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Denomination – 25 Pesos
Country – Mexico
Year – 1986
Mint – Mexico
Head Of State – President Miguel De La Madrid
Obverse – Lettering: Estados Unidos Mexicanos – Proof national Coat of Arms on a mirror-finish background. A golden eagle stands on a cactus, devouring a serpent
Reverse – The reverse features the denomination of 25 Pesos along with a soccer ball within net and the logo for the 1986 World Cup, and below that, the Mexican Mint mint mark. Along the right border is “Copa Mundial De Futbol” (World Cup of Football).Lettering: Copa Mundial De Futbol – Mexico 86 – 1986
Metal – Silver 1/4 oz
Fineness – 92,5%
Condition – Proof
Collection – Giannis Koromilas
Diameter  – 26.0 mm
Weight – 8,41 gr
Edge – Smooth
Melt Value – 7.09 USD (as of 28/03/2013)
Value – 15,00 USD (Source NGC Coins)
Krause : KM#519

This 1985 Mexican 25 Peso ¼ oz “World Cup” Proof Silver Coin was part of a series of commemorative coins celebrating Mexico’s hosting of the 1986 World Cup. This coin was also offered as Proof in 1986 individually and as part of a set. This coin contains 1/4 oz of silver and comes with the official 1986 World Cup logo.

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A new €50 World Design Capital Helsinki coin has been released by Mint of Finland during World Money Fair in Berlin. The 50 euros gold and silver coin minted to commemorate Helsinki as a 2012 World Design Capital awarded by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Only 5,000 pieces of this coins are minted by the Mint and it came with a beautiful gift package. The collector coin marking this momentous year has been designed by the designer Henna Lamberg. A 5 euro Aluminium-Bronze metal coin with the same design also has been released.


On the obverse show alternative smooth and uneven surfaces including triangular and peaked effects that give it a distinctive look and tactile attributes resulting in a three-dimensional appearance. The text on the coin reads “WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL HELSINKI 2012” and is placed around the inner disc which is off-center. The Mint’s logo appears towards the end of the legend.

On the reverse show an opposite illustration of the center disc as seen on the obverse and also includes the coin’s denomination positioned at the top along with free-style and directional linear additions all around the center disc which are recessed into the silver ring. The text “SUOMI FINLAND” is also seen towards the lower portion.

Technical Specifications:
Nominal value: 50 €
Metal: Ag 925/Au 750
Diameter: 27,25 mm
Weight: 10,8 g
Mintage: 5000
Designer: Henna Lamberg
Issue date: 3.2.2012
Year:  2012
Quality: Proof
Price: 430.00 €

If you’re interested on buying the coin, you can visit Mint of Finland at www.suomenrahapaja.fi.

