Cyprus moved to the Euro from January 2008
. When i learnt that the euro coins of the different countries were different, my passion for coin collecting was rekindled. I used to collect coins in high school and i still have hundreds of them back in India. After i moved to Cyprus, i moved to collecting currency notes as there were many people travelling in my company.
Few weeks back, i started to collect the various euro coins and mailed to people in the various euro countries (who were returning to Cyprus) to bring back coins for me. I now have 37 coins from the various Euro countries. Given below is my “Euro Portfolio”.
Before writing this post, I was readin up stuff on the net (mainly wikipedia) about Euro coin collection. I was surprised to find that my collection would not be complete if i just get the above mentioned ones. There are a LOT more, too many of them! The wiki page on the Euro coins
explains in detail the history of Euro coins and I was surprised to find that:
In 2007, a new design was introduced to reflect the enlargement in 2004. The design still retains all elements of the original designs, including the twelve stars, however the map of the fifteen states is replaced by one showing the whole of Europe ‘as a continent’ without borders. The vertical ridges only appear over the ‘sea’.
This means that the entire collection above (except the ones which started in 2008) would have to be duplicated with the older/newer version of the coins. Also, there are dozens of commemorative coins which were issued. It is going to take ages to collect all of them!
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