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Euro starter kits

Euro starter kits are packs of euro coins of all the eight denominations sealed in a plastic bag. The scope of these kits is primarily to familiarise the citizens of that nation that is going to join the eurozone with the new currency, the euro. Another objective is to fill up cash registers well in advance of €-Day. Usually these kits are available from the local banks some weeks before the euro changeover.[1]

Mainly there are two types of starter packs; business starter kits and kits for the general public. The difference is in the number of coins per pack. Business kits are intended for retailers, thereby they contain around 100 euro or more of coins and are normally contained in rolls, whereas, the mini-starter kits are intended for the general public and usually these kits have a small volume of coins.[2][3][4]

AustriaEdit

The Austrian euro starter kits were out on the 15 December 2001. The general public kit was sold for €14.54 (200,07 ATS, however, rounded to 200 ATS), whereas, the business starter kits were available much earlier, on 1 September 2001 and each kit contained €145 in Austrian euro coins. The quantity of the public and business starter kits produced was 6,000,000 and 750,000 kits, respectively.

BelgiumEdit

The Belgian starter kits were sold at 500 Belgian Francs.

The Belgian Business Starter Kit


CyprusEdit

The Cypriot Business Kit

Cyprus together with Malta joined the eurozone on 1 January 2008. On 3 December 2007, the Central Bank of Cyprus issued mini-starter packs and business kits, so the Cypriots would have enough euro cash before €-Day.[5][6]

Forty thousand starter kits, worth €172 each, were available for businesses, but only 22.000 were sold. Since these starter kits contained rolled coins, the remaining kits could easily be used by the banks after €-day. Another 250,000 mini-kits, worth €17.09 (CYP 10) each, were available for the general public. Some 189,000 mini-kits were sold. According to the Eurobarometer survey, more than 70% of the citizens who had bought a mini-kit opened it and used the coins after the changeover while some 20% kept it untouched. As from the changeover, the unsold mini-kits have been exported to satisfy the demand of coin collectors abroad. Cypriot euro coins worth €3.5 million were exported in the first three weeks of January.[7]

Cypriot Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Business Starter Kit 1 Roll (25 coins) 2 Rolls (50 coins) 2 Rolls (80 coins) 2 Rolls (80 coins) 2 Rolls (80 coins) 2 Rolls (100 coins) 2 Rolls (100 coins) 2 Rolls (100 coins) €172,00 03.12.2007 40,000
Public mini-Starter Kit 3 coins 5 coins 7 coins 8 coins 5 coins 6 coins 6 coins 7 coins €17,09 03.12.2007 250,000


EstoniaEdit

An Estonian euro starter kit

Estonia joined the eurozone on 1 January 2011. It was the 17th member state of the eurozone. Mini-euro starter kits were issued on 1 December 2010 and it has also issued 2 types of business kits. One business kit contains €111 worth of coins and packed in rolls, whereas, the other kit contains 15 rolls worth €198[8]

Estonian Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Public mini-Starter Kit 2 coins 4 coins 5 coins 6 coins 6 coins 6 coins 6 coins 7 coins €12.79 01.12.2010 700,000
Business mini-Starter Kit 1 roll
(25 coins)
1 roll
(25 coins)
1 roll
(40 coins)
1 roll
(40 coins)
1 roll
(40 coins)
1 roll
(50 coins)
1 roll
(50 coins)
1 roll
(50 coins)
€111.00 01.12.2010  ?

FinlandEdit

The Finnish Business Starter Kit
Finnish Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Business Starter Kit 1 roll
(25 coins)
1 roll
(25 coins)
3 rolls
(120 coins)
2 rolls
(80 coins)
3 rolls
(120 coins)
2 rolls
(100 coins)


€168.00 01.01.2002  ?
Public mini-Starter Kit 1 coin 1 coin 1 coin 1 coin 1 coin 1 coin 1 coin 1 coin €3.88 01.01.2002 500,000


FranceEdit

France was not just one of the founders of the European Union but also was one of the first countries to adopt the euro. The French euro starter packs were available for the public on 14 December 2001. The nominal price of these packs was of 100 French Francs equivalent to €15.25. The kits contained coins from the years 1999, 2000 and 2001.[9]

French Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Public mini-Starter Kit 4 coins 3 coins 4 coins 7 coins 4 coins 5 coins 7 coins 6 coins €15.25 14.12.2001 53,000,000


GermanyEdit

The German Starter Kit

In Germany, each starter kit contained 20 coins for the total of €10.23, equivalent to 20.01 DEM. They were released for the public on 17 December 2001. There are five different kinds of kits, one for each mint (A, D, F, G and J). The following are the mintage quantities per mint:

  • A  : 12,100,000 Kits
  • D  : 11,600,000 Kits
  • F  : 12,100,000 Kits
  • G  : 8,100,000 Kits
  • J  : 9,600,000 Kits


GreeceEdit

The Greek Starter Kit

The Greek kit contained coins with a total value of €14.67, or 5,000. More specifically, it contained:

  • €2.00 x 2
  • €1.00 x 5
  • €0.50 x 6
  • €0.20 x 7
  • €0.10 x 8
  • €0.05 x 6
  • €0.02 x 6
  • €0.01 x 5


IrelandEdit

Ireland issued 750,000 starter packs on 14 December 2001. Each starter pack contained 19 coins worth €6.35 in total, or IR£5.

