collectors' coins. They do not mint too many coins per year; only 3 to 4 coins. The record was reached in 2005 with 5 coins minted.

Finland, like no other country in the union, has a tendency to use mainly silver in their collectors' coin issues and a very distinctive way of alternating other materials, like Gold, Nickel-Copper, Nordic Gold ... etc. They have minted more bimetal collectors' coins than gold coins. That is the main reason why the vast majority of the Finish coins have a low face value, with almost 70% of their issues having a face value of €10 or €5. As a result, the Finish gold coins have a really high value in the market because they are fairly difficult to find.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €100 €50 €20 €10 €5
2002 3
2003 4
2004 3
2005 4
2006 5
2007 4
2008 2
Total 25 4 13 8 3 2 3 11 6

France

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others - - - -
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 -
Total - - - - - - - -

Germany

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €200 €100 €10 -
2002 7
2003 7
2004 7
2005 7
2006 6
2007 6
2008 3
Total 43 7 36 - 1 6 36 -

Greece

Ireland

Ireland joined the eurozone in 2002, however they did not mint any collectors' coins until 2003. Ireland has kept their issues to the very minimum with one or two coins per year. The records was reached in 2007, when only three coins where issued.

The vast majority of the Irish coins are made of silver, only since 2006 Irish euro collectors' coins have been seen in gold. In 2003, a very special coin was issued, the only one with a face value of €5 minted so far, and the only one made of two colors (not to be confused with bimetal coins), using alloys of other materials. This coins was issued commemorating the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games hosted in Ireland; it was the biggest mint ever with 60,000 coins released.

In general, Ireland mint coins with very low face value, but because of the rarity of their gold coins, they are quoted in the market at very high values.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €20 €15 €10 €5
2002 0
2003 2
2004 1
2005 1
2006 2
2007 3
2008 2
Total 11 3 7 1 3 1 6 1

Italy

Luxembourg

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €25 €20 €10 €5
2002 1
2003 1
2004 2
2005 1
2006 4
2007 1
2008 2
Total 12 4 8 1 6 1 4 1

Malta

Malta joined the Eurozone in 1 January 2008. In such a short period they have minted two coins: one in silver with face value €10 and one in gold with face value €50. Both coins have the same motive: Auberge de Castille.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €50 €10
2008 2
Total 2 1 1 - 1 1

Monaco

Netherlands

Netherlands joined the eurozone in 2002, and they continued their tradition of minting collectors' coins. They do not mint too many coins per year; average is 2 silver and 2 gold coins per year. The record was reached in 2006 with 6 coins minted.

Some issues are also minted in Netherlands Antillean guilder and in Aruban florin. These commemorative coins have the same subject, but a different design. They are also minted in a gold and in a silver version.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €50 €20 €10 €5
2002 2
2003 5
2004 4
2005 5
2006 6
2007 2
2008 -
Total 24 13 11 - 2 3 11 8

Portugal

San Marino

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others - - - -
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 -
Total - - - - - - - -

Slovakia

Summary

Slovakia will join the Eurozone on 1 January 2009. They already have two variations of Slovak commemorative coins scheduled to be minted in 2009. These special high-value commemorative coins are not to be confused with €2 commemorative coins, which are coins designated for circulation and do have legal tender status in all countries of the Eurozone. So far the coins will be in silver with face value 10 and 20 euro respectively.

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
gold silver others €20 €10
2009 2
Total 2 0 2 0 1 1

Slovenia

Slovenia joined the Eurozone in January 1, 2007. Although they did not mint any collectors' coin in 2007, in such a short time they already built a small collection, with face value ranging from €3 to €100. Is right here, in the face value, where the uniqueness of the Slovenian coins can be found. They have so far €3, €30 and €100 coins; using other materials, silver and gold for each of those coins.

Since the coins are fairly new, they can be easily obtained in the market at a lower value compared to the coins of other countries in the eurozone, particularly those difficult coins to find of 2002 or 2003.

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others €100 €30 €3
2008 5
Total 5 2 2 1 2 2 1

Spain

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others - - - -
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 -
Total - - - - - - - -

Vatican City

Summary

Year Issues   By metal   By face value
Gold Silver Others - - - -
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 -
Total - - - - - - - -

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