The introduction of the new Euro-coins on January 1st 2002 with a map on each nominal will certainly stimulate the interest in collecting maps on coins.
On January 1st, 1999, a new common currency was introduced in the 11 countries of the European Currency Union, the Euro currency. Until January 1st, 2002, it is used in banking transactions side by side with the national currencies at fixed rates. Only then, in 2002, banknotes and coins of the new currency will be introduced.
All seven banknotes will have a map of Europe on their reverses, showing the members of the Currency Union within their continental context. Also the much smaller eight coins will portray the countries of the Currency Union in map form. Three different Map Coin Designs will be used. The 1, 2 and 5 Euro-Cent coins have a perspective map of the Northern hemisphere with the countries of the European Currency Union near its center. The 10, 20 and 50 Euro-Cent coins show only the currency member countries as raised areas separated from each other by deep scissors. The 1 and 2 Euro coins present the union members as a continuous raised area, but without indicating European and African neighbours.
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