It contained:

  • €2.00 * 1
  • €1.00 * 2
  • €0.50 * 2
  • €0.20 * 4
  • €0.10 * 4
  • €0.05 * 2
  • €0.02 * 1
  • €0.01 * 3


ItalyEdit

Italy issued 30,000,000 starter kits, each starter kit had a face value of €12,91 equivalent to 25,000 Italian Lira. There are two variations of these packs, one has text printed on the bag, whereas, the other has not.

Italian Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Public mini-Starter Kit 2 coins 4 coins 5 coins 5 coins 6 coins 10 coins 10 coins 11 coins €12.91 15.12.2001 30,000,000


LatviaEdit

In December 2013 Latvia issued 800,000 starter kits, each starter kit had a face value of €14,23 equivalent to 10 Latvian lats.

Latvian Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Public mini-Starter Kit 2 coins 4 coins 7 coins 8 coins 7 coins 5 coins 6 coins 6 coins €14.23 10.12.2013 800,000


LuxembourgEdit

Except for different text on the bag and different national sides, Luxembourg's starter sets were the same as the Belgian sets, as Belgium and Luxembourg were already in a pre-existing currency union. Each set also had 500 francs in euro coins.

MaltaEdit

Maltese Business Starter Kit
Maltese General Public Starter Kit

The first Maltese euro coins were available for the public on 1 December 2007, as business starter packs worth €131 each started being available for small businesses to fill up their cash registers with sufficient amount of euro coins before the €-day. Mini-kits each worth €11.65 were available for the general public on 10 December 2007. Malta issued 33,000 business starter kits and 330,000 starter kits for the general public.[10][11] All the 33,000 starter kits for businesses were sold.[7]

Maltese Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Business Starter Kit 1 roll
(25 coins)
1 roll
(25 coins)
1 roll
(40 coins)
2 rolls
(80 coins)
3 rolls
(120 coins)
2 rolls
(100 coins)
2 rolls
(100 coins)
2 rolls
(100 coins)
€131.00 01.12.2007 33,000
Public mini-Starter Kit 2 coins 3 coins 5 coins 6 coins 6 coins 5 coins 3 coins 4 coins €11.65 10.12.2007 330,000


MonacoEdit

Despite not being a member of the European Union, in 1999 Monaco also adopted the euro. This is mainly because Monaco never had its own currency and was using the French one, so when France switched to the euro Monaco had no option but to follow suit. The European Union has a special agreement with Monaco that allows this country to mint a limited number of euro coins. Late in 2001, Monaco issued 51,200 starter kits for the nominal price of €15,25 (100 francs) each, however, today their price on commercial websites is more than €600.[3]

NetherlandsEdit

The Dutch Starter Kit

The Netherlands issued two different starter kits, intended to educate its citizens about the euro. One contained one of each coin and was distributed in a card, for free to the citizens of the Netherlands. Packaged, mint condition cards have since become collector items. Additional bags of assorted Euro coins could be purchased to familiarise oneself with them. These bags contained €11.34 worth of coins and sold for 25 guilders, which was the same as the value of the coins.

PortugalEdit

One million starter kits containing the Portuguese euro coins were available on 17 December 2001. Each kit was sold for 2005 PTE (equivalent to €10). On 1 September 2001 business kits with €250 of euro coins were available. The business kit included: - 50 coins of 2.00 - 50 coins of 1.00 - 120 coins of 0.50 - 120 coins of 0.20 - 80 coins of 0.10 - 100 coins of 0.05 - 100 coins of 0.02 - 100 coins of 0.01


San MarinoEdit

San Marino in 2002 was among those non-EU nations that joined the euro. Out of all the countries that switched to the euro, San Marino was the only country not to issue a euro starter kit.

SlovakiaEdit

The Slovak Starter Kit

Slovakia joined the eurozone on 1 January 2009. As part of the euro changeover preparation, Slovakia issued 1,200,000 starter packs for the general public on 1 December 2008. Each starter kit contains €16.60 in coins this is equivalent to SKK500.09, however, the price was rounded-down to SKK500. The starter kits were available for purchase in the Slovak Post branches, local commercial banks and National Bank of Slovakia.[12] Almost 90% of the Slovak starter kits were sold in the first five days.[13]

Slovak Starter Kit Content[12]
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Slovakia mini-Starter Kit 2 coins
6 coins
8 coins
8 coins
6 coins
5 coins
5 coins
5 coins
€16.60 01.12.2008 1,200,000

SloveniaEdit

Slovenia – Professional Cash Handlers Starter Kit

Slovenia was the first country to join the eurozone out of the 10 new member states that joined the European Union in 2004. On 1 December 2006, professional cash handlers were the first to get hands on the Slovenian euro coins as special starter packs were available for cash handlers.[14] On 15 December 2006 the general public could buy euro starter kits; 450,000 of these kits were produced, each kit contained 44 coins amounting to €12.52 (3,000 tolars).[15]

