In this article we will see which are the Rarest Euro Coins and we will talk about their value. If in addition to the Piece Rare Euro Coins you are interested in knowing more about the value of the rare lira coins, then visit this other article: Value and Rarity of the Lira Rare Coins.
Short introduction to Euro Coin
In the year 2001, the Italian Republic has definitively abandoned the old currency, the lira coin, to move into the new coin, the euro. Collectors who had managed to accumulate a good amount of rare coins (especially rare lira coins) have therefore seen the value of their coins increase due to the end of their production.
Even the new currency, however, did not leave the collectors and numismatics lovers disappointed. There are many Piece Rare Euro Coins, especially rare 2 euro coins and rare euro cents, like the rare 2 cents.
Why so many Piece Rare Euro Coins?
The question arises: if the euro has been around for so short time, why are there rare and expensive euro coins, yet?
The fact is that the value of some Piece Rare Euro Coins, (and not only euro), is determined by a series of factors that are independent of each other. For example, some rare euro coins with a value, even if produced recently and with large circulation, are difficult to find.
This difficulty of finding some coins affects the quotation of the rare currency, either euro or some other currency, and increases its value. One example would be the rare euro 50 cents coin of 2007. Another example are some rare 2 euro coins, in particular the Finnish 2 euro commemorative coined in 2004.
Some euro coins are rare just because they have been minted in miniscule quantities and only for collectors of numismatics who guard them jealously.
Maybe some of these rare euro coins ran away from the hand and the collectors’ watchful eye and ended up in public circulation. In case we can find them we will certainly be surprised by the great value that even the euro coins can hide.
Let’s see what the rare euro coins are.
Rare Euro Cents Coins
Euro cents coins are coins with denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro cents. They may look like coins of little value, and indeed most are, but they are also coins that can be very interesting from a numismatic point of view.
Collectors are always on the lookout for peculiarities or minting errors, which in some cases cause the value of these insignificant coins to soar.
This is the case, for example, of the famous cents with the Mole Antonelliana, a valuable minting error which we will now discuss.
Italian Rare Cents with a Value of 2,500 Euros
Even the Euro and in particular the Italian coins give us satisfaction in the field of rare Euro coins thanks to some interesting minting errors.
Let’s talk, for example, about the much-discussed and much-sought-after euro cent (1 euro cent coin). One of these coins has a great little peculiarity:
Basically, it’s a penny with a big minting error that increases its value incredibly!
This is why it is the rarest 1 Euro cent coin!
If you were lucky enough to own one, you would have no problem recognising it because the reverse of the coin depicts the Mole Antonelliana.
And you might be wondering what’s so strange about this coin with the Mole, well… it’s a minting error!
The minting error of Italian Euro cents.
In fact, the Mole Antonelliana is the symbol engraved on the 2 cent coins and not on the 1 cent coins. This is therefore an error that the Rome Mint’s staff realised a little late.
The correct print should have been the engraving of Castel del Monte. This is the cause and origin of the astronomical value of almost €2,500 at which these coins are sold and quoted today.
I forgot to mention that the number of rare cents issued by mistake is about 7000! And despite the attempt to bring back all the coins, it is estimated that at least 100 are still in some hidden drawer.
This means that there are as many as 100 cheques in circulation each one valued over 2000€ ready to be cashed free of charge.
- Curiosità: un collezionista è arrivato a pagare ben 6.600 euro per comprare una di queste monete di euro rare. E’ riuscito ad aggiudicarsela all’asta di Bolaffi nel Maggio 2013
Considering that Bolaffi owns at least 5 other 1-cent coins with the error, we should expect more interesting auctions in the coming years.
2 EURO COMMEMORATIVE COINS
Let us now talk about some of the most beautiful, interesting and exciting coins there are. We are talking about the famous 2 Euro commemorative coins, which as we have said many times, are not usually rare coins. In fact, they are produced in large quantities and well distributed throughout Europe, and they are easily available at quite affordable prices.
