It’s been almost twenty years since the euro he entered our lives making the old and dear Lire disappear.
However, if it is clear to all who have kept them that some of the old Lire they are worth a lot, you don’t have to go that far back in time to find some rare coins and valuable.
Even the euro, although they are more recent coins, they are not of lesser value than the Lire, some of these specimens and not only pieces created for collectors today they are worth a lot.
Like all coins of value, euros also increase in price due to their rarity and also in this case the estimate rises based on the state of conservation of the specimens, with the maximum value reached only by the so-called Brilliant Uncirculated.
Just to give an example there are 2 euro that you could easily have inside your wallet and which are now worth thousands of euros. Not to mention the 1 cent with the Mole Antonelliana that is worth 2.500 euro.
So let’s see which are the most valuable euros and how to learn to recognize them.
1 euro cent with the Mole Antonelliana
Let’s start with the smallest denomination coins, that is the euro cent, among which a specimen stands out that for one brilliant uncirculated reaches the value of 2.500 euro.
It is the so-called 1 cent with the Mole Antonelliana. It is a coin of the size of 1 cent, on which Castel del Monte is usually depicted. Only on this specimen instead of being depicted Castel del Monte there is the Mole Antonelliana, an image that instead belongs to the 2 cents.
It is a minting error for which the Mint on a 1 euro cent coin has accidentally imprinted the image that goes on the 2 euro cents, with the result that these pieces are now rare coins and they are worth a lot. On the other hand, they are also very easy to recognize.
1 euro cent Unilateral
Still the protagonist is 1 euro cent and again it is a minting error committed by the State Mint, a situation that generally always causes the price of coins to rise.
Another example of moderate value is the so-called 1 unilateral cent, as the word says, the characteristic of this coin is that on one side it has the completely smooth surface, that is, no image was imprinted. Also in this case they are easy to recognize pieces, whose value referred to a Brilliant Uncirculated, if it is not as high as the previous ones, still exceeds the 500 euro.
10 euro cents in 2002
We come to the coin from 10 euro cents and also in this case to raise the value of this piece that we are going to describe is a minting error committed by State Mint.
Some 10 euro cents minted on date 2002 from the Italian Mint carry an error for which the date is positioned with a different orientation than the classic image, that is, with a rotation about 180 degrees.
In any case, you should check the position of the date when a 10 euro cent passes through your hand, because we are talking about 250 euro for example.
20 euro cents in 2000
One more minting error of which I am a victim this time i 20 euro cents minted in Italy in 2000, on which the Mint got the date wrong because they were issued in 2000 and bear the date 1999. To be honest, realizing the error, the Mint withdrew the pieces in question from circulation, which cannot be used and are difficult to estimate because the exchange takes place underground.
2 euro Grace Kelly (2007)
We come to the coin from 2 euro, which often has a lot of value also due to the fact that many pieces are minted commemorative or collectible.
In any case, among the regularly circulating coins that have a considerable value we find the 2 euro minted by the principality of Monaco for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the queen’s death Grace Kelly in 2007.
To contribute to the high price of these specimens, which reach for a brilliant uncirculated 1.500 euro, mainly participates in the fact that only 200,000 pieces were minted, in addition to a curious episode of which they were victims.
In fact, it seems that a German entrepreneur has decided to collect all the pieces possible, actually withdrawing many from the trade and increasing their value and rarity.
In any case, we are faced with pieces of great value even if they are not immaculate coins. Because for the uncirculated, which always touch the maximum price, reaches 1,500 euros, but for circulating coins it still remains at 600 euros per piece.
For a review dedicated to all the coins of value from 1 euro we recommend the YouTube video of Gabrieur:
2 euro Fortress Foundation (2015) e 2 euro Charles III (2016)
We continue with i 2 euro which, as mentioned, are often worthy of attention and we remain in the Principality of Monaco with the 2 euros of the “Foundation of the fortress” minted in 2015 in only 10,000 copies. Let’s talk about pieces that are worth today 1.000 euro the one.
The 2 euro “Charles III“, Minted in 2016 whose maximum value is 500 euro a piece.
2 euro World Youth Day (Vatican, 2005)
In 2005 on the occasion of the World Youth Day which was held in Colonia were minted in number of 100,000 pieces of the 2 euro celebratory, which are quite easy to recognize.