Slovenian Starter Kits Content[16]
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Professional Cash Handlers Starter Kit 1 roll (25 coins) 3 rolls (75 coins) 2 rolls (80 coins) 2 rolls (80 coins) 3 rolls (120 coins) 2 rolls (100 coins) 2 rolls (100 coins) 2 rolls (100 coins) €201.00 01.12.2006 45,000
Public mini-Starter Kit 2 coins 4 coins 4 coins 7 coins 6 coins 6 coins 7 coins 8 coins €12.52 15.12.2006 450,000


SpainEdit

Spain – "Monedero Euro"

Spain was one of the first countries to join the eurozone. The Spanish starter kits or “Monedero Euro” had a face value of €12,02 equivalent to 1999.96 pesetas, however, they were sold for 2000 pesetas. These kits were released on 15 December 2001. On 1 September 2001, special starter kits for merchants were issued. The latter had a face value of €30,41 (5060 pesetas).[17]

Spanish Starter Kits Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Business Starter Kit €30.41 01.09.2001 3,500,000
Public mini-Starter Kit 2 coins 2 coins 7 coins 7 coins 6 coins 6 coins 9 coins 4 coins €12.02 15.12.2001 23,000,000


VaticanEdit

Vatican 2008, 2nd Starter Kit

The smallest independent nation in the world, on 1 March 2002 issued 1,000 starter kits. It was the only nation to issue starter kits well after the eurochangeover, thus, these starter kits are collectible items. Each kit consisted of eight coins, one coin of each denomination (€0,01 – €2,00), thereby, having a face value of €3,88 and all depict the now late pope, John Paul II. Although these packs were available for free, nowadays, their price on commercial websites is significant. With only 1,000 issues, this is the rarest starter kit.[18]

In 2008, surprisingly, the Vatican City released 6,400 'starter kits', however, this time the coins featured Benedict XVI. Each kit contains eight coins, again a coin of each denomination, and was given to the inhabitants and employees of the Vatican for free.[19]

Vatican Starter Kit Content
Starter Kit €2.00 €1.00 €0.50 €0.20 €0.10 €0.05 €0.02 € 0.01 Face Value Issue Date Quantity
Vatican Starter Kit 2002 1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
€3,88 01.03.2001 1,000
Vatican Starter Kit 2008 1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
1 coin
€3,88 unknown.2008 6,400


SummaryEdit

General Public mini-Starter Kits

Country Coins €2 €1 50 20 10 5 2 1 Face Value Quantity
Austria 33 4 4 2 3 6 4 4 6 €14.54 200 ATS 6,000,000
Belgium 29 2 5 4 3 5 4 4 2 €12.40 500 BEF 5,300,000
Cyprus 47 3 5 7 8 5 6 6 7 €17.09 10 CYP 250,000
Estonia 42 2 4 5 6 6 6 6 7 €12,79 200 EEK 700,000
Finland 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 €3.88 23 FIM 500,000
France 40 4 3 4 7 4 5 7 6 €15.25 100 FRF 53,000,000
Germany 20 2 3 4 4 3 2 1 1 €10.23 20 DEM 53,542,150
Greece 45 2 5 6 7 8 6 6 5 €14.67 5000 GRD 3,000,000
Ireland 19 1 2 2 4 4 2 1 3 €6.35 5 IEP 750,000
Italy 53 2 4 5 5 6 10 10 11 €12.91 25000 ITL 30,000,000
Latvia 45 2 4 7 8 7 5 6 6 €14.23 10 LVL 800,000
Luxembourg 29 2 5 4 3 5 4 4 2 €12.40 500 LUF 700,000
Malta 34 2 3 5 6 6 5 3 4 €11.65 5 MTL 330,000
Monaco 40 4 3 4 7 4 5 7 6 €15.25 100 FRF 51,200
Netherlands 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 €3.88 Free 16,000,000
Netherlands 32 2 3 5 5 5 5 3 4 €11.35 25 NLG 8,800,000
Portugal 34 2 2 4 5 6 5 5 5 €10.00 2005 PTE 1,000,000
Slovakia 45 2 6 8 8 6 5 5 5 €16.60 500 SKK 1,200,000
Slovenia 44 2 4 4 7 6 6 7 8 €12.52 3000 SIT 450,000
Spain 43 2 2 7 7 6 6 9 4 €12.02 2000 ESP 23,000,000
Vatican 2002 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 €3.88 Free 1,000
Vatican 2008 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 €3.88 Free 6,400

Business Starter Kits

Country Rolls €2 €1 50 20 10 5 2 1 Face Value Quantity
Cyprus 15 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 €172 100.67 CYP 40,000
Finland 12 1 1 3 2 3 2 - - €168 1040 FIM  ?
Malta 14 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 €131 56.24 MTL 33,000
Portugal 18 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 €250 50,120.5 PTE  ?
Slovenia 17 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 €201 48,167 SIT 45,000
Spain 18 15 - - 2 - - - 1 €30.41 5,060 ESP 3,500,000

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