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The 2€ Commemorative Coins Of The European Union Countries

Information on this page has been sourced from www.liesemeijer.com and http://www.ecb.europa.eu/euro/coins/comm/html/index.en.html and http://www.ecb.int/euro/coins/2euro/html/index.en.html and http://www.fleur-de-coin.com/eurocoins/eurozone

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Euro area member states
25 March 2007
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50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
The 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome will be celebrated on 25 March 2007. The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community and notably paved the way for the introduction of the euro in 1999 and euro banknotes and coins in 2002. The euro-area Member States have decided to issue a common commemorative 2-euro circulation coin on this occasion. It has been agreed that the design presented on the national face will be the same in all countries. The European Mints have organised a competition to select the most attractive design. A jury composed of Ms Berès, representing the European Parliament, Mr Junker as President of the Eurogroup, and Commissioner Almunia, selected on 5 May 2006, the design of this commemorative coin which will be issued in 2007. The winning design shows the Treaty signed by the six founding countries on a background evocating the paving (designed by Michelangelo) of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where the Treaty was signed on 25 March 1957.

The centre of the coin shows the Treaty signed by the six founding Member States on a background evoking the paving, designed by Michelangelo, of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome where the Treaty was signed on 25 March 1957. The translation of the word 'Europe' appears above the book. The translation of the words 'Treaty of Rome 50 years' is inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the national name of the issuing country are inscribed under the design. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
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2009
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Ten Year Anniversary of the European Monetary Union
All Eurozone member countries issued this same coin commemorating the start of the EMU in 1999. The coins differ in the name of the issuing countries and the wording (abbreviation) of the E.M.U. The Luxembourg coin has a "hologram" which shows the europuppet and the Grand Duke alternatively.
The associated countries Monaco, San Marino and vatican City did not issue this coin.
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Malta
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Austria
11 may 2005
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50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty
The outer ring bears the twelve stars of the European Union. The inner part shows a reproduction of the signatures and seals from the last page of the Austrian State Treaty, signed in May 1955 by the Foreign Ministers and the Ambassadors of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, USA and France, and the then Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Figl, with the inscription ‘50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG’ above the seals, running along the upper edge of the inner part in a quasi-semicircle slightly tilted to the right. At the bottom left is the year of issue, 2005. The vertically-striped background
Designed by H. Andexlinger
6.880.000
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100.000
BU
20.000
PL
2007
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Vertrag von Rome 50 Jahre
9.000.000
UNC
75.000
BU
20.000
PR
2012
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Austria 2 euros 2012 - 10 years of euro banknotes and coins
On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the European Union. The introduction of the euro cash was an unprecedented challenge, but it went smoothly, and billions of banknotes and coins started to circulate in a matter of days. Five more Member States adopted the euro in later years, so a total of 17 Member States – and 332 million people – use the currency as of 2011. It has become a symbol of Europe, and the banknotes and coins have become a part of european citizens daily lives.

Citizens and residents of the euro area selected the winning design for this euro coin, issued by all euro area countries to commemorate ten years of euro banknotes and coins. Using web-voting, they had five designs to choose from which had been pre-selected by a professional jury. The winning design symbolises the way in which the euro has become a true global player over the past ten years, as well as its importance in day-to-day life, with various aspects being depicted: ordinary people (the family of four), trade (the ship), industry (the factory) and energy (the wind power stations).


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Belgium
October 2005
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Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLUE)
The effigies of Grand-Duke Henri of Luxembourg and King Albert II of Belgium are depicted in profile in the centre of the design. The profile of King Albert II is slightly superimposed on that of Grand-Duke Henri. Under the effigies appears the year mark ‘2005’. To the lower right there is a combination of the letters ‘LL’, the engraver's initials. The two effigies and the date are surrounded by the twelve stars and by the monograms of Grand-Duke Henri to the left and of King Albert II to the right. The mintmarks each appear between two stars, one on the left and one on the right of the bottom part of the outer circle.
Designed by Luc Luycx
5.977.000
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20.000
BU