However, some 2-euro commemorative coins, although not rare, are considered difficult to find. There are many of these sought-after coins, for example those listed below:
- 2 euro commemorative of Luxembourg 2010
- the 2 euro commemorative of Belgium 2005
- 2 euro commemorative Netherlands 2011
- the 2 euro commemorative coin of Germany 2006
Those listed above are all coins with a value of around €10. However, there are some coins that are even more valuable and are the ones we would all like to be lucky enough to find as change in our wallets. Here are some examples, but please note that you can find all these coins and their values on the 2 euro commemorative coin page.
As Italy is one of the European countries with the highest number of 2 Euro commemorative coins, it is good to know what these coins are and their value. You can find all our Commemorative coins on the 2 Euro Italy page.
2 Finnish Commemorative Euros 2004
Some rare euros become rare not because they are limited in number, but rather because they are subject to the market law of supply and demand.
For example, collectors have a great demand for the coin minted in Finland in 2004. The rare Finnish 2-euro was minted in 1 million copies and distributed only on Finnish territory mixed with other coins.
Hence the difficulty of finding them and the great demand from collectors who are willing to pay between 35 and 50 euros for each rare 2-euro coin.
OTHER RARE EURO COINS
Let us now enter the vast and very numerous variety of all the Euro coins of the various countries. Although the denominations remain the same as well as the common face of the coins, each country has issued and minted coins with the most diverse designs and illustrations.
Rare Euro coins from Slovenia
Among the Slovenian euro coins there are many that are classified as rare (R) and therefore very interesting for enthusiasts and collectors. You can find the complete article with all values of each year on this page: Euro Coins Slovenia.
Let us start with the Slovenian 1 euro cent coins and note that coins from the years 2010 to 2014 as well as 2017 and 2019 are considered rare and have quotations of 200 times their face value.
The most sought-after Slovenian 2-cent coins are those from 2015 and 2017, which are priced over EUR 2. The rarest and most expensive 5-cent coins from Slovenia belong to the year of minting 2018.
Among the 10 cents, apart from the common ones of 2007, we find several uncommon or rare mintings, with values up to 2,59€. Even the most quoted 20 cents reach a similar estimate.
Also of interest are the rare Slovenian 50-cent coins from 2010 to 2018 and especially the uncommon 2009 coin, which is priced at over €4.
Rare Euro coins: 1 and 2 Euro Slovenia
Among the 1-euro coins of Slovenia, the Slovenian 2011 and 2012 euros, which are priced between €5 and €7, are certainly interesting.
An example of a much-discussed coin with little value is the 2-euro Slovenia. We are talking about the 2-euro coin minted in 2007 in Slovenia.
They are the 2-euro coin with the highest mintage minted in Slovenia and their value is only a few cents higher than their face value. This is not the case for the same coin minted in different years since 2007. The latter are in fact all rare or uncommon and have high quotations, up to even over 12 euro.
Malta Rare Euro Coins
The coins of Malta give us many ideas to enrich our collection of interesting and sought-after European coins. We have discussed this in detail on the page dedicated to Malta Euro Coins, which we recommend you consult as it contains all the coin values.
Starting with the cents, some interesting pieces can already be seen.
For example, among the various rare coins, the 1 cent coin of Malta from 2015 has a quotation of 14 times its face value. We are not talking about big figures because they are 1 cent coins, but nevertheless it is interesting to note their rarity.
Malta’s 2 cents also have various issues that are currently rare. For example, the 2012 coin depicting the temple of Imnajdra has a value of almost 1 euro.
The Maltese 5 cents, which have the same design as the 1 and 2 cent coins, also have a number of rare mintages. Among them, the 2012 Maltese 5 cents.
The design of the 10 cent mortar coin changes and with the specimen minted in 2013 we finally exceed the 2 euro mark. Not bad for a small 10 cent coin.
