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Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« on: July 11, 2010, 12:18:38 AM »
And let's not forget the euro "patterns" that started to appear in the Noughties for the most unlikely countries, including Cape Verde and (I'm not joking) Antarctica! Does anyone have a definitive list of these or know the name of the company or mint that made a living out of this tasteless idea?

Another category 2], anyway.

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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 12:43:25 AM »
And let's not forget the euro "patterns" that started to appear in the Noughties for the most unlikely countries, including Cape Verde and (I'm not joking) Antarctica! Does anyone have a definitive list of these or know the name of the company or mint that made a living out of this tasteless idea?

Don't think that anybody has a complete lists of those pieces. But this guy (in Spain) has about 600 now:
http://ret001qm.eresmas.net/eu-ingle.htm (English version - beware, lots of images!)
Seems that most have been made by the British INA, the Swiss EuropMint, and the German BTN. Maybe others too ...

Christian

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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 12:50:44 AM »
The artwork on some of those is dreadful,





Thanks for sharing, err I think   :-\
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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 01:10:07 AM »
Back in the 1990s, these atrocious fantasy pieces were denominated in ecus. Here is a 1992 version from and for the UK.
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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010, 01:47:21 AM »
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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010, 11:15:02 PM »
Seems that most have been made by the British INA, the Swiss EuropMint, and the German BTN. Maybe others too ...

Christian

From Coin News, UK, 2002:

To this end we applaud the International Numismatic Agency for producing what must surely be a brave, if not brazen, attempt at pleasing “all of the people all of the time” with their patterns for a set of British euro coins announced this month. Their innovative designs, by renowned British sculptor Donald R. Golder, carry Her Majesty’s portrait on the reverse as expected, but the obverse designs depict symbols befitting a united Europe—the 1 and 2 euro feature a sailing ship (the Santa Maria) representing trade, commerce and the discovery of the new worlds, the 50, 20 and 10 eurocents carry a stylised dove and olive branch symbolising peace and the expectation that Europe will play a pivotal role in the achievement of stability in the world, whilst the scales of justice appear on the 5, 2 and 1 eurocent coins. However, the 5 euro coin is typically British with a new version of Britannia standing, with a globe and the famous Cutty Sark.

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http://www.tokenpublishing.com/issue.asp?iid=138

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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2010, 11:56:32 PM »
Quote from: E.M.U.
From Coin News, UK, 2002:

First I thought that was a satirical text, :) But I guess they meant it serious ...

Christian

(Edit: Quote/link edited, for the sake of the context, C.)
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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2010, 12:08:17 AM »
Somehow, I don't think they know too much about the euro if they think the coins can have two national sides. Or maybe they think that a good pre-condition for entry would be having Elizabeth as queen of Euroland and Gibraltar? We can't have that. Think of all the presidency coins that would have to go un-issued. ;)

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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2010, 12:42:34 AM »
Agreed. But as José Luis Ramírez writes on his pages - technically the INA medals were pretty good.

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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, 09:26:39 PM »
Gibraltar, for reasons that are not clear to me, brought out an educational 14 ECUs "coin" in 1996. They realised that anyone stupid enough to buy such a piece would not know which countries were represented by a harp and the Leaning Tower of Pisa; so they kindly spelt it out - literally. But let's be honest, anyone who is stupid enough not to know that probably can't read in the first place.

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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2011, 11:04:22 PM »
And a "euro" from the "Flemish Republic". Another cheap fantasy.  ;D


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Re: Fantasies: "euro" and "ECU" pieces
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 02:12:46 AM »
Mongolia "euro" fantasies. The country didn't adopt the euro, but their currency does still end with an "o", so maybe they copied it.