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3.000
PR
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April 2006
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Atomium
The inner part of the coin shows a representation of the ‘Atomium’. The engraver's initials ‘LL’ are depicted to the lower right hand side of the Atomium. Two mintmarks appear along the edge of the inner part, one on the right and one on the left of the lower ball of the Atomium. Twelve stars surround the design on the outer ring. The monogram ‘B’ appears at the top of the coin between two stars and the year of mintage ‘2006’ appears at the bottom of the circle between two stars.
Designed by Luc Luycx
4.977.000
UNC
20.000
FDC
3.000
PR

2007
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Pactvm Romanvm 50
5.000.000
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3.000
PR
2008

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60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The inner part of the coin depicts curved lines around a rectangle marked with the figure 60. The year 2008 is inscribed above the rectangle and the words UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS underneath it. The name of the country is inscribed in a semi-circle below the design in its three official languages. ‘BELGIE — BELGIQUE — BELGIEN’. The mintmark and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint appear to the left and right of the design respectively.
5.000.000
UNC
20.000
BU
5.000
PR
2009

Louis Braille
Celebration of the 200th birthday of Louis Braille.
This inventor of the Braille type, an alfabet for the blind, consisting of raised dots in paper, was born 4 January 1809. His script is widely used for the communication with blind people. It was inspired by the development of a form of "nightwriting" in the French Army. Italy also chose this subject for their 2009 commemorative coin.
The coin shows a portrait of Louis Braille with closed eyes surrounded by his name in Latin script and his initials in Braille. Also the relevant dates are shown.
5.000.000
UNC
5.000
BU
7.500
PL
2010

Presidency of the European Union
Belgium had the Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2010. Although the importance of the Presidency is less after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, Belgium considered this a fitting occasion for a commemorative coin.
The coin shows the letters eu, the logo of the combined Spanish-Belgian-Hungarian Presidency. These countries combined their programs, in order to create a longer policy period. The coin also shows the URL of this initiative: trio.be, this being the first appearance of a URL on a 2 Euro coin.
The trilingual country designation is at the bottom of the inner circle in a semicircular fashion. The text: "BELGIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU 2010" is to be found at the top of the inner circle. In the lower half of the center of the coin the date 2010 is flanked by the Brussels Mint Mark and by the Mint Masters Mark, a goose-quill (Serge Lesens).
5.000.000
UNC
6.000
BU
7.850
PR
2011

100th Anniversary of International Women's Day
Many countries consider March 8th as International Women's Day. The Day was celebrated for the first time in 1911. The origin lies in New York, U.S.A. where on March 8th 1908 a strike started against the bad working conditions in the textile mills. The slogan "Bread and Roses" became world-famous. Later the celebrations came to be associated with the socialist movement and were not that popular during the cold war. The 1970's saw a revival of this Day. And currently it is celebrated in most countries. Curiously, in Belgium International Women's Day is celebrated on November 11, although there are proposals to change it to March 8th.
The coin shows the effigies of the first Belgian female M.D. (I. van Diest) and the first Belgian female Lawyer (M.Popelin). The background shows a Venus sign and their names are in a semicircle under their heads. The insignia of their sciences, the asklepian and the scales are to the left and right respectively. The top of the center shows the Mint and Mintmaster marks as well as the abbreviation "BE" for Belgium, and the year is visible in the lower part. The rim shows the 12 stars.
5.000.000
UNC
6.000
BU
7.500
PR
2012
 

10 years of euro banknotes and coins
On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the European Union. The introduction of the euro cash was an unprecedented challenge, but it went smoothly, and billions of banknotes and coins started to circulate in a matter of days. Five more Member States adopted the euro in later years, so a total of 17 Member States – and 332 million people – use the currency as of 2011. It has become a symbol of Europe, and the banknotes and coins have become a part of european citizens daily lives.

Citizens and residents of the euro area selected the winning design for this euro coin, issued by all euro area countries to commemorate ten years of euro banknotes and coins. Using web-voting, they had five designs to choose from which had been pre-selected by a professional jury. The winning design symbolises the way in which the euro has become a true global player over the past ten years, as well as its importance in day-to-day life, with various aspects being depicted: ordinary people (the family of four), trade (the ship), industry (the factory) and energy (the wind power stations).

 


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PR
2012
  Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
This coin celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. It is a founding member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (1957) and has been, since its foundation, considered the world over to be one of the most prestigious and most difficult. It is devoted to violin (since 1937), piano (since 1938), to composition (since 1953) and to singing (since 1988). Held in Brussels, the Competition is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium.

