NumisMaster Logo
Home
Register
Sign In
Free Newsletter

Collector Info
In Print
Site Map
Andorra Prepares for Euro Coins
By Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News
July 23, 2013

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
>> Subscribe today or get your >> Digital Subscription


Euro coins of the Vatican are of great interest to modern coin collectors. The postage stamp size city-state issues small numbers of euro coins annually, making them almost instant collectibles. The Vatican issues euro coins on the premise the city-state based its previous coinage on the Italian lira. Today Italy is a participant in the European Union currency union. The Vatican by default now uses the euro as its currency as well.

Monaco and San Marino are also de facto euro coinage city-states, due to their monetary ties to France and Italy respectively. Although their euro coins are not sought as vigorously as are those of Vatican City, these coinages are of great interest to euro collectors as well.

What if yet another small independent state was to begin issuing circulation rather than commemorative euro coins? Well, it appears the tiny Principality of Andorra may be about to join that exclusive club.

Andorra requested the right to issue euro denominated coins in 2003. The application was submitted to and eventually approved by the Council of Europe. Andorra has had this approval for the euro to serve as the sole legal tender for the principality since April 1, 2012. The right to issue euro coins began July 1, 2013, however the Andorran Mint (Servei d’Emissions de la Vegueria Episcopal) has announced its first euro coins won’t be released until Jan. 1, 2014.

2014 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date
2014 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date

Thousands of substantial price increases have made this new edition invaluable.
Get your copy today!

Andorra is situated in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains. The principality is bordered by Spain and by France. Despite its small population and geographic size Andorra has been authorized to issue up to 2.5 million coins for its general use. Prior to 2002 when both Spain and France adopted the euro Andorra used both of their currencies (Spanish peseta and French franc) in circulation.

Designs for the 2014 Andorra euro coins were selected from a national competition in April. Models for these coins will be unveiled in September. It is understood the coins will be struck both by Real Casa de la Moneda in Spain and by Monnaie de Paris in France. It is not known if mintmarks will appear or not.

It is understood the head of a Pyrenean chamois or goat antelope will appear on the 1-, 2-, and 5-euro cent coins. A portion of the Fresco of Christ in Majesty located in the Esglesia de Sant Marti de la Cortinada church will be featured on the 10-, 20-, and 50-cent coins, while the 16th century home of the Consell General or Andorran Parliament called Casa de la Vall (Valley House) will be depicted on the 1-euro coin. The 2 euro will feature the heraldry of the principality.

The “European Union” side of each coin will use the generic designs appearing on all other coins issued by currency union members.



More Coin Collecting Resources:

• New bundles for paper money collectors are 50% off for a limited time! Find them here.

• Limited quantities of Australia’s Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake 2013 Silver Coin and the 2013 Mongolia Argali 500 Togrog Silver Coin are here!

• Get exclusive collectors’ value packs at special discounts for investing in collectible coins, world coin collectors and North American coin collectors

• Get the 2012 Coin of the Year – limited quantities remain!

• Get them instantly! Buy digital editions of past issues of World Coin News, Coins Magazine and Coin Market eXpress!

 



Add to: del.icio.us   digg
With this article: Email to friend   Print


Something to add? Notice an error? Comment on this article.
 



About Us | Contact Us | Privacy | Your data is secure
©2014 F+W Publications, Inc., Iola, Wisconsin. All rights reserved.