Ecco l’Euro!

by Henry Farrell on January 22, 2013


When going through a jar of old coins during the weekend, I found one that I’d gotten when I lived in Florence in 1999, a kind of proto-euro, issued in Fiesole as a combination test/publicity stunt in the run-up to the real thing. It’s acquired a considerable coat of tarnish in the meantime, which is fitting, and I thought it might be no harm to make a photo of it (together with a number of other similarly verdigrised European coins) available, under a CC license, for anyone who might want to use it for blogposts or the like on the ongoing slow-motion calamity.

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Ecco l’Euro! by Henry Farrell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.



Medina 01.23.13 at 3:13 am

Did you upload with the original, full resolution? Because it’s killing my browser. :)


Sebastian H 01.23.13 at 5:06 am

Yeah I’m pretty sure you uploaded a 6 megabyte image.


Henry 01.23.13 at 6:23 am

sorry – should be fixed.


Fu Ko 01.23.13 at 7:09 pm


Henry 01.23.13 at 10:11 pm

Much better!


engels 01.23.13 at 11:40 pm

Ludicrous file size and an appalling photo to boot.


Henry 01.24.13 at 2:11 am

everyone’s a critic …


engels 01.24.13 at 5:10 am

Well if you can’t be Simon Cowell in someone else’s comments section, where can you?


Tim Wilkinson 01.24.13 at 5:18 am

going through a jar of old coins during the weekend
so in the end did you get enough usable cash together for the 10 Benson’s?


Lurker 01.24.13 at 2:31 pm

As a European, I’d like to point out that the coin on the top is not a real Euro coin. Such commemorative medals were relatively popular in certain European countries before the Euro was introduced. The amount of varnish also shows that it is not made of the same metal as real Euro coins. I have a number of such in my pocket at the moment. None has this amount of varnish, not even the “copper”5 cent from 1999. To get coins varnished as badly as the ones you have, they must have been subjected to some sort of chemical bath.

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