Icelandic Euro Pattern Coins
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Iceland Euro Pattern Coins
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Iceland & The Euro
We believe that Iceland will eventually join the Euro, probably after 2004, along with about a dozen other countries. It is not known whether any official plans have been made to produce pattern designs for a set of Icelandic euro coins.
Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Limited home rule from Denmark was granted in 1874 and complete independence attained in 1944. Literacy, longevity, income, and social cohesion are first-rate by world standards.
So far, we have not heard any official information about Iceland joining the EU and the euro, but with a tiny population not much more than a quarter of a million, it is likely that it would be to Iceland's advantage to become a member.
On a number of previous occasions, especially before major coinage changes, pattern coins have been produced as a design exercise or to test public opinion. Many of these have been privately produced. A privately produced pattern set of British euro coins has already been produced, and met with intense demand, despite almost negligible marketing. Original priced at around €40, these have changed hands for over €250 on e-bay.
We have not yet seen any suggested designs for Icelandic euro coins, but...
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Icelandic euro sets
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- UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
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