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France, in contrast to Germany, is one of the countries which still releasing its 10 Euro silver commemorative coins at face value. The coins were minted from 10g genuine 500/1000 silver, and are very popular with collectors also because of their impressive designs. The 2012 edition was minted in BU quality by the "Monnaie de Paris". The edition is limited to only 10,000 copies, making this silver coin a real collector's item.
The subject of Hercules on the obverse of the coin, a modified version by Joaquin Jimenez of Dupré's Hercules, has already been used on some French coins including during the Napoleonic era, and commemorate in this case the 5, 10 and 50 francs coins that were in circulation in the 1970s and 80s. France began with the 5 Francs coin in 1960 to bring bullion coins into circulation and maintained this until the conversion from Francs to the EURO. The two women standing on the right and left of Hercules and who are being protected by him, symbolize freedom ("Liberte") and equality ("Egalite"). The stripes in the background represent the French blue white and red flag.
The motive of the demigod and son of the Greek god Zeus is very popular because it is probably the most famous character in Greek mythology and represents power and strength.
The inscriptions here are "LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE" and the year of issue "2012".
The back of the silver commemorative coin with a diameter of 29mm, depicts a so-called French Hexagon (3 hexagons) that surround an oak and a laurel branch and the inscriptions "EURO 10" (nominal) and “REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE "(issuing country).
The purchase of this 10-Euro silver coin is a risk-free investment, since the coin can never be worth less than 10 Euro because its cash value is guaranteed by the state.
Gold and Silver Euro Coins: Profitable Commemorative Bullion
The special commemorative Euro gold coins are made from 24 carat gold and weigh 15.5 grams making them an invaluable addition to any investment portfolio. Only a limited number of gold and silver bullion Euro coins are struck in any one year make them a much sought after and valuable collector’s item.
Buying Euro Gold coins
Gold Euro coins are available for purchase from the CoinInvest GmbH online store. We have a complete collection from when the coins were first introduced in 2002 to the present year. It should be noted that the value depicted on the coins only represents the face value of the coin in Euro and not its actual value. The real value of the Euro coins is calculated in accordance with the latest gold spot prices and are much more valuable in the current economic climate.
To purchase the Euro coins, simply select the coin of your choice and click on the image from the table above. This will take you through the product description page where you can read more about each of the individual coins. To purchase the coins add to your shopping cart by clicking on the green strip in the volume pricing table.
Euro Coins: Highly Prized Assets
The Euro gold bullion coin is issued by leading economic powerhouses in the Eurozone to commemorate specific occasions, places or events. The greatest selection comes from Germany who began producing commemorative gold coins in 2002 when the country stopped minting the Deutsche mark and reverted to the collective Euro coin.
Many of the coins are intimately linked with UNESCO, an organisation which is responsible for the protection of historical towns and buildings. Some of the Euro coins, such as the 2004 Bamberg gold coin and the 2012 Aachener Dom, celebrate places and historical buildings that are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The other towns that feature in the UNESCO series of Euro gold coins are Qedlinburg, Weimar, Lübeck, Goslar, Trier, Würzburg, Wartburg and Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz. A smaller denomination of 1/8oz Gold ‘Deutscher Wald Buche’ was introduced in 2011.
Other commemorative years worthy of note is the 2006 World Cup gold coin which was issued to celebrate Germany hosting the world’s most famous football competition. In 2013, a special series was launched for collectors featuring the German Forest.
The Euro gold bullion coins are issued by the Federal Ministry of Finance although are minted in refineries situated in participating countries. The other European countries that produce commemorative Euro coins along with Germany are France, The Netherlands, and Austria.
The German coins are issued with a face value of 20, 100 and 200 euros although are worth considerably more in accordance with the latest gold spot prices. Struck with 99.99% purity they are available in 1 oz. or ½ oz. weights and have a limited circulation of 100,000 and 500,000 respectively.
Euro Gold and Silver Coin description
The Euro gold and silver coins can be found in abundance as each country celebrates different events and places and each coin has a unique design. On the obverse side, all the German coins feature the spread Eagle which is the signature symbol for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Coins from the Netherlands feature the monarch Queen Beatrix, and from 2013, her son King Willem-Alexander. Commemorative coins from Austria and France feature unique designs depending on the occasion or place that is being marked. All coins feature the Euro banknote and the purity of metal. The reverse side of the coins also carry a wide variety of unique designs specific to each year and the symbol of the refinery the coin was minted.
The production of Gold and silver Euro coins
Germany has several minting refineries which are represented by a letter as follows: Berlin (A), Munich (D), Stuttgart (F), Karlsruhe (G), Hamburg (J). Each Mint has produced at least one Euro coin since they were introduced in 2002 and the letter representing the Mint in which the coins were struck can be found on the reverse side.
In 2006, a directive was signed allowing Germany to Mint commemorative coins to the year 2021. In 2013, they produced a joint issue coin with France to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Élysée in 1963. This is the first time a joint issue coin has been launched in the Eurozone.
Mints of Germany offer Quality Assurance
Germany has a proud tradition of minting which dates as far back as 1158 with the inauguration of the Bavarian Mint, the oldest company in Munich. A second Mint was established in Berlin following the untimely death of the “Munzmeister” in Munich who was attacked and killed by furious investors when Munich coins were greatly devalued in 1290 because of their low silver content.
There is little chance of protestors invading Germany’s Mints today as the coins are made to the highest standards of minting and contain at least .9995 gold content. Most gold coins have a purity of 99.99% which makes them 24 carat.
The advanced techniques used by German Mints ensure protection for investors as the coins are very difficult to counterfeit. Each coin is inspected by hand so ensure it is in “mint condition” before it is shipped to the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Selling Gold Euro coins
CoinInvest GmbH is one of the leading distributors of gold and silver bullion and are keen to hear from any sellers that are looking to cash in on their commemorative Euro coins. We offer very competitive rates based on the latest spot prices so if you are looking to sell, look no further and contact a member of our friendly team who will prepare a price and confirm the offer by email.