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Commemorative Coins February 2018

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Last year we dedicated few posts to bring you information about the 2 commemorative 2017 Euro coins: part I, part II and part III. This year 2018 we didn’t wanna wait. Here we bring you the information of the first commemorative coins that are already in circulation. The countries are: Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Spain. These countries have their 2 Euro 2018 commemorative are already available to purchase, here you have all the information.

 First 2 euro commemorative coins 2018

Austria

This republic is celebrating the centenary of its independence, because this year they are dedicating a coin to commemorate the event.

Centenary of the Austrian Republic

As a result of the First World War the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was created, and the old Austro-Hungarian Empire was dismembered. The treaty resulted in the creation of an independent state, the Republic of Austria. Austria became a republic against its own will, what they really wanted of be annexed to the new Republic of Weimar.

The Austrian republic, during several years was immersed in a several economic and social crisis. It wasn’t until it was annexed to the Third Reich in 1938, becoming the Ostmark region, when they start recovering from the crisis. After defeating the Nazis, the Allied forces occupied Austria since the end of the Second World War until 1955. This year finally the country became fully independent again.

As the austrian mint usually do, this new commemorative coin has a very detailed and high-quality design. The coin represents the statue of Pallas Athena, a goddess of wisdom, in the front of the Austrian Parliament building. The intentions using this design is to symbolize the knowledge, reason and talent that predominate in the decisions taken in the parliament. The text "100 JAHRE" is written next to the design as a reference to the centenary that commemorates the independence. On the left side of the coin, the minting year appears. On the right-lower part of the same face, and forming a semicircle, the name of the issuing country "REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH" (Republic of Austria) is written.

Finally, we want to remark the amount of coins that have been minted, a total of 18.100.100 units, which makes a clear reference to the centenary that commemorates.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

In addition to their respective national commemorative coins, the three Baltic republics have decided to mint a common coin in 2018. The reason for that is to commemorate the century of a relevant fact in its recent history.

Centenary of the Baltic Republics

After World War I and the Russian Revolution of 1917, the three republics managed to establish themselves as independent countries. They were sovereign until 1940, year in which they were annexed to the USSR. This Soviet domination was maintained until 1991, year in which they regained their independence thanks to the called Singing Revolution.

The design of the coin represents the common past, the present and the future of the Baltic Republics, all that is symbolized by a braid that unites the paths of the three countries. At the top of the coin appears the three threads that start the braid. Each thread represents one shield of the country, from left to right: a white knight for Lithuania, a lion and a winged for Latvia and, last, the three lions for Estonia. Finally, on the right side, the minting date (2018) appears, while the left part is reserved for the name of the issuing country in its official language: “Eesti, Latvija” or Lietuva.

Estonia

In addition to the previous common coin, Estonia has decided to dedicate its second 2018 commemorative coin to the centenary of the country's independence.

Centenary of the Estonia Republic

This second commemorative coin is the result of a design contest organized by the Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank). The winning design is the work of Ionel Lehari and Meelis Opmann, designer working for the agency OÜ. This agency is also the organization behind the official logo for the centenary of Estonia.

The design will be grabbed in the commemorative coin. The logo can be read as the numbers 18 or 100, this double arrangement of the numbers reflects two significant events. The number 18 is the year of the country foundation (1918) and 100, centenary of the republic. The design is completed with the inscription "SADA AASTAT EESTI VABARIIKI · EESTI 2018" which means "Year of the Republic of Estonia - Estonia 2018".

The symbolism of this coin has also been reflected in the mintage, which will be 1,317,800 units. Those units are the number of inhabitants that had the country according to the official statistics of January 1, 2017.

France

The first of the two commemorative coins of 2 euros that France has minted this 2018 are dedicated to celebrate the centenaries that take place this year, the Centennial of the end of the First World War.

Centenary of the the First World War end

The armistice of Compiègne on November 11, 1918 signed the end of the First World War. To commemorate this centenary, France has chosen the Bleuet of France. That symbol represent the desire of the people that went to help the mutilated soldiers in the First World War (1914-1918). The symbol ended up becoming a symbol of the entire French nation, grateful for the sacrifice of their soldiers in defense of their country and its ideals.

The center of the coin, designed by Joaquin Jimenez, is occupied by the Bleuet or cornflower. Around it appears the inscription: "Le Bleuet de France, fleur de mémoire et de solidarité", which means "La Bleuet de France, flower of memory and solidarity". Finally in the lower part of the coin, the dates that commemorate of the end of the First World War, 1918 - 2018.