The 20 cent Malta coins are practically all rare, apart from the 2008 mintage. The value, however, is slightly higher than €2, as in the case of the 2013 coin.
The 50 cents of Malta are almost all rare euro coins but do not have particularly high values. Not bad for those who are looking for all the coins of European countries and need to complete their collection.
Rare Euro coins: 1 Euro coin and 2 Euro coin Malta
The 1 euro coins of Malta, apart from the 2016 and 2008 coins, are all rare euro coins. Quotations are interesting and for perfect coins they reach almost 7 times the face value.
Finally, we come to the 2 euro malta, and looking at the various print runs, one immediately notices the minting of the years 2012, 2011, 2014, which have prices ranging from 8 to over 12 euros.
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Rare Euro Coins Greece
Greek Euro coins are very recognisable perhaps because, as with the Greek 1 euro and 2 euro coins, they refer to and depict images relating to the mythology of Greece. Let’s see briefly which pieces are of interest, but we strongly recommend that you check the Greece Euro Coins page where you will find all the quotations for each year.
Greece’s 1 cent coins are, alas, not rare euro coins. In fact, all issues are common and very high in number. However, only the Brilliant Uncirculated issues are very well priced and have values around 1 euro.
The same story applies to the Greek 2 cents. They are common coins but are worth about 1 euro if in mint condition. To be noted the 2 euro cents Greece of 2003 that are worth 2 euro if in mint condition.
Greek 5 cents are starting to be interesting. Some uncommon coinage is valued at 7 euro. Others are even rare (R2) and therefore highly sought after.
Speaking of the 10 euro cents, it should be known that they were created in two different series. The first series is the one that has more relevance as far as quotations are concerned, some of them reaching 8 euro. The second series sees some rare mints (R2) with only a few thousand examples and therefore very sought after.
Among the Greek 20 euro cent coins, the uncommon mints of the first series are interesting, reaching a value of 8 euro per example in mint condition. There are also many rare coins in the second series.
Also interesting are the 50 cents of Greece, which, like the 20 cents, have valuations of around €6.50 in the first series in mint condition and boast many rare euro coins in the second series.
Rare Euro coins: Greek 1 euro coin and 2 Euro coins
This brings us to the famous 1 euro coin from Greece, which depicts the characteristic owl that is actually the Owl of Minerva. The coinage from 2012 to 2018 is rare (R2), while the earlier ones are priced at a maximum of 5 euros in Brilliant Uncirculated.
Finally we look at the 2 Euro Rare coins from Greece. Among them there are 2 very interesting pieces and the value of these coins is 30€ for one and 50€ for the other. To know the year check the page Euro Coins Greece where you can find all the quotations divided by year.
Rare Euro coins from Germany
Let’s talk now about other euro coins, the German ones, that we probably handle every day or that we now have in our purses. We will briefly see their rarity in these next lines, but if you want to check the quotation of every single coin of every year, I suggest you read this page: Germany Euro coins.
Let’s start with the 1 euro cent coins from Germany. Bad news for those who expected to have rare coins in their hands, because they are all common coins with large print runs. That is why we often find them in our hands.
The same applies to the German 2-cent coins; they are all common.
Among the 5 cent coins of Germany there are some uncommon coins (NC) and these are the ones of the years 2003.
Also among the 10 cents we find some uncommon years (NC) with quite limited runs in Brilliant Uncirculated. We even find the first German rare coins (R) which are the 10 cents of 2008 until 2016.
The German 20 cents are all common coins.
Among the 50 euro cents of Germany we find both Uncommon and Rare coins. From the year 2008 until 2018 they are classified as Rare.
Rare Euro coins: 1 and 2 Euro Germany
The 1 euro coins from Germany are very varied in terms of rarity. There are many rare coins from 2008 onwards until 2018. They have value only if perfectly preserved.
