Greece – 5 Euro coloured, TULIPA, 2019 (in blister)

The flora of Greece is among the richest and most interesting in Europe. According to the latest count (June 2018), it comprises 5,837 species and 1,985 subspecies of Vascular Plants, of which 1,103 species (18.4%) and 456 subspecies (23.1%) are endemic, i.e. restricted to Greece and occurring naturally nowhere else in the world. Goulimis’s tulip (Tulipa goulimyi) was discovered in 1954 by Constantine Goulimis and described in 1955 by British botanists J.R. Sealy and W.B. Turrill, who gave it his name. Its distribution is limited to the southeastern Peloponnese, the islands of Elafonissos, Kythera (where it is quite common) and Antikythera, as well as northwestern Crete (where it is very rare). It typically occurs at low elevations (0-600 m.), mainly among phrygana and on stony, gravelly or sandy ground. This tulip’s key characteristic is that its bulb tunics bear copious wool of brownish hairs inside. It flowers from late March until early May. Its flower is usually bright red, but in rare cases may even be yellow. The species has been classified as “Vulnerable” (VU) in the first Red Data Book of Rare and Threatened Plants of Greece according to the rules of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Germany – 5 Euro, Tropical climate zone, 2017 (PROOF)

Germany, 5 euro collectors’ coin with a red polymer ring, “Tropical climate zone”. The coin will be the first in a five-part series, “Climate zones of the Earth” (2017-2021) one to be issued per year), and is thus thematically linked to the first innovative 5 euro coin “Planet Earth” (a global premiere with its translucent, coloured polymer ring), which was issued in April 2016.

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Greece – 5 Euro, Constantine Cavafy, 2013

Collector coin 5 Euro, 2013 commemorating the 150 years from the birth and the 80 years from the death of Greek famous poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933), offered in blister.

Constantine Cavafy is one of modern Greece’s most important poets and perhaps the best known and most translated. He was born and lived in cosmopolitan Alexandria, then – like in Hellenistic times – a crossroads of cultures. He wrote relatively few and short poems, which he worked and reworked with minute care. He used austere means of expression and mostly free verse, far from the conventions of his time, with a deeply personal style and idiosyncratic language, between the scholarly katharevousa and the demotic. Distinctive features of his poetry are dramatic style, irony, sensuality and philosophical contemplation, often inspired by historical figures and events.

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San Marino – 5 Euro Silver PROOF, J.F. Kennedy, 2013

John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The 22nd of November 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of his death. He represented a deep change for the American political world. His speeches tackled with the most important issues of his Country; he carried out a strong battle against poverty and hunger and struggled to extend civil rights to Afro-American citizens. In the obverse of the coin the coat of arms of the Republic of San Marino. In the reverse of the coin, in foreground a portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in the background a piece of the American flag; on the left the years “1963 2013”; near the borders the inscriptions ICH BIN BERLINER J. F. KENNEDY I AM A BERLINER. Readily available – few pieces!

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San Marino – 5 Euro Silver BU, Federico Fellini, 2013

Federico Fellini (Rimini, 20th January 1920 – Rome, 31st October 1993). He is one of the greatest movie directors of the world that showed Italy of his time as a dream full of emotions. The obverse of the coin represents a movie camera and the portrait of Federico Fellini. His scarf turns into the Rex, the biggest Italian transatlantic which appeared in his movie called “Amarcord”. The ship is topped by the three Towers with the three feathers, symbol of the Republic of San Marino. The reverse shows a vignette by Fellini with a caricature of Giulietta Masina taken from the movie “La strada” and a film strip with the writing “Federico Fellini”.

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Austria – 5 Euro UNC, Viennese Walz, 2013

Considered one of the most important ever developments in the history of dancing, the Viennese Waltz is still very much alive and well today more than 200 years after its advent. As enchanting as the dance itself, this 5 Euro coin has been struck in honour of this most enduring of Austrian institutions. Continue reading