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Denomination –  10 Euros
Country –  Greece
Year –  2007
Head Of State – Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis
Mint – Athens National Mint
Obverse – Closed zoom in to a typical view of the flowers and birds of the park.
Reverse – National emblem of Greece inside an artistic representation of a tree.
Designer – Georgios Stamatopoulos
Metal – 0,925 Silver
Krause – #KM 221
Condition – Proof
Mintage – 5,000
Diameter  –  40,00 mm
Weight – 34,00 gr
Interesting Facts – The river of Arkoudorema passes through the national park in Valia Kalda. The flora is just as impressive, with hundreds of types of trees, herbs, flowers and other plants which can only be found there. The geology and the flora are remnants of the ice age, as are twin lakes Flega at the centre of the park. There are no paved roads in the national park. Visitors can walk at the marked paths, the most famous of which is E6
Approx. Value – 58 Euros http://www.electacollections.com (as of February 2012)
Denomination –  10 Euros
Country –  Greece
Year –  2006
Head Of State – Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis
Mint – Athens National Mint
Obverse – In the obverse, The National Emblem Of Greece between flowers is depicted. On the top edge ‘Hellenic Republic’ is written in the Greek Alphabet. The face value of the coin is displayed along the lower edge.
Reverse – In Greek mythology, Zeus was the son of Cronus and Rhea and the highest-ranking god among the Olympian Gods. He was god of the sky and thunder and his attributes included thunder, the lightning bolt, the septer, and the eagle. Zeus (in Greek Dias) was the ruler of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the home of the gods. In 1981 UNESCO declared Mount Olympus an “International Biosphere Reserve” and in 1987 it was declared a National Park of Greece. This is the main motif of the reverse of this coin
Designer – Georgios Stamatopoulos
Krause – #KM 219
Metal – 0,925 Silver
Condition – Proof
Mintage – 5,000
Diameter  –  40,00 mm
Weight – 34,00 gr
Interesting Facts – In Greek mythology, Zeus was the son of Cronus and Rhea and the highest ranking god among the Olympian gods. He was god of the sky and thunder and his attributes included thunder and the lightning bolt, the scepter, and the eagle. Zeus (in Greek Dias) was the ruler of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the home of the gods. In 1987 the mountain was declared a National Park and in 1981 Unesco declared it an ‘International Biosphere Reserve’
Approx. Value – From 75 to 98 Euros (Taken From 2011 Ebay Auctions)
Denomination –  10 Euros
Country –  Greece
Year –  2003
Head Of State – Prime Minister Constantinos Simitis
Mint – Athens National Mint
Obverse – Logo of the Greek presidency, together with the words ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΙΚΗΣ ΕΝΩΣΗΣon the top and “HELLENIC PRESIDENCY OF EU” on the bottom, is depicted
Reverse – National Emblem of Greece, sourrounded by the words ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ (Greek Democracy) and the face value of €10 is shown.
Metal – 0,925 Silver
Condition – Proof
Mintage – 75.000 Proof (50.000 in the Coinset 2003)
Diameter  –  28,25 mm
Weight – 9,75 gr
Interesting Facts – This coin was issued to commemorate the Treaty of Accession (2003), signed in Athens on 16 April 2003, with Greece holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.The Treaty of Accession 2003 was the agreement between the European Union and ten countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary,Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia), concerning these countries’ accesion into the EU . At the same time it changed a number of points which were originally laid down in the Treaty Of NiceThe treaty was signed on 16 April 2003 in Athens, Greece and it entered into force on 1 May 2004, the day of the enlargement of the E.U.
Denomination –  2 Euros
Country –  Slovenia
Year –  2010
Head Of State – Prime Minister Borut Pahor
Mint – Rahapaja Oy, in Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland
Obverse – The inner part of the coin depicts the Rebrinčevolistna Hladnikija plant.
On the left under the plant, its name ‘HLADNIKIA PASTINACIFOLIA’ is written in an arc.
Around the image in a circle is the legend ‘SLOVENIJA 2010. 200 LET. BOTANIČNI VRT. LJUBLJANA.’
The outer ring of the coin depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Reverse – The reverse (used from 2007 onwards) was designed by Luc Luycx and displays a map of Europe, not including Iceland and cutting off, in a semi-circle, at the Bosporus, north through the middle of Ukraine and Belarus and through northern Scandinavia. Cyprus is located further west than it should be and Malta is shown disproportionally large so it appears on the map. The map has numerous indentations giving an appearance of geography rather than a flat design. Six fine lines cut across the map except where there is landmass and have a star at each end – reflecting the twelve stars on the flags of Europe. Across the map is the word EURO, and a large number 2 appears to the left hand side of the coin. The designer’s initials, LL, appear next to Cyprus. Luc Luycx designed the original coin, which was much the same except the design was only of the then 15 members in their entirety and showing border and no geographic features. The map was less detailed and the lines the stars were upon cut through where there would be landmass in eastern Europe if it were shown.
Metal – BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Luc Luycx (Reverse)
Edge – The €2 coin edge inscription is ‘S L O V E N I J A’, followed by an engraved dot
Mintage – 1,000,000
Diameter  –  25,70 mm
Weight – 8,52 gr
Interesting Facts – The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the opening of Ljubljana’s Botanical Garden, the oldest scientific and cultural institution in Slovenia.

