The Other Coins: Euros

Slovakia just issued their first Euros with Estonia (2010), Lithuania (2010), Latvia
(2012), Romania (2014), Poland (2012), Czech Republic (2012), Bulgaria (2012), and
Hungary (2013) to come. At first the loss of national coinage for standardization
seemed to be a great loss to numismatics; but, in fact, each nation has submitted their
own designs and the 2 euro is a yearly changing commemorative with 5, 10 and above
euros often bullion coins. There has been no loss of variety. The main loss is that the
Vatican coinage has been all but curtailed with a dispute between Italy and and the
papacy about the amount of coinage in euros that the Vatican can make, causing the
Vatican euros to not be circulating coins and very expensive.

Austria has monuments, monarchs, and flowers; Belgium has the current monarch;
Cyprus goats, ancient ship, and ancient statues; Finland the lion rampant; France stage
masks, walking liberty, and the liberty tree; oak leaf, eagle, and buildings; Greece has a
set of ships from ancient to modern, 18th and 19th century liberators, and the classic
tetradrachm; Ireland has their harp; Italy art, monuments, Dante, and DaVinci;
Luxembourg their monarch; Malta, their Maltese cross, crest, and ancient ruin;
Monaco and the Netherlands also their monarch; Portugal has several elaborate
designs;  San Marino various monuments and saints, and their crest; Slovenia has
monuments, a mountain, animals, and 18th and 19th century heroes; Spain has
cathedral, Cervantes, and the monarch; and the Vatican has the pope, Rome,
monuments statues, and papal crest. Slovakia will have an Orthodox cross, a
mountain, and a castle.

The loss of national coinage has resulted in no loss of variety and design in coins. The
1 and 2 euro coins are consisitently bimetallic and several countries are starting to vary
to design of the planchette.  The map of Europe on the reverse also changes as new
countries are added. Euros are fun modern coins to collect.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott