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Coin Varieties of The European Union Countries

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The 2 euro coins have mostly 2 inscriptions at the side of the coin. It's very easy to see on the coins from Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Greece and Portugal.
When you face the 2 up, and you can read the inscription, it's called A-inscription ( ). When the inscription is up-side-down, it's a B-inscription ( ).

With the other coins it's a lot harder to see the difference. Most of those coins have only a 2 and 2 stars. And then again the same up-side-down.
But there is a difference: the stars have 5 'tips', 2 face down, 2 to the sides and 1 faced up. Like this:


That way you can have 2 different inscriptions.

This is called '2**':

And this is called '**2':

 

MINTMARKS:
Germany:
  A = Berlin, D = München, F = Stuttgart, G = Karlsruhe, J = Hamburg
Greece:  E = Spain, F = France, S = Finland, without mintmarks = Greece

The Belgian coin of 1 cent (1999) has also 2 versions: One with small stars, and one with big stars.

Also the 20 cent from Belgium (2002) has 2 versions. The left one has small stars, and the right one has big stars

The Italian coin of 10 cent has 3 different versions:

Portuguese 1 Euro Coins have 2 variations, one with 3x28 stripes and the other with 3x29 stripes on the edge!

The edge of the 2 portuguese Euros

To find this variation, you must put common face up and look to the edge of the coin. The are two variations. 

Type A

Type B


(7 castles and 5 shields)

(Webpage author's comment:- To me this just indicates a random process as to which side of the coin falls upwards since Type A and B are the same other than the reverse of each other. Tony)

Information below has been sourced from www.eurocoins.liesemeijer.com

Die Variants

Country
Year
MM
Value
Description
Image
Belgium 1999   1 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Big stars & bigger one in 1999
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Small stars & normal yearmark 1999
 
  10 cent
Var.1
 
Var.2
 
2002   20 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Big stars
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Small stars
  1 euro
Var.1
National Side
1. ???
 
Var.2
National Side
1. ???
Country Year MM Value Description Image
France 1999   1 cent
Var.1a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) halfway outside the star points
2. Mintmark very close above the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a bit closer to the star then F
Common Euro Side
1. Six dots get out of the stars (normal)
 
Var.1b
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) halfway outside the star points
2. Mintmark very close above the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a bit closer to the star then F
Common Euro Side
1. Six lines get out of the stars
 
Var.2a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) halfway outside the star points
2. Mintmark far above the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a much closer to the star and F
Common Euro Side
1. Six dots get out of the stars (normal)
 
Var.2b
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) halfway outside the star points
2. Mintmark far above the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a much closer to the star and F
Common Euro Side
1. Six lines get out of the stars
 
Var.3a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark far above the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a much closer to the star and F
Common Euro Side
1. Six dots get out of the stars (normal)
 
Var.3b
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark far above the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a much closer to the star and F
Common Euro Side
1. Six lines get out of the stars
 
Var.4a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark rather close to the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a bit closer to the star and F
Common Euro Side
1. Six dots get out of the stars (normal)
 
Var.4b
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark rather close to the yearmark
3. Mintmastermark a bit closer to the star and F
Common Euro Side
1. Six lines get out of the stars
 
  2 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) halfway outside the star points
Common Euro Side
1. The edge of the number 2 is pointy (normal)
 
Var.2a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely in between the star points
2. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and rather close to the yearmark
Common Euro Side
1. The edge of the number 2 is round
 
Var.2b
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely in between the star points
2. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and rather close to the yearmark
Common Euro Side
???
 
Var.2c
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely in between the star points
2. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and rather close to the yearmark
Common Euro Side
1. The edge of the number 2 is pointy (normal)
 
Var.3a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely in between the star points
2. Mintmark hardly closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and rather close to the yearmark
Common Euro Side
1. The edge of the number 2 is round
 
Var.3c
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely in between the star points
2. Mintmark hardly closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and rather close to the yearmark
Common Euro Side
1. The edge of the number 2 is pointy (normal)
 
Var.4a
National Side
???
Common Euro Side
1. The edge of the number 2 is round
 
  5 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) outside the star points
Common Euro Side
1. Six dots get out of the stars (normal)
 
Var.2a
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and less steep left upwards
Common Euro Side
1. Six dots get out of the stars (normal)
 
Var.2b
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and less steep left upwards
Common Euro Side
1. Six lines get out of the stars
 
Var.3
National Side
1. Designermark (F.COURTIADE) completely between the star points
2. Mintmark a much closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne and very steep left upwards
Common Euro Side
1. Six lines get out of the stars
 
  20 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark almost on the same level of the 5th horizontal line from down and rather steep left upwards
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark under the 5th horizontal line from down and a bit steep left upwards
 
  50 cent
Var.1
National Side
???
 
