2018 €2 Commemorative Coins

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As has already been mentioned in this forum that Estonia is reluctant coin issuer. Especially when compared to its neighbors Latvia and Lithuania. We turned to the Bank of Estonia have they planned to change their attitude and issue some € 2 commemorative coin.

The answer were that in the basement of the bank are enough two euros and no need to mint. They policy are as possible little number coins for circulation. And they consider maybe Estonia not issue 30 Year Euro Flag coin?

But piece of news that they planned first commemorative for state jubilee at 2018. When become 100 years since the formation of Estonian Republic. This is banks answer, not official information.

Yes, indeed, I have beshrewed this situation many times about Estonian CC's. Even when we had kroons there were rarely any commemoratives. It is much different in Latvia and Lithuania as I've understood. Some time ago I saw a job advertisement by Eesti Pank and dealing with commemoratives was one of the tasks. I also asked Eesti Pank about commemoratives few years ago, suggesting that why not to give a CC for 10 years in EU (as Slovakia did). Anyway, I am glad that there is at least one Estonian CC now and also two others, even though common. I am sure there will be a CC in 2018 and I guess it might contain the Freedom Cross (or part of it) that's erected in Freedom Square in Tallinn because that is something symbolic. We'll see.

An online vote to select the design of a common 2 euro commemorative coin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Latvian and Estonian states and the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Lithuanian statehood has been launched today. The public has an opportunity to assess six different design offers (per two from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) which can be viewed, selected and voted for on the website www.balticcoin.eu .

The winner was the second one:

More information here: https://www.balticcoin.eu/en/news/the-common-baltic-two-euro-coin-w...

There's another Estonian coin for 2018, and for the same topics actually:

http://www.eestipank.ee/en/press/two-euro-coin-centenary-estonia-wi...

I wonder if other Baltic states also make their own version in addition to the common one, haven't searched for it.

2018 commemorative coins so far as far as I know. Glad those bees are being recognised...

Andorra
?
Austria
100 years since the foundation of the State of German Austria
Belgium
?
Cyprus
?
Estonia
100 years since independence (joint coin)
Estonia
100 years since independence (own coin)
Finland
?
France
Simone Veil
France
150 years since the birth and 100 years since the death of Edmond Rostand
Germany
100 years since the birth of Helmut Schmidt
Germany
Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Greece
75 years since the death of Kostis Palamas
Greece
70th anniversary of the union of the Dodecanese with Greece
Ireland
?
Italy
70 years since the Constitution of Italy
Latvia
100 years since independence (joint coin)
Latvia
Semigallia
Lithuania
100 years since independence (joint coin)
Lithuania
Lithuania's Centenary Song Celebration
Luxembourg
?
Malta
Mnajdra
Malta
Nature/Environment
Monaco
?
Netherlands
?
Portugal
250 years since the foundation of the Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda
Portugal
250 years since the foundation of Ajuda Botanical Garden
San Marino
500 years since the birth of Tintoretto
San Marino
420 years since the birth of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Slovakia
25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic
Slovenia
World Bees Day
Spain
Old town of Santiago de Compostela
Spain
50 years since the birth of Felipe VI of Spain
Vatican City
?

:) World Bees Day was declared this year by UN on Slovene initiative, chosen as the birthday of an important 18th century imperial beekeeper from Slovenia :)

News - Media Releases 2018

05/01/2018

Central Bank of Malta - Coin Programme 2018

The Central Bank of Malta is launching its Numismatic Coin Programme for 2018 which includes the following products:

  • A gold and silver numismatic coin issue under the Europa Star Programme, which in 2018 will carry the theme 'Baroque'. The Maltese coins will feature the 'Baptism of Christ', a marble sculpture created by Giuseppe Mazzuoli (1641-1725). This massive work of art is found in St John's Co-Cathedral and it is one of the foremost expressions of Baroque in Malta. These coins are expected to be issued in March 2018.
  • A silver numismatic coin commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Central Bank of Malta. The coin is expected to be issued in April 2018.
  • A gold numismatic coin commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Central Bank of Malta. This will be a special edition coin which will be limited to only 50 pieces. The coin is expected to be issued in April 2018.
  • A silver numismatic coin commemorating Valletta's assumption of title of European Capital of Culture 2018. This coin is expected to be issued in May 2018.
  • A euro coin set dated 2018 consisting of the eight Maltese euro circulation coins together with a €2 commemorative coin, which is the third in a series of seven coins featuring Maltese prehistoric structures that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This set is expected to be issued in June 2018.
  • A €2 commemorative coin featuring the Mnajdra temples. This will be the third in a series of seven coins featuring Maltese prehistoric structures that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The coin will be issued in rolls of 25 coins each as well as individually in coin cards. This coin is expected to be issued in July 2018.
  • A specially designed blister-pack commemorating Valletta's title of European Capital of Culture 2018. This set, which complements those issued in 2016 and 2017, contains the eight Maltese euro circulation coins. This special edition set will be limited to just 2,000 and is expected to be issued in October 2018.
  • A €2 commemorative coin featuring the winning design of a competition that will be open to secondary school students, the theme for 2018 being 'Cultural Heritage'. The coin will be issued in rolls of 25 coins each as well as individually in coin cards. This coin is expected to be issued in November 2018.

For more information, the public is kindly requested to either contact the Bank's Malta Coin Centre by email or by calling (+356) 2550 6006/7 or view details of the coin programme on the Bank's website.

https://www.centralbankmalta.org/en/news/69/2018/5577

My biannual package from the Sammarinese numismatic office has arrived.

Belgium will release it's first commemorative of 2018 beginning of June. Theme will be the revolt of May 1968. There will only be proof coins and coincards. Since 2018, the Belgians coins are minted in Utrecht by the Dutch Royal Mint (KNM). This is also noticable in the price of the new coins: coincard €10!!! and proof coin €29.95. There will be no coins for circulation. 


https://www.herdenkingsmunten.be/belgie-2-euro-50-jaar-mei-1968-nl-...


I mailed the Royal Belgian Mint, this was there answer:

commercialisation of Belgian commemorative coins was awarded to the KNM. Therefor, we cannot intervene in the pricing of the coins. 

I also asked why they don't bring there cc coins in circulation:

Recently Belgian policy is focussing on the European guidelines on the use of existing coin stocks. In the past there was an exessive production of €2 coins. From this point of view we cannot allow additional coins for circulation. Therefor the commemorative coin will only be sold in special packing. The Child Focus coin (2016) was an exception allowed on demand of the Minister of Finance. 

I think there used to a guideline that some percentage ( perhaps 60 percent coins) must be released in to circulation. That forced Vatican, Luxembourg to issue coins at face value.

is than no longer applicable?

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