On the obverse of the coin there is in fact depicted the Cologne Cathedral and the words World Youth Day. Issued by the Vatican in limited numbers, these pieces have a value of approx 300 euro the one.
2 euro Bartolomeo Borghesi (San Marino, 2004)
We continue with the review of 2 euros of value and we come to the coins issued by the state of San Marino in 2004 for commemorative purposes and dedicated to the numismatist Bartolomeo Borghesi.
We are in front of specimens not of the highest value, but still worthy of note with a price that generally fluctuates between 150 and 200 euros.
To recognize these specimens the simplest thing is to look at the obverse where the image of Bartolomeo Borghesi with the initials of the engraving that is the letters ELF, which stand for Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini.
2 euro sprout (Finland, 2004)
And we come to another coin that has a particular story to tell that is i 2 euro minted in Finland in 2004.
In reality, numismatists still do not understand how it is possible that these coins have acquired even a minimum value because in fact they do not have limited editions or particular signs.
In fact, their higher than expected price is caused by what could almost be called a transaction marketing made by the Finnish Mint.
This is because these specimens which are intended to commemorate the growth of the European Union and depict a straight stylized sprout, they were not all issued together. That is, they were mixed in rolls together with the classic Finnish 2 euros, so that there was a real hunt for the euro. In the rolls every 25 pieces there was one with the sprout, this situation has raised their value up to the figure of 40 euros per piece.
2 euro Treaty of Rome (Slovenia, 2007)
Still 2 euro worthy of interest and with a value that is not very high, but still above average.
These are coins minted in 2007 in Slovenia in a limited number of only 40,000 pieces to celebrate the Treaty of Rome.
These coins are worth no more than 50 euro to the piece and can be recognized because on the obverse there is the stylized image of a treaty with the signatures affixed. Furthermore, the 12 stars that always surround the 2 euro coin are not arranged around the circumference, with a uniform distance from each other, but six on each side.
2 euro with the wrong map (Germany, 2008)
We finally find a minting error and this time not the fault of the Italian Mint but of the German one.
As we all know, the 2 euro on the reverse depicts the image of Europe with i Member Countries, therefore in 2007 the image was updated because the new EU states were included. In short, in the 2007 changed the map on 2 euro, but not in Germany where in 2008 the mint made the mistake of imprinting the old map on the coins with the result that thanks to this minting error today these examples are worth 50 euro the one.
2 euro of the Economic and Monetary Union (Spain, 2009)
The Spanish mint also made a noteworthy minting error in 2009, years in which he minted a series of coins from 2 euro to celebrate the Economic and Monetary Union.
These coins were issued in 100,000 pieces, but with an error on the obverse, because the classic stars were printed too large in size.
This is a small flaw, but the coins are still very easy to identify, because they are depicted on the obverse a stick man holding out his hand towards the euro symbol.
In any case they are not specimens of great value and do not exceed 30 euros per piece.
Not just rare coins! Value euro banknotes
We close our review dedicated to euro of value leaving the rare coins and passing for a moment at banknotes.
In fact, it is not only rare coins that are worth something but also banknotes follow a similar pattern, that is, printing errors can occur that cause the price of a copy to rise.
For example, there is one 50 euro banknote worth 300 because there is an error concerning the metal wire inserted inside.
Outside it is a very normal one 50 euro, my he wire inside is that of 100 euros, which can easily be verified by placing the banknote against the light. There is another clue, however, to recognize these banknotes and that is that they must be prior to the year 2003, this is because the signature present is that of Duisenberg and that was his last year as president of the ECB.
In the case of banknotes, however, an element that often contributes to determining the high price and attracts the interest of collectors is the serial number.
Particularly sought after are specimens where the serial number repeats the same number several times in a row. However, on the internet it is easy to check the price in relation to the serial number, as this is almost becoming a science for collectors.
Editorial collaborator, born in 1984.
I have a degree in Classical Philology and a doctorate in Ancient History from theUniversity of Naples Federico II, with a thesis on the fragmentary work of Asclepiade di Tragilo. I am the author of scientific publications on the classical world and co-editor of two international academic volumes. Since 2015, I’ve moved to England where I’ve worked as a freelance copywriter and casino dealer.
Il mio motto è? “Naples is the flower of paradise. The last adventure of my life”.