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Offline Bookworm

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2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« on: May 27, 2008, 07:09:29 PM »
The following commemorative coins will be issued by the portuguese mint in 2008:

- Euro 2,00. 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

- Euro 1,50. A Coin Against Indiference - AMI. (*)
AMI (Assistência Médica Internacional - International Medical Assistance) is a portuguese NGO.

- Euro 2,50. Historical Centre of Oporto.

- Euro 2,50. Vine Producing Upper Douro.

- Euro 2,50. European Cultural Heritage - Fado. (*)
Fado is a traditional portuguese musical genre.

- Euro 2,50. Beijing Olympics. (*)

Coins marked with (*) have already been released.

Apparently, the mint's policy regarding non-bimetallic commemorative coins have changed in regard to both face values (which used to be 5, 8 or 10 Euro) and metal composition (previous coins were silver, the ones released so far are cupro-nickel).

The above are coins intended for circulation. There is also a quarter euro gold coin, not intended for circulation. The design changes every year. This coin is selled at face value, but the associated package costs almost 50 euro.  ;)

Aldo

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008, 11:42:39 PM »
I am confused, Bookworm. That €2.00 coin looks straightforward enough and should circulate. However, the €1.50 and €2.50 coins seem to fit in the "local issues" series that cannot circulate outside the country of issue. Are they sold only packaged, or can you actually get them at face?

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Offline Miguel.mateo

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 02:51:28 AM »
Where can I get more information (details, description, pictures ... etc.) of all the commemorative coins released by Portugal?  Is there any way to get new releases like this one?

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Miguel

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 10:18:18 AM »
However, the €1.50 and €2.50 coins seem to fit in the "local issues" series that cannot circulate outside the country of issue. Are they sold only packaged, or can you actually get them at face?
The €1.50 and €2.50 coins are issued at face value and thus (theoretically) will circulate. But within Portugal only!
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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008, 10:54:39 AM »
Good question. The site of the Bank of Portugal has no information on new issues. We have some pretty active and well-informed members (including a3v1) who may have the information you are looking for. Why not look at the trading boards to see if you can complete your collection?

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008, 12:21:09 PM »
The €1.50 and €2.50 coins are issued at face value and thus (theoretically) will circulate. But within Portugal only!

They will circulate all right, at least for a while. A larger number of coins was delivered by the Bank of Portugal to a large distribution outlet, to be given as change to clients, to increase public awareness of the coins. But most people hoard commemorative coins rather than spending them, because they look different from "normal" coins. So you're right, they will theoretically circulate. In practice, you seldom see any commemorative coins in circulation.

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008, 12:40:40 PM »
The site of the Bank of Portugal has no information on new issues.

And neither does the mint site. And those would be the more likely places to find information.
The commemorative coin issuing process goes like this: each year the mint suggests a numismatic program to the Bank of Portugal. After discussion and eventual approval, the proposal is sent to the Ministry of Finance, which sends it to parliament, which approves it, each coin at a time ( ::)). After that, the mint makes the coins and delivers them to the Bank of Portugal, which (finally  :P) distributes it to the public.

I don't know any place on the web where you can find information on new issues. Information being were you find it, I use an old fashioned, time proven techique known as "old boys network"...  8)

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2008, 02:56:59 AM »
Bookworm,

Where did you get the information from then?  Sorry for the personal question ...

How about issues of collectors and commemorative coins of previous years?

Thanks,
Miguel

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2008, 12:46:35 PM »
Where did you get the information from then?  Sorry for the personal question ...

No problem, you're not asking me to tell any state secrets...  ;D
Banks receive information in advance about which coins are supposed to be issued each year. I have friends who work at banks, and they relay that information to me. That gives me the face value of the coins and their subjects. Other information, such as metal used, designers, engravers, release dates, etc, I pick up here and there, from the press (general or numismatic), from friends, etc.

How about issues of collectors and commemorative coins of previous years?

You can find a lot of information about all commemorative coins issued from 2003 until 2007 in http://www.incm.pt/pt/dmm/21.pdf
The document is in portuguese though, so here's the list of commemorative coins issued during that period:

2 Euro

2007

- 50th Anniversary of Treaty of Rome
- Portuguese Presidency of the European Union

5 Euro

2003

- 150 Years of First Postal Stamp in Portugal

2004

- Convent of Christ
- Historic Centre of Evora

2005

- 8th Centennial of Birth of Pedro Hispano - Pope John XXI
- Monastery of Batalha
- Historic Centre of Angra do Heroismo

2006

- Monastery of Alcobaça
- Cultural Landscape of Sintra

2007

- Centennial of World Scout Movement
- European Year of Equal Oportunities for All
- Laurissilva Forest of Madeira

8 Euro

2003

- Soccer is Passion
- Soccer is a Party
- Soccer is Fairplay

2004

- Defense
- Attack
- Goal
- European Union Enlargement

2005

- End of World War Two

2006

- Prince Henry The Navigator
- 150 Years of First Portuguese Raiway

2007

- Passarola of Bartolomeu de Gusmão (The first hot air balloon in Portugal, 1709)

10 Euro

2003

- Nautical Science

2004

- Athens Olympics

2005

- Oporto's Cathedral

2006

- 20th Anniversary of Portugal Joining the European Union
- World Soccer Championship - Germany

2007

- Olympic Sailing World Championship - Cascais 2007
- Marathon

As for collector issues, the mint issues BU and Proof sets of "normal" coins each year, and also BU and Proof issues of most commemorative coins.

By the way, Miguel, welcome to the forum.

Aldo

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Re: 2008 portuguese commemorative coins
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2008, 12:18:49 AM »
The Portuguese Mint's website does have some information about recent issues, both the commemorative coins (circulating commems) and the regional collector coins. But the way they list them is not exactly straightforward. If you use the search function however ...

http://www.incm.pt/servlets/search?k=&n=0000-00-00&f=0&t=2

Click the button to see the previous issues. :)

Christian