Commemorative and collector coins

You may receive euro coins from any of the 19 euro countries. And from four mini states: Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and Vatican City. Next to the standard coins, there are commemorative coins and collector coins.

Special €2 coins are often issued to commemorate historic events.

Commemorative coins

Greek commemorative coin marking the Olympic Games in Athens.

You can use €2 commemorative coins to pay in any of the euro area countries. They are usually issued to commemorate a historic event. Sometimes they highlight current events of historic importance, such as the royal succession in the Netherlands. Greece issued the very first commemorative coin. This was on the occasion of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Collector coins

Collector coins always have a non-standard value, such as €5 or €10. Collector coins are legal tender only in the issuing country. The latest Dutch coin for collectors is the €10 piece to commemorate the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander. The sailor's knot symbolises unity and solidarity, as shipping brings together the old and the new. The banners are inspired on the reliefs of the Dam Square Palace in Amsterdam; the King's portrait is based on the stately portrait also depicted on the King's tenner in 2013.

Dutch collector coin marking the 50th anniversary of king Willem-Alexander.

Changing collector coins for euros

If you wish to exchange a collector coin for euros, you can go to DNB. DNB will change your collector coin for euros. You will for example receive five euros for the silver €5 Bosch coin, meaning that you will not be reimbursed for the additional value that the collector coin has. Coin traders will often pay you more for your coins.