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Cyprus
2012
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10 years of euro banknotes and coins
On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the European Union. The introduction of the euro cash was an unprecedented challenge, but it went smoothly, and billions of banknotes and coins started to circulate in a matter of days. Five more Member States adopted the euro in later years, so a total of 17 Member States – and 332 million people – use the currency as of 2011. It has become a symbol of Europe, and the banknotes and coins have become a part of european citizens daily lives.

Citizens and residents of the euro area selected the winning design for this euro coin, issued by all euro area countries to commemorate ten years of euro banknotes and coins. Using web-voting, they had five designs to choose from which had been pre-selected by a professional jury. The winning design symbolises the way in which the euro has become a true global player over the past ten years, as well as its importance in day-to-day life, with various aspects being depicted: ordinary people (the family of four), trade (the ship), industry (the factory) and energy (the wind power stations).

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Malta
Monaco
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Czech Republic
25 March 2007
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Non euro 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome coin
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Finland
July 2004
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Enlargement of the European Union by ten new Member States
The design describes a stylised pillar from which the sprouts grow upwards. The sprouts represent the enlargement of the European Union. The pillar represents the foundation for growth. Near the pillar there are the letters ‘EU’. In the upper part of the coin there is the year ‘2004’. Twelve stars, together with the year, surround the design.
Designed by Pertti Mäkinen
941.000
UNC
100.000
UNC
Cased by mint
60.000
BU
Euro Coin Set
5.000
PR
2005
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60th anniversary of the United Nations and 50th anniversary of Finland's membership of the UN
The coin visualises UN’s role as international peace building organisation and support for the development of nations. The inner part of the coin depicts a dove of peace formed of pieces ofa jigsaw puzzle. Underneath the dove, along the edge of the lower half of the inner circle, the words Finland — UN appear on the left and the year of mintage on the right. Above the figure, close to the jigsaw puzzle, there is a letter ‘K’, the engraver's initial. The MINT mark ‘M’ appears underneath the representation of the dove of peace. The twelve stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring.
Designed by Tapio Kettunen - “Pala palalta” (Bit by bit)
2.000.000
UNC

October 2006
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100th anniversary of universal and equal suffrage
The inner part of the coin shows male and female faces separated by a line. On the left side of the coin, is the date 1 October 1906 and on the right side, is the year with the imbedded country abbreviation 20 FI 06. The mint mark ‘M’ appears at the left of each face. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
2.500.000
UNC
60.000
BU
Euro Coin Set
3.300
PR

2007
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Rooman Sopimus 50
1.400.000
UNC
???
BU
2.500
PR
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90 years of independence
Designed by: Reijo Paavilainen
2.000.000
UNC
???
BU
15.000
PR
2008

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60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The inner part of the coin shows a heart with a human figure inside.The lettering is "HUMAN RIGHTS". The year of issue is on the top of the inner part and the 12 stars are on the outer ring. The country code (FI), the Mint sign and the designer initial (K for Taipo Kettunen) are all on the lower inner part of the coin.
1.447.500
UNC
30.000
BU
22.500
PR
2009
1806
Occasion of 200 years of autonomy for Finland.
What is now Finland, in the centuries before 1809 was part of Sweden. Sweden lost Finland to Russia during the Finnish War, which ended september 1809. Finland continued as an Autonomous Grand Principality within the Russian Empire. The decision of the four Finnish regions to support the Russians in the Finnish War was taken in the Diet (=Legislative Assembly) of Porvoo (= a town in the south) in March 1809. Finland in 2009 celebrates the 200th anniversary of this event.
The coin shows a stylized representation of the Cathedral of Porvoo where the Diet was held. At the top the significant date 1809 is visible
1.500.000
UNC
none
BU
25.000
PL
2010
150 Years of Finnish Mintage
After several centuries of Swedish rule, the Grand-Duchy of Finland joined the Russian Empire in 1806. The Russian Tsar granted the Finnish People their own money in 1860, and the first Finnish (silver) Markka was struck in 1864. The value at the time was one quarter Rouble. In 1918, when Finland became independant, the Russian double Eagle on the coins was changed into the Finnish Lion. The Finnish 2 Euro coins from 2007 till 2010 all bore as a Mint Mark the Cornucopia but from 2011 these coins will bear the Finnish Lion as a Mint mark. This special 2 Euro coin however is the only circulation coin from 2010 with the new Mint Mark.
The coin shows the Finnish Heraldic Lion looking to the left as well as the date 2010. On the right of the inner part are a number of digits symbolising the (1-2-5) currency system. The country designation is in the lower end of the inner circle and the Mint Mark on the upper right. The designermark a letter P (Reijo Paavilainen), is barely visible in the lower part of the inner circle, just below the right paw of the lion.
1.560.000
UNC
15.000
BU
25.000
PR