In addition to the circulation coin, the mint of Paris has minted  10,000 colored coins in BU and Proof grades.

Germany

In addition to the coins dedicate to the Series of its states, Germany has minted another new commemorative coin for this year 2018.

Helmut Schmidt

The first commemorative coin minted by Germany this 2018 is dedicated to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Helmut Schmidt, one of the main promoters of the European Monetary System. Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (December 23, 1918 - November 10, 2015) was a great figure of German Social Democracy and Politics (SPD) in the 1970s, becoming Chancellor of the German Federal Republic from 1974 until 1982

The coin was designed by the Berlin artist Bodo Broschat. It shows the image of the old chancellor, Helmut Schmidt in his typical posture; his hair thrown to one side and his right hand raised like he was about to give a speech. It is a sensitive and finely modeled portrait. The left side of the coin is completed with the year of minting, 2018, and the initial of the issuing country, D, while the right side is reserved for the inscription "HELMUT SCHMIDT" and the dates "1918 - 2015 ".

Berlin State

The other commemorative coin that Germany has minted this 2018 belongs to the series dedicated to the 16 Federal States. That series began in 2006 with the coin dedicated to the State of Schleswig-Holstein. This year continues with Berlin State.

The Charlottenburg Palace, one of the most iconic building of Berlin, has been chosen to represent this state. It was built between 1695 and 1699 using a Baroque style. The building  was designed as a summer house for Sophia Carlota, Federico III's second wife. It is a very interesting building because its construction and its decoration, although it was partially destroyed in 1943 during II World War. Later the building had successive reconstructions returning part of its enchanted and highlighting its extensive and well-tended gardens, considered as one of its greatest attractions.

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The coin design is also work of Bodo Broschat and it shows the facade of the Charlottenburg Palace in the background. The entrance of the building is flanked by two of the statues, all in great detail. In the upper left part of the coin there is the date of minting, 2018, while on the right side are the initial corresponding to each of the five German mints (A, D, F, G or J). Finally, in the lower part we see the name of the state "BERLIN" and under it the initial of the issuing country Deutschland.

Slovakia

Slovakia also dedicates its 2018 coin to the commemorate the independence of the country. Although in this case it is not a centenary but its twenty-fifth anniversary.

25th Anniversary of Slovakia Republic

The Slovakia Republic is one of the latest countries joined to Europe after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in January 1993. Unlike what happened with the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the creation of the Czech Republic and the Slovakia Republic took place in an agreed and peaceful way. Since May 1, 2004, Slovakia is a member of the European Union and began using the common currency (euro) on January 1, 2009.

The design represents the adhesion of the country to the European Union, and the designer is Pavel Károly. This idea is represented by an arc with the symbol of the euro and the stars of the European flag. We see passing through this arc the map and the Coats of arms of Slovakia. Under the arc we also have the date "1.1.1993", representing the 25th anniversary of the independence of the country, celebrated this 2018. Finally, the name of the issuing country "SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA" is inscribed in a semicircle at the bottom.

Spain

The two commemorative coins that Spain has minted this 2018 are already in circulation.

50th birthday of King Felipe VI

The coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the birth of Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso of All Saints of Bourbon and Greece, or as he is known since his accession to the throne: Felipe VI King of Spain.

For this coin has also been used the coat of arms of King Philip VI, which appears in the center of the coin. The issuing country (SPAIN) and the year of minting (2018) appear on left side of the coin, while on the right side we have the mint mark. Finally, the inscription "50 ANIVERSARIO DE DON FELIPE VI" appears occupying the right exterior in the form of a semicircle, close to the rim.

Old town of Santiago de Compostela

Two of the most representative symbols of Santiago de Compostela have been used for this coin: Santiago the pilgrim and the cathedral.

James, son of Zebedee, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela. Historically, and since Early Middle Ages, it represents the end of the Camino de Santiago.

The design of the coin reproduces the image of Santiago Peregrino, which is located in the central arch of the Holy Door, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. On his left, the name of the issuing country "SPAIN" appears, next to it,  the year of minting 2018, and under this the mint mark. As in all two euro coins, the twelve stars of the European Union are located in the outer ring.



How is the acquisition of 2018 commemorative coins going? Have you already incorporated the first coins into your collection? Not yet? Well, do not wait any longer and get the first ones!