Botanical Garden Slovenia

Established in 1810, the Ljubljana Botanical Gardens are Slovenia’s oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution operating uninterruptedly since its foundation. The Gardens contain more than 4,500 different species and subspecies. One third of them are endemic to Slovenia, while the rest originate from other parts of Europe and other continents. The Gardens, collaborating with more than 270 botanical gardens worldwide, are involved in scientific research and educational activities. They play an important role in the growing and protection of Slovenia’s endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species. Schedule 1 April – 31 October: 7:00-19:00 daily 1 November – 31 March: 7:00-17:00 daily June till August: 7:00-20:00 daily Location Ljubljana Botanical Gardens’ sections Arboretum: A part of the Gardens dominated by trees. Plant System: A section where plants are arranged in the form of the tree of life according to their evolutionary relationships. Ecological Groups: An area planted mainly with marsh and water species requiring special conditions for growth outside their natural habitat. Ecological and Geographical Groups: A section where mainly plant species from mountain and karst areas are sorted according to their geographical origin. Glasshouse: A section housing mainly tropical plant species, which require high air moisture levels and more or less even temperatures throughout the year. Cultivation Section: A plant bed section used for the research, cultivation and propagation of plants to be transplanted to other parts of the Gardens. 
Value – 3,40 euros http://www.fleur-de-coin.com/eurocoins/slovenia-2-euro-coins.asp
Denomination –  2 Euros
Country –  Slovenia
Year –  2011
Head Of State – Prime Minister Borut Pahor
Mint – Rahapaja Oy, in Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland
Obverse – The center of the coin shows at the left side (Franc Rozman) his effigy with a fivepointed star and at the right side his name, the name of the country, his year of birth and death and the year of emission, 2011. The rim contains the twelve European stars.
Reverse – The reverse (used from 2007 onwards) was designed by Luc Luycx and displays a map of Europe, not including Iceland and cutting off, in a semi-circle, at the Bosporus, north through the middle of Ukraine and Belarus and through northern Scandinavia. Cyprus is located further west than it should be and Malta is shown disproportionally large so it appears on the map. The map has numerous indentations giving an appearance of geography rather than a flat design. Six fine lines cut across the map except where there is landmass and have a star at each end – reflecting the twelve stars on the flags of Europe. Across the map is the word EURO, and a large number 2 appears to the left hand side of the coin. The designer’s initials, LL, appear next to Cyprus. Luc Luycx designed the original coin, which was much the same except the design was only of the then 15 members in their entirety and showing border and no geographic features. The map was less detailed and the lines the stars were upon cut through where there would be landmass in eastern Europe if it were shown.
Metal – BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Edi Berk (Obverse) – Luc Luycx (Reverse)
Edge – The €2 coin edge inscription is ‘S L O V E N I J A’, followed by an engraved dot
Mintage – 971,000 – 15,000 in coincards – 14,000 proof
Diameter  –  25,70 mm
Weight – 8,52 gr
Interesting Facts – Franc Rozman,nicknamed Stane (1911–1944), was a Slovenian Yugoslav partisan commander in World War II. In Slovenia he is considered a national hero. In the spring of 1942 Rozman became the commander of a Slovene partisan brigade established on April 5 1942 at Kremenik in Lower Carniola, and numbering more than 300 fighters. Measured by composition, organization, training, and fighting power, this was the most powerful Slovene partisan unit at that time. On 13 July 1943, he became a commander of the High Command of the Slovene partisan army with the rank of lieutenant general, which he held up to his death. Rozman died in White Carniola as a consequence of a serious wound received while testing new mortar weapons sent to the partisans by their British Allies.

2011 2 Euro Commemorative Fernao Mendes Pinto

Denomination –  2 Euros
Country –  Portugal
Year –  2011
Head Of State – Prime Minister Pedro Manuel Mamede Passos Coelho
Mint – Lisbon (Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda)
Obverse – This issue celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Portuguese explorer and writer Fernão Mendes Pinto.Fernão Mendes Pinto (1511—1583) was a Portuguese adventurer and author of the Peregrinação (The Travels of Mendes Pinto), a literary masterpiece depicting the impression made on a European by Asian civilization, notably that of China, in the 16th century. Pinto went to India in 1537 and later claimed to have traveled, fought, and traded in almost every part of Asia during the next 21 years and also to have experienced drastic reversals of fortune, having been made “13 times a prisoner and 17 a slave.”
Reverse – The reverse (used from 2007 onwards) was designed by Luc Luycx and displays a map of Europe, not including Iceland and cutting off, in a semi-circle, at the Bosporus, north through the middle of Ukraine and Belarus and through northern Scandinavia. Cyprus is located further west than it should be and Malta is shown disproportionally large so it appears on the map. The map has numerous indentations giving an appearance of geography rather than a flat design. Six fine lines cut across the map except where there is landmass and have a star at each end – reflecting the twelve stars on the flags of Europe. Across the map is the word EURO, and a large number 2 appears to the left hand side of the coin. The designer’s initials, LL, appear next to Cyprus. Luc Luycx designed the original coin, which was much the same except the design was only of the then 15 members in their entirety and showing border and no geographic features. The map was less detailed and the lines the stars were upon cut through where there would be landmass in eastern Europe if it were shown.
Metal – BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Condition – Uncirculated
Creator – Luc Luycx (Reverse)
Edge – Five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced
Mintage – 520,000
Diameter  –  25,70 mm
Weight – 8,52 gr
Interesting Facts – Extremely low mintage quantity for a euro coin. Over the years the value is expected to rise. The characteristics of these coins were approved by Executive Order No 253/2011, published in the Official Gazette, Series I – No 121 of 27 June 2011 and Executive Order No 185/2011, published in the Official Gazette, Series I – No 88 of 6 May 2011.
Value – Taken from several coin websites at (12/1/2012)

This is the design for the new commemorative Greek 2 Euro Coin celebrating 10 years of Greek euro coins (2002-2012). Lets hope that there will be more anniversaries to come… Otherwise drachma had a greater history and some speciments were good looking too…


In February 2012 Slovakia will issue the first blister for 2012 including apart from the 8 regular euro coins, the common european commemorative 2 euro coin, celebrating 10 years of eurocoins circulation. The price is unknown at the time (an estimate is 20 euros) but the tirage will be 6.000 pieces !!!!!!!!!!