How did it all start?
The creator of the Euro Souvenir banknote is Richard Faille, who began collaborating with the French Mint “Monnaie de Paris” in 1996. His idea was to make personalized coins that museums, tourist centers, parks offer as gifts to visitors. This idea was very successful and more than 60 million personalized coins were sold during the 18 years of collaboration. At present, many cultural monuments and tourist sites in Hungary also offer commemorative coins made by local producers. In 2015, Richard Faille created a new modern and unique concept that is a successful successor to his previous idea – the Euro Souvenir, the first official “Euro Souvenir”, the 0 euro banknote.
The new concept was successfully launched in 2015 in France and has been extended to other countries such as Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, where it has aroused great interest among tourists and collectors. In 2018, the concept was extended to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and in 2019 to Poland. However, the EuroSouvenir concept has already crossed the borders of the euro area and even the European Union, and all banknotes have already been issued in countries such as the United States, Russia, China, Turkey and Sweden.
Why is the EuroSouvenir banknote so special?
Thanks to this special concept, important monuments, tourist sites or famous personalities that have not been found on real national banknotes can be placed on the banknotes. This Euro commemorative coin connects the countries of Europe, taking into account the specificity and interest of each country, thus bringing the locations and personalities on the banknotes closer to other European residents.