Lou Golino published an article on the Euro's impact on numismatics on the CoinWeek site February 20, 2019. Here's a short excerpt.
be sure to see the complete article online. -Editor
The euro has been an enormous boon to numismatics in Europe and beyond for two decades, resulting in an explosion of circulating and commemorative
coins collected by millions of citizens in Europe and others in the U.S., Asia and elsewhere.
One measure of the number of new releases is that each year's annual Lighthouse catalog of euro coins sees an average increase of about 30
pages (with each page usually listing eight coins or sets) over the previous year, with the 2019 edition coming in at just under 700 pages. Another
measure is the proliferation of blogs, Facebook pages, and websites devoted to collecting euro coins.
In fact, the impact of the euro on numismatics in Europe is a key reason why the European numismatic market is now believed to be larger than that
of the United States in terms of collectors if not also sales - with a substantial chunk of that activity coming from collectors in Germany.
Since the euro's introduction, European mints have not only vastly expanded their offerings but have also been at the forefront of
technological innovation, such as the introduction in 2016 by the German Mint of coins with a polymer ring.
To read the complete article, see:
The Coin Analyst: The Euro's Impact
on Numismatics After 20 Years (https://coinweek.com/world-coins/the-coin-analyst-the-euros-impact-on-numismatics-after-20-years/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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