Spain – 2 Euro, San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery, 2013

Built at the end of the 16th century on a plan in the form of a grill, the instrument of the martyrdom of St Lawrence, the Escurial Monastery stands in an exceptionally beautiful site in Castile. Its austere architecture, a break with previous styles, had a considerable influence on Spanish architecture for more than half a century. It was the retreat of a mystic king and became, in the last years of Philip II’s reign, the centre of the greatest political power of the time.On November 2, 1984, UNESCO declared The Royal Site of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site.

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Germany – Official BU Set 2013 (5 Sets: Letters A,D,F,G,J)

The Official BU Euro coins issued in 2013 by the 5 German mints. Each set contains the two 2 Euro commemorative coins 2013, “Baden-Wurttemberg” from the “states” and the 2 Euro commemorative coin “50 years Élysée Treaty”

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Netherlands – 2 Euro, Change of Throne Announcement, 2013

In an announcement broadcast on national media on 28 January 2013, Queen Beatrix announced her intention to abdicate on 30 April (Queen’s Day), when she will have been on the throne for exactly 33 years. Beatrix stated that it was time to “place the responsibility for the country in the hands of a new generation.” Her heir apparent is her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander. She will be the third successive Dutch monarch to abdicate the throne, following her grandmother and her mother.Willem-Alexander will be the first King of Netherlands in 123 years.

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Slovenia – Euro coins, Official BU Set 2013

The Official Euro Coin Set BU 2013 of Slovenia contains 10 coins BU in original folder. The coin set includs all the euro coin denominations with a Slovenian national obverse, the 3 Euro bimetal collector coin issued to mark 300th anniversary of the Great Tolmin Peasant Uprising, and the 2 Euro commemorative coin issued to mark the 800th anniversary of visiting the Postojna Cave.

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Latvia applies to enter eurozone

euroToday, Latvia formally asked the Commission to deliver an extraordinary convergence report with the aim of joining the euro from 1st January 2014. The report will assess if the country has achieved the five convergence criteria as defined in the Maastricht Treaty for joining the euro. The criteria include a qualitative assessment of the structural sustainability of public finances in Latvia. Continue reading