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Lynlor Aug 20th, 2002 09:33 AM

Euro coins
Husband and I just returned from Salzburg, Austria and started collecting Euro coins. The Austrian one Euro coin has Mozart on one side, but the two Euro coin has a woman on one side that has been identified as Bertha V. Suttner. Does anyone know anything about Bertha V. Suttner particulrly in relation to Austrian history?<BR><BR>No one in Austria that we asked could answer this question ( tourist office, front desk of our Hotel, shopkeepers etc.) they all thought that the 2 Euro coin depicted Elizabeth (Cissy), Franz Joseph's wife. Again, does any history "buff" know the answer about Bertha V. Suttner on the 2 Euro Austrian coin? Thanks.<BR><BR>Lynlor

Anyone Aug 20th, 2002 09:42 AM


Louis Aug 20th, 2002 09:43 AM

Austrian pacifist, winner of the 1905 Nobel Peace prize.

Lynlor Aug 20th, 2002 09:59 AM

Thanks Louis! You know more than many Austrians do.

Tracy Aug 20th, 2002 10:09 AM

Forget Bertha, the stylized Queen Beatrix on the Netherlands' euros wins my vote for best design . . .

lynlor Aug 20th, 2002 04:17 PM

Tracy: I haven't seen any Euros from the Netherlands. I have Euros from six countries: Austria, Belgium, FRance, Germany, Italy and Spain. I have to go back to Europe to collect the rest of them. Does anyone have all of them?

clairobscur Aug 20th, 2002 07:16 PM

Though living in Europe, I still didn't see any euro coin from Greece and Finland, and only recently an Austrian coin.

mmmm Aug 20th, 2002 07:41 PM

a friend in Ireland said that on one coin showing a map - only Norway and Sweden are depicted. I do not know if Finland is part of the euro crowd but my friend was more interested in pointed out the male anatomy image on the coin with just Norway and Sweden.<BR><BR>I have to get my hands on some Euros!!!

Michael Aug 20th, 2002 07:48 PM

I thought that only Finland of the Scandinavian countries participated in the euro. The Norwegian and Swedish euro must be non-existent.

clairobscur Aug 20th, 2002 08:34 PM

All EU countries are depicted on the Euros, regardless whether or not they participate in the Euro (The UK is depicted too for instance).<BR><BR><BR>It's Norway which is missing, and the "male anatomy" is Sweden+Finland.

Myriam Aug 20th, 2002 11:55 PM

I am trying to collect foreign coins since the very first day (Jan. 1) and after 8 months my collection is far from complete! I know I could buy coins but the fun just is to accidently find one in the change at the supermarket. <BR>I personally thought that the various coins would have spread over Europe much faster.<BR>To speed up things I now exchange Belgian coins for foreign if someone might be interested.

jenviolin Aug 21st, 2002 12:31 AM

I, too, am collecting Euro coins and have about 4/5 of them. Anybody want to exchange Finnish or Portugese for Dutch? I just completed my Luxemburg collection last week driving home to Holland from France, and you could tell that the Luxembourgoise merchants are sick and tired of being asked for coins!! <BR>Does anybody have any of the rare Vatican Euros? I've heard you can only buy them (for much more than their face value). I'm not going to collect them, but I'd love to know how you got them!

elina Aug 21st, 2002 01:50 AM

Clairobscur said it: the "male anatomy" is Sweden+Finland (somebody "clever" said that Sweden is a d***k and Finland has balls). Norway is missing because it is not in EU, and Sweden is there because it is in EU, although it does not use euro (yet). I think it is stupid to leave a country away from a map, whatever the reason.<BR><BR>That map is behind all cent coins. On 1 and 2 euro coins every country has it´s own pictures.

elina Aug 21st, 2002 01:52 AM

One * too much.

Sjoerd Aug 21st, 2002 03:39 AM

Myriam, strange that you don't have many "foreign" euro coins in Belgium. I just checked my coins, and after a night out here in Amsterdam last night I have a Greek 2 &euro;, an Italian, a Spanish and a German 1 &euro; and Belgian, German and French smaller coins. Perhaps it makes a difference when you live in a major tourist city! By the way, half of Europe seems to be collecting the coins, so the strange ones quickly disappear from circulation.

Myriam Aug 21st, 2002 04:05 AM

Sjoerd, I think you're quite correct re the major tourist city. I live in a small village and all I get is Dutch and Belgian coins. <BR>

clairobscur Aug 21st, 2002 05:46 AM

Concerning collecting coins and the Vatican :<BR><BR>I assume there are Monaco coins too, since there was Monaco francs, with the head of the Prince on them. I suppose they're minting their own euros too.

Jimbo Aug 21st, 2002 05:49 AM

Surely.<BR><BR>Check this..<BR><BR>

Josie Aug 21st, 2002 07:14 AM

I was told that the government in Monaco bought up all their euro coins. Is this true? Has anyone seen any of them?

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