2011

Possibly: 200 Years of the FinnishNationalBank
The BankofFinland is the world's fourth oldest central issuing authority. As Finland passed from Swedish rule to Russian control in 1809, the financial system was overhauled. In 1811, Tsar Alexander I issued a decree to establish the "Waihetus- Laina- ja Depositioni-Contori" ('Exchange, Lending and Deposits Bureau') in the city of Turku. This, the nation's first issuing authority, became the BankofFinland. The issuing authority was relocated to Helsinki in 1819. The BankofFinland took on its role as a central issuing authority towards the end of the 1800s when Finland had set up its own currency and commercial banks had been established. When Finland gained her independence, the BankofFinland's position as the national central issuing authority was reinforced.
The obverse of the coin is not yet made public, but it is widely believed that it will resemble the € 100,- gold coin with this same motiv. The coin is expected out somewhere in October.
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BU
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PR
2012
  2 euros - 10 years of euro banknotes and coins
On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the European Union. The introduction of the euro cash was an unprecedented challenge, but it went smoothly, and billions of banknotes and coins started to circulate in a matter of days. Five more Member States adopted the euro in later years, so a total of 17 Member States – and 332 million people – use the currency as of 2011. It has become a symbol of Europe, and the banknotes and coins have become a part of european citizens daily lives.

Citizens and residents of the euro area selected the winning design for this euro coin, issued by all euro area countries to commemorate ten years of euro banknotes and coins. Using web-voting, they had five designs to choose from which had been pre-selected by a professional jury. The winning design symbolises the way in which the euro has become a true global player over the past ten years, as well as its importance in day-to-day life, with various aspects being depicted: ordinary people (the family of four), trade (the ship), industry (the factory) and energy (the wind power stations).


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UNC
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BU
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PR
2012
 

2 euros - 50th anniversary of birth of Helene Schjerfbeck
Helene Schjerfbeck was a Finnish painter. She is most widely known for her realist works and self-portraits, and less well known for her landscapes and still lifes. Throughout her long life, her work changed dramatically. Her work starts with a dazzlingly skilled, somewhat melancholic version of late-19th-century academic realism…it ends with distilled, nearly abstract images in which pure paint and cryptic description are held in perfect balance.

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UNC
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BU
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PR
2012
  Feature: 150th anniversary of the birth of the artist Helene Schjerfbeck

Description: The inner part of the coin shows a stylised self-portrait of the artist, with her name, “HELENE SCHJERFBECK”, and the years of birth and death, “1862-1946”, inscribed vertically to the left and right, respectively. At the bottom to the left of the portrait are the letters “FI” to denote the issuing country and “2012”, the year of issue. The mintmark is located on the edge of the coin’s inner part immediately below the dates of birth and death.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  2.000.000
   
 
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France
2007
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Traite de Rome 50 Ans
9.400.000
UNC
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BU
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PR
2008

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French Presidency of the European Union
France held the rotating presidency of the European Union from July till December 2008.
The coin shows 6 lines of text "2008 PRÉSIDENCE FRANÇAISE UNION EUROPÉENNE RF".
The mintmarks appear in the lower part of the coin and the twelve stars are on the outer ring.
Coin design: Philippe Starck.
20.064.000
UNC
20.000
BU
10.000
PR
2010

