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Helgoland Euro Pattern Set

Year of Issue - 2004

Presentation folder of Helgoland Euro Pattern coins 2005. A pattern coin is a coin used for evaluating a proposed coin design or for a collectability factor, but is not legal tender.

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Helgoland Euro Pattern Set 2005

Limited Edition: Only 10,000 issued

Attractive illustrated Presentation Wallet with coins mounted in opaque capsules allowing viewing on both sides of coins.

No coin in this set has a legal tender value.

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Helgoland Euro Pattern Concept Design

Helgoland is a German island in the North Sea, lying off the mouths of the Elbe and Weser. It has a population of a little over 2000 people but some 20,000 visitors each year.

With its red sandstone rock Helgoland is a unique island. In the 19th century it issued its own stamps and now Helgoland enjoys a special status and relationship with mainland Germany, including customs and VAT exemptions. But although the island currently uses the euro of Germany and other eurozone nations, it does not have a euro design of its own. INA has produced this distinctive collection for Helgoland.

The 2 and 1 euro coins feature the portrait of Wilhelm II, the German Kaiser who played a major role in the annexation of Helgoland to Germany. The island was ceded to Germany in 1890 and since 1892 has formed part of the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein. The pattern (probe) 50, 20 and 10 eurocent coins feature an image of the Helgoland lobster - a visiting gourmet's treat! The 5, 2 and 1 eurocent patterns feature a seal which is a regular visitor to the waters around Helgoland.

Helgoland boasts a claim to being Germany's richest place in iodine and oxygen, and there is so little pollen that the island is a haven for visitors with asthmatic problems. The sun shines on Helgoland for a good proportion of the year and the nearby Gulf Streama ensures a mild climate all the year round. There is little frost in winter.