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Offline Pabitra

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Changes in lower denominations
« on: August 03, 2018, 06:50:23 PM »
Recently, the Euro coin Sub-committee of the European Commission  announced that a new series of 1, 2 and 5 Euro Cent coins will be released by the end of this year.

There will be slight changes of the outer copper layer of those coins. Since 5 Euro Cent coins are used in vending, a smaller copper layer was agreed in order to prevent an adaptation of field-based equipment.

EVA ( European Vending Machines Association) has indicated that some of the more sensitive machines may need recalibration and has recommended adapting the coin sensors in cases where customers complain about acceptance problems in the field base and to adapt new equipment.


More details are awaited.

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Re: Changes in lower denominations
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2018, 07:59:49 PM »
I am a bit confused. Haven't changes in the minting process of the 1c, 2c & 5c already been enacted? Starting with Italian 2c from 2017 and some Germans 2016/2017?

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Re: Changes in lower denominations
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2018, 04:23:11 AM »
What changes have already been done?
What more do you think will come?

Perhaps, all other countries will progressively incorporate the changes, as an when they mint these denominations for circulation. What about sets?

Will the change be visibly noticeable, so as to be assigned new KM#?

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Re: Changes in lower denominations
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Re: Changes in lower denominations
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2018, 07:24:29 PM »
On 13-Dec-2017, the Bundesfinanzministerium, the German Finance Ministry, issued a press release regarding the low denom coins:

https://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Standardartikel/Service/Sammlermuenzen/2017-12-13-Produktionskosten-Cent-Muenzen.html

Alas, it's in German. I haven't been able to find an English version. However, the computers from the guys in Mountain View make a pretty good translation. Here's the important part:

The production of the coin blanks is improved and the manufacturing tolerances are extended, which leads to copper savings. In addition, the coin reliefs are slightly rounded without changing the appearance of the coins. This extends the useful life of the equipment used to make the coins and thus reduces the cost of embossing.

The first coins produced under these new standards will be circulated from 1 December 2017.


In my opinion, the visible changes of the coins are hardly noticeable. You need to look really carefully. But it might warrent a new KM#.

The production changes are mandatory for all countries/mints that mint the 1c/2c/5c coins.

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Re: Changes in lower denominations
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2018, 02:05:30 PM »
This is from a European Vending Association statement published by CoinsWeekly on 2 August:

"Recently, the Euro coin Sub-committee of the European Commission and in which the EVA Coin group is an active contributor, announced that a new series of 1, 2 and 5 Euro Cent coins will be released by the end of this year. There will be slight changes of the outer copper layer of those coins. Since 5 Euro Cent coins are used in vending, a smaller copper layer was agreed in order to prevent an adaptation of field-based equipment. However, we recommend adapting the coin sensors in cases where customers complain about acceptance problems in the fieldbase and to adapt new equipment. The introduction of the modified 1, 2 and 5 Cent coins will be very slow as some Euro countries have no orders for these new coins and other countries such as Germany have fixed contracts for the next years to produce according to old specification."

Christian