Var.2
National Side
???
 
  1 euro
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark much closer to the triangle´s sides then to the triangle´s base
2. Mintmastermark points into the direction above the trangle´s left down corner
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark hardly closer to the triangle´s sides then to the triangle´s base
2. Mmintmastermark points into the direction of the trangle´s left down corner
 
2001   1 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne
2. Mintmastermark a bit closer to the F then to the star
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark a bit closer to the F then to the hair of Marianne
2. Mintmastermark much closer to the F then to the star
 
  2 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. The mintmark´s lowest point almost above the left side of the 2
2. Left end of the mintmastermark is left of the top of the 1
 
Var.2
National Side
1. The mintmark´s lowest point at the left side of the 2
2. Left end of the mintmastermark is exactly above the top of the 1
 
Country Year MM Value Description Image
Germany 2002 A, F, G 1 cent
Var.1
Common Euro Side
1. Image has normal size.
 
Var.2
Common Euro Side
1. Image is approximately 5% smaller. Can be seen by coin value 1 and globe. Also stars are a bit further from the edge.
 
A, D, J 2 cent
Var.1
Common Euro Side
1. Image has normal size.
 
Var.2
Common Euro Side
1. Image is approximately 5% smaller. Can be seen by coin value 2 and globe. Also stars are a bit further from the edge.
 
D 5 cent
Var.1
Common Euro Side
1. Image has normal size.
 
Var.2
Common Euro Side
1. Image is approximately 5% smaller. Can be seen by coin value 5 and globe. Also stars are a bit further from the edge.
 
Country Year MM Value Description Image
Italy 2002   10 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmastermark (CM) is small and is far from the edge and the letter M is little knacked in the middle
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmastermark (CM) are bigger and thinner and is closer to the edge and the letter C is smaller then the M
Var.3
National Side
1. Mintmastermark is small and is far from the edge but the letter M is more knacked in the middle and the letters C and M are closer to each other
Country Year MM Value Description Image
The Netherlands 1999   2 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark and mintmastermark are low compared to the yearmark
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark and mintmastermark are high compared to the yearmark
 
  5 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark is low related to the yearmark
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark is high related to the yearmark
 
  10 cent
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark and mintmastermark are low compared to the yearmark
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark and mintmastermark are high compared to the yearmark
 
  1 euro
Var.1
National Side
1. Mintmark is low compared to the yearmark
 
Var.2
National Side
1. Mintmark is high compared to the yearmark
 

Edge Variants

Country Year MM Value Description Image
Belgium 2000   2 euro
Var.1
1. Small star within right star of upward 2
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Var.2
1. Small star within left star of upward 2
Country Year MM Value Description Image
France 1999   2 euro
Var.1
1. Small star within right star of upward 2
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Var.2
1. Small star within left star of upward 2
2000   2 euro
Var.1
1. Small star within right star of upward 2
Var.2
1. Small star within left star of upward 2
Country Year MM Value Description Image
Germany 2003 A 10 euro WM
Var.1
1st E in "DIE"
has a shorter middle horizontal bar
 
D
Var.2
2nd E in "WELT"
has a shorter middle horizontal bar
 
F
Var.3
3rd E in "BEI"
has a shorter middle horizontal bar
 
G
Var.4
4th E in "FREUNDEN"
has a shorter middle horizontal bar
 
J
Var.5
5th E in "FREUNDEN"
has a shorter middle horizontal bar
 
Country Year MM Value Description Image
The Netherlands 1999   2 euro
Var.1
1. Big letters and stars
 
Var.2
1. Small letters and stars
 
2001   2 euro
Var.1
1. Big letters and stars
 
Var.2
1. Small letters and stars
2. The letter D in GOD is hanging to the right and the S in ONS is smaller
 
Country Year MM Value Description Image
Portugal 2002   1 euro
Var.1
1. 28 stripes (3x)
 
Var.2
1. 29 stripes (3x)

Euro Coin Edge Variant - 2 Euro Double Star

The Belgium, French, Irish, Spanish and Luxembourg 2 euro edge inscription have one edge star with a smaller star inside, a so called double star.
All the other edge stars are regular single stars. This double star on certain Belgium and French 2 euro coins can be positioned either on the left or on the right side of the upward 2.

