Friday, October 10, 2008

Portugal 2.5 euro 2008 - Fado

New circulating commemorative:

LINK: Casa da Moeda

Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 28.00 mm
Weight: 12.00 g
Mintage: 150,000
Artist: Vitor Santos


  1. Why is this called a "circulating commemorative"? Do 2.5 Euro coins ever circulate?

  2. Well, as long as you can get it in the banks for just 2.5 euros, you could also use it in Portugal. Obviously no one would do it, but you could. Just like the 5 euros in Austria, the 10 euros in Germany, and the oldest 12 euros from Spain

  3. I would not call these euro coins "circulating commemoratives". These are not coins released by banks into circulation. Rather, they are purely collector items. The denominations of these euro commemoratives are non-standard, and they are legal tender only in the countries which issue them.


  4. To add to my previous post... If it does not circulate, you cannot really call it "circulating". The fact that you can get these coins at a bank for face value does not make them circulating either...