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Luxembourgish euro coins

Luxembourgish euro coins feature three different designs, though they all contain the portrait or effigy of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. The designs, by Yvette Gastauer-Claire, also contain the 12 stars of the EU flag, the year of imprint and the name of the country in the Luxembourgish language: Lëtzebuerg. Luxembourg does not mint its own coins. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (Royal Dutch Mint), in Utrecht, the Netherlands, produced Luxembourgish coins dated 2002–2004 and again from 2009 onward. Rahapaja Oy (Mint of Finland), in Helsinki, Finland, produced the coins dated 2005–2006. Monnaie de Paris (Mint of Paris), in Pessac, France, produced coins dated 2007-2008.

The Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg appears on the coins facing to the left.[1] He was not featured on the Luxembourgish franc as he only became Grand Duke in 2000 following the abdication of his father, Jean. Jean's portrait on the francs showed him facing to the right and it is common in a number of countries for successive monarchs to alternate the direction they faced on coins. Other euro coins issued by member states which are monarchies show their monarchs facing to the left, in common with the effigy on their legacy currencies.

Luxembourgish euro design

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.

Depiction of Luxembourg euro coinage | Obverse side
€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
Effigy of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
€ 0.10 € 0.20 € 0.50
Effigy of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
€ 1.00 € 2.00 € 2 Coin Edge
for a total of 12 stars
Effigy of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Circulating Mintage quantities

Face Value [2] €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00
2002 34,512,500 35,912,500 28,912,500 25,112,500 25,712,500 21,912,500 21,313,525 18,512,500
2003 1,500,000 1,500,000 4,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 2,500,000 1,500,000 3,500,000
2004 21,001,000 20,001,000 16,001,000 12,001,000 14,001,000 10,001,000 9,001,000 7,553,200
2005 7,000,000 13,000,000 6,000,000 2,000,000 6,000,000 3,000,000 2,000,000 3,500,000
2006 4,000,000 4,000,000 5,000,000 4,000,000 7,000,000 3,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
2007 6,000,000 8,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 8,000,000 4,000,000 480,000 4,000,000
2008 10,000,000 12,000,000 9,000,000 5,000,000 6,000,000 4,000,000 480,000 6,000,000
2009 4,000,000 3,000,000 6,000,000 4,000,000 5,000,000 2,000,000 240,000 240,000
2010 6,000,000 8,000,000 6,000,000 4,000,000 8,000,000 5,000,000 1,000,000 3,500,000
2011 7,600,000 6,200,000 6,700,000 4,800,000 5,300,000 3,500,000 1,520,000 2,320,000
2012 9,200,000 7,200,000 5,200,000 2,200,000 5,200,000 2,600,000 2,240,000 3,760,000

* No coins were minted that year for that denomination
** Data not available yet
*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Future changes to national sides

The Commission of the European Communities issued a recommendation on 19 December 2008, a common guideline for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation. One section of this recommendation stipulates that:

Article 4. Design of the national sides:
"The national side of the euro coins intended for circulation should bear the 12 European stars that should fully surround the national design, including the year mark and the indication of the issuing Member State's name. The European stars should be depicted as on the European flag."

Since Luxembourgish low denominations euro coins place the indication of the member's name instead of the 12 stars of the union, a new design on the Luxembourgish euro coins is expected in the near future to comply with these new guidelines, although nothing officially has been announced yet.[3]

€2 commemorative coins


  1. ^ In heraldry, directions are often described as they would appear to the bearer of a coat of arms, rather than as they would appear to the viewer. Therefore, coin descriptions will use "facing to the left" when it would appear to the layperson that the person depicted is facing to the right.
  2. ^ "Circulating Mintage quantities". Henning Agt. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Recommendation of 19 December 2008 on common guidelines for the national side of euro coins". The Euro Information Website. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 

External links

  • The Euro Information Website – Luxembourg
  • euroHOBBY Luxembourg
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