The two different stars

The left star is a regular star
The right star is a double star

Normal star left of the 2

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Double star on the left of the 2

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Detailed view of a double star

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The following has been sourced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identifying_marks_on_euro_coins

Commemorative issue €2 edge inscriptions

Generally the edge inscription of a €2 commemorative coin does not change from the standard issue counterpart. There are a few exceptions.

 

The following has been sourced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identifying_marks_on_euro_coins

Mint marks

The use of mint marks on euro coins takes one of these three forms:
a single letter representing a city or country
the abbreviation of the country's mint
the symbol of the country's mint

Mint master marks and privy marks

Mint master marks or privy marks are symbols representing directors, chief engravers or chief executive officers of mints.

Belgium

The directors of the Monnaie Royale de Belgique/Koninklijke Munt van België (Royal Belgian Mint) in Brussels uses mint master's marks on all €2 commemorative coins and on all Belgian euro coins with a datestamp from 2008 onwards minted at this location.

Finland

The director of the Rahapaja Oy (Mint of Finland, LTD.) mint in Helsinki-Vantaa used a mint master's mark on Finnish euro coins minted at this location with the date stamp between 1999 and 2006.

France

The directors of Monnaie de Paris in Pessac use mint master's marks on all French euro coins minted at this location.

Luxembourg

Luxembourgian euro coins dated 2002 were minted in the Netherlands in 2000 and thus bear the mint master mark of E. J. van Schauwenburg, temporary director of the Utrecht mint during the year of coin production. The coinage act of Luxembourg stipulates that national coins can not have a date stamp prior to the year of issue. Therefore, Luxembourgian euro coins bear the mint master mark of the temporary director at the time of minting, despite the date on the coins.

Coins dated 2003–2004 bear the mint master mark of Maarten Brouwer, director of the Utrecht mint from 2003–present. Luxembourgian euro coins dated 2005–2006 were produced at Rahapaja Oy, in Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland. Since the mint director does not affix a mint master mark to coins in production at this location, these coins do not bear a mint master mark.

Luxembourgian euro coins dated 2007-2008 were produced at Monnaie de Paris, in Pessac, France and bear the mint master mark of Hubert Larivière, director of the Paris mint.

As of 2009, coins are again minted at the Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Luxembourg is the only member of the Eurozone to have all of their coins produced at three different foreign mints.


Monaco

Monegasque euro coins are produced by Monnaie de Paris, in Pessac, France beginning in 2001 and thus bear the mint master mark of Gérard Buquoy, Serge Levet and Hubert Larivière, directors of the mint from 2001–2002, 2003 and 2004–present, respectively.

Netherlands

The mint masters of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (Royal Dutch Mint) in Utrecht use mint master's marks on all Dutch euro coins minted at this location.

Slovenia

Slovenian euro coins dated 2008–present were produced at Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and bear the mint master mark of Maarten Brouwer, director of the Royal Dutch Mint from 2003 onwards.

Designer, sculptor and engraver initials on euro coins

Each country had the opportunity to design their own national side of the euro coin. Most coins bear the initials or the name of the designer somewhere in the national design. For example, all eight motives of the common reverse sides of the euro coins bear the stylized initials "LL" for Luc Luycx.

Designer, sculptor and engraver initials on standard euro coins

Designer, sculptor and engraver initials on €2 commemorative coins

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_euro_coins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identifying_marks_on_euro_coins

http://www.fleur-de-coin.com/eurocoins/finland-euro-coins

http://www.attilacoins.com/Error_Euro_Catalogue.asp

http://www.collect2euros.fr/UK/UKedge.html

http://www.fleur-de-coin.com/eurocoins/greece-euro-coins

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