Slovenia Euro Coins

Slovene euro coins, first issued for circulation on 1 January 2007, feature a unique design for each coin. The selection process for the coins started in April 2004, involving preliminary discussions with numismatists, designers and experts. The general public was also invited to participate in a public tender concerning proposals of motifs (132 tenderers proposed 699 motifs). A special expert commission (9 different individual experts and members of different institutions, including the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Slovenia) dealt with the proposals and the process. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the final decision on 28 July 2005 to submit the selected design proposals for the national side of the Slovene euro coins to ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Committee).

The design of approximately 230 million Slovene euro coins (total value of approximately 80 million euro) was unveiled on 7 October 2005. The designers are Miljenko Licul, Maja Licul and Janez Boljka. The Mint of Finland was chosen to mint the coins through an international tender. Starting on 15 December 2006, euro starter kits containing Slovene euro coins could be purchased from all Slovene banks. The euro starter kit contained: 8 x 1 cent, 7 x 2 cent, 6 x 5 cent, 6 x 10 cent, 7 x 20 cent, 4 x 50 cent, 4 x 1 euro, 2 x 2 euro (total value 12.52 euro, or 3000.30 tolarjev).

The Slovene euro coins are the first to feature a new common side, with a new map of Europe on the bicoloured and Nordic-gold coins. The use of the Prince's Stone (Slovene Knezji kamen, German Furstenstein) on the 2 cents coin caused a minor political stir in the Austrian State of Carinthia. The stone, an ancient Roman column that was used in the ritual of installing the princes of Karantania and later of the Duchy of Carinthia, is kept in a museum in Klagenfurt, the Carinthian capital, where it is also considered a historical icon of the state. The Carinthian state government (headed by governor Jorg Haider) issued a resolution of protest on October 25, 2005, which was rejected as "not to be taken seriously" by the Slovene foreign minister Dimitrij Rupel.

The Slovene 2 euro coin edge inscription

Edge
The edge of the Slovene euro coins
SLOVENIA (in Slovene) followed by an engraved dot

Mintmarks on Slovene euro coins

2007 2008 - today
Fi
Mercury's wand
Logo of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt
Mercury's wand
Finnish Mint, Rahapaja Oy Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht
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Slovenia 2 euros - France Preseren

The poet France Preseren and the inscription 'Shivé naj vsi naródi' (God's blessing on all nations), a line taken from his poem Zdravljica, which is also used in the country's national anthem [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2007 21,250,000 pieces € 3.55 Buy
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Slovenia 1 euro - Primoz Trubar

The inscriptions 'STATI INU OBSTATI' (to stand and withstand) and PRIMOZ TRUBAR, the author of the first book printed in Slovene [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2007 29,650,000 pieces € 1.90 Buy
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Slovenia 50 cents - Triglav mountain

Triglav is the highest and most sacred mountain in Slovenia. The coin also features the inscription 'OJ TRIGLAV MOJ DOM' (O Triglav, my home) and the constellation Cancer (Slovenia achieved independence under the zodiac sign Cancer) [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2007 32,100,000 pieces € 1.00 Buy
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Slovenia 20 cents - Lipizzaner horses

The Lipizzan, or Lipizzaner is a breed of horse closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria. The breed takes its name from one of the earliest stud farms established, located near the Kras village of Lipica (spelled "Lipizza" ... [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2007 37,150,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
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Slovenia 10 cents - Cathedral of Freedom

Joze Plecnik was a famous Slovene architect who practised in Vienna, Belgrade, Prague and Ljubljana. The Cathedral of Freedom (KATEDRALA SVOBODE) was his unrealized idea for the building of the national parliament [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2007 42,700,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
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Slovenia 5 cents - Sower

Grohar's painting 'A Sower' sowing stars representing member states of EU [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2007 43,700,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
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Slovenia 2 cents - Sovereign Enthronement Stone

The Prince's Stone is the base of an ancient Roman ionic column and played an important role in the ceremonies surrounding the installation of the Princes of Carantania [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2009 12,300,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2007 44,150,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
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Slovenia 1 cent - Stork

A stork, a motif taken from the current 20 SIT coin and being a symbol of birth and long life [ More ]

Year Mintage Price Shop
2009 17,900,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2007 44,600,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy