Eurostar Programme 2011 - European Explorers

This year the Europa coin programme will be dedicated to European Explorers. Every year, several countries in Europe (in the eurozone or not) participate in this programme and issue collectors' coins related to the themes established by the Eurostar programme.


“European Explorers” was chosen as the theme for 2011. The subject of each coin must have been himself a European or to have conducted his exploration on behalf of a European nation. The area of exploration or the nature of his discoveries were left for each mint or issuing authority to determine.

So far seven countries have committed to the European Silver Programme for 2011 and we are expecting a lively interest to be shown in Europe itself as well as overseas.


Country Person Face Value Issue Date
Austria Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin €20 23 February 2011
Ireland St. Brendan, the Navigator €10 15 February 2011
Portugal Hermenegildo Capelo, Roberto Ivens €2.50 20 April 2011
Finland Pehr Kalm €10 28 January 2011
Italy Amerigo Vespucci €10 (Unknown)
France Jacques Cartier €10/50/200 (Unknown)
Spain Francisco de Orellana €10 (Unknown)
Belgium Adrien de Gerlache? €(Unknown) (Unknown)

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Comment by euroHOBBY on February 13, 2011 at 15:42
Comment by euroHOBBY on February 13, 2011 at 15:06

In the past years the coins where dedicated to the following topics

  • 2004 - EU enlargement   
  • 2005 - Peace & freedom
  • 2006 - Distinguished European figures
  • 2007 - European Realisation
  • 2008 - Cultural heritage
  • 2009 - European Heritage
  • 2010 - European Architecture
  • 2011 - European Explorers


Comment by euroHOBBY on February 13, 2011 at 15:02

Wayne seems that topic is only for the 2euro commemorative coin and not for the collectors coin

anyone collecting these coins?

Comment by Wayne Lam on February 13, 2011 at 14:16
Portugal - Fernão Mendes Pinto, the Portuguese explorer of the Asian seas and countries.
Comment by euroHOBBY on February 12, 2011 at 22:59

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