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Issue of euro coins
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATIONS?
FROM WHEN DO THE REGULATIONS APPLY?
* KEY TERMS
Circulation coins: coins for general public use which are legal tender in all euro area countries.
Collector coins: coins not intended for circulation, which are legal tender only in the euro area country where they are issued.
Commemorative coins: 2-euro circulation coins to commemorate a specific subject of national or European importance.
Legal tender: coins or banknotes that must be accepted in a country if offered in payment of a debt.
Regular coins: circulation coins excluding commemorative coins.
Regulation (EU) No 651/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on the issuance of euro coins (OJ L 201, 27.7.2012, pp. 135–137)
Council Regulation (EU) No 729/2014 of 24 June 2014 on denominations and technical specifications of euro coins intended for circulation (Recast) (OJ L 194, 2.7.2014, pp. 1–7)
last update 04.04.2017