And finally, the 2 euro Germany coins are all common, except for the 2006 coins which are Uncommon (NC).
Rare Euro Coins of Cyprus
The coins of Cyprus, we are always talking about euros of course, are more interesting than the German ones described above. Let’s see together in general what are the euro coins of Cyprus rare and as always for a more detailed consultation refer to the specific page of the nation, you can find it here: Cyprus Euro Coins.
Let us start with the 1 cent coins of Cyprus, which are very characteristic for the design of the two mouflons, which is also the same on the 2 and 5 cent coins. Many of these coins are rare and strangely, even the older common coins are valued highly. In particular, they are worth 200 times their face value.
Even the two euro cents of Cyprus, if in perfect condition and if of the year of minting 2008 – 2009 – 2010 are worth 100 times their face value.
Of the 5 cent coins we know that from 2013 to 2018 they are considered rare (R) and that the 2008 coins are worth 1 euro if kept in perfect condition.
In the 10 cents, the design changes but the rarities remain more or less the same. From 2013 onwards they are considered rare coins.
The same applies to Cyprus’ 20 euro cents, which are considered rare from 2013 onwards.
Cyprus 50 cent specimens in Brilliant Uncirculated are starting to be interesting. Some are worth as much as 3 euro to collectors.
Rare Euro coins: 1 and 2 Euro Cyprus
The most expensive 1-euro Cyprus coin is the 2008 cross design, but later coins are also uncommon or rare.
Finally, the 2 euro Cypriot coins always have the cross-shaped idol as a design. The most noteworthy ones are the 2 euro Cypriot of 2008, 2009 and 2013 which, if of Fdc quality, have interesting values and are quite sought after.
How to Sell or Buy Rare Euro Coins
It might help you to know that if you own one or more rare coins, you can also decide to sell them at auction by following this guide.
If you’re interested in buying, you can always search for the coin you’re interested in and bid for it. In this case follow this page where there are all the coins on auction to see which rare coins have already been auctioned.
Would you like to see the other Eurocollection divisional coins? Read these articles:
- Two pages you can’t miss: 2 Euro Commemorative Coins and Rare Euro Coins
- The precious Vatican euro coins can be seen here as well as the San Marino euro coins
- Here you can see the Malta euro coins and here the Cyprus euro coins.
- Euro coins from Germany can be found here and Euro coins from Estonia and Latvia Euro Coins here.
- Euro coins from France can be found here, as well as Euro coins from Austria.
- Really interesting are the euro coins from Greece and the euro coins of Luxembourg.
- Here you will find Lithuania Euro coins and Andorra Euro coins
- We also talked about Slovenian Euro coins and Slovakia Euro coins.
- Check out th Spanish Euro Coins here and Euro Coins of Portugal here.
- The Netherlands euro coins can be found here and the Ireland euro coins here.
- All the precious Monaco Euro coins are here and Belgium Euro coins here
See the 2-euro commemorative coins of other European countries:
- The valuable 2 Euro Vatican coins can be seen here and the 2 Euro Italy coins here.
- There are also 2 Euro commemorative coins from Malta and 2 Euro coins from San Marino.
- Also worth seeing are the 2 Euro Coins of Greece and the 2 Euro Coin of Germany.
- The 2 Euro Coin of Spain, the 2 Euro coins France and the 2 Euro Monaco coins are also interesting.
- See also the 2 Euro Slovenia coins, the 2 Euro Lithuania coins and the 2 Euro Latvia coins
- 2 Euro Austria coins can be found here and 2 Euro Netherlands here.
- Cyprus’ 2 Euro coins, Ireland’s 2 Euro coins and Estonia’s 2 Euro coins are here.
- Check also the 2 Euro Andorra coins, the 2 Euro Slovakia and the 2 Euro Finland coins.
- The 2 Euro coins from Belgium, the 2 Euro Luxembourg and finally the 2 Euro from Portugal are here.