The appeal of General de Gaulle
After the defeat of France against the Germans, General de Gaulle addressed his compatriots from London by BBC-radio on 18 June 1940. He called for resistance against the oppressor. This call is generally considered the starting point of the French Resistance Movement.
The coin shows the head of General de Gaulle talking into a microphone, reading from his notes. The country designation RF is visible on the notepaper. At the top of the center part the date 2010 is flanked by the Pessac Mint Mark and the Mint Masters Mark (Hubert Larivière). The text "70 Years Appeal 18 June" in the upper right quadrant completes the coin.
20.000.000
UNC
20.000
BU
10.000
PR
2011

Fète de la Musique
In France the first Summer Solstice Music festival took place in 1982. Since then it has spread to many other countries. This coin commemorates the 30th birthday of the festival (in 1981). This festival brings amateur and professional musicians together. The concerts are free to the public.
The centre of the coin shows a group of singers and musicians with the inscription referring to the 30th anniversary and the event of 21 June 2011 above them. The acronym RF features at the bottom right side. The year 2011 flanked by the Mint mark and the (new) Mintmaster mark complete the picture. The rim contains the twelve european stars.
10.000.000
UNC
20.000
BU
10.000
PR
2012
  Feature: 100th anniversary of the birth of Abbé Pierre, famous in France as protector of the poor

Description: The inner part of the coin shows a portrait of Abbé Pierre wearing his well-known beret, positioned slightly off-centre to the left, and the logo of the foundation that bears his name to the right, including micro-lettering with the question “Et les autres?”, his favourite words to remind us that we should never forget to help others. The inscription “Centenaire de la naissance de l’abbé Pierre” forms an arch around the portrait long the edge of the coin’s inner part, flanked by the horn of plenty (mintmark of Monnaie de Paris) and the letters “RF” to denote the issuing country on the left and the “fleurette” (hallmark of the engraving workshop) on the right.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  1.000.000
   
2013
  Feature: 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin, initiator of the revival of the Olympic Games and first president of the International Olympic Committee

Description: The inner part of the coin shows a portrait of Pierre de Coubertin at a young age, set slightly off-centre to the right, with stylised Olympic rings in the background. They provide the framework for silhouettes symbolising the Olympic sports. To the left of the portrait, the letters “RF”, denoting the issuing country, are given above the year of issue “2013”. The name “PIERRE DE COUBERTIN” is inscribed along the top edge of the inner part of the coin.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  1.000.000
   
2013
  Feature: 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty

Description: The coin, which was designed by Yves Sampo (Monnaie de Paris), Stefanie Lindner (Berlin State Mint), Alina Hoyer (Berlin) and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer (Berlin), depicts stylised portraits of the signatories to the Élysée Treaty (Konrad Adenauer, then Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Charles de Gaulle, former President of the French Republic) above their respective signatures on either side of the words “50 ANS JAHRE” and the year “2013” in the centre. The words “TRAITÉ DE L’ÉLYSÉE” and “ÉLYSÉE-VERTRAG” are centred along the top and bottom edge, respectively, of the inner part of the coin. On the right-hand inner edge below the portrait of Adenauer, the inner part also features the “fleurette” (hallmark of the engraving workshop) and the letters “RF” to denote the issuing country, while the mint mark is located on the coin’s left-hand inner edge below the portrait of de Gaulle.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  10.000.000
   
 
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Germany
February 2006
A, D, F, G, J
Commemorative 2-Euro-Serie
With the Commemorative 2-Euro-Serie the Federal Republic of Germany wants to bring the federal structure of their country to the citizens of Europe. The issue of the coins is planned to take place in the order of the presidency in the Upper House of Parliament, beginning with Schleswig-Holstein in the year 2006.
Schleswig-Holstein: Holstentor Lübeck
The national side shows the Holstentor, which by its filigrane obtain forming out an aesthetic attraction, which corresponds with the outer ring. The description Schleswig Holstein links the shown building, the Holstentor, with the Land of the Federal Republic. On the outer ring the European stars, the year of issue are shown 2006 and "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND" as well as the mintmark of the respective embossing place.
The inner part of the coin shows a representation of the ‘Holstentor’, the landmark gate of the town of Lübeck. The word ‘Schleswig-Holstein’ appears underneath the gate at the bottom of the inner part. The engraver's initials ‘HH’ are depicted on the right hand side of the design. One of the letters ‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’ appears as the mintmark on the left hand side of the design. Twelve stars form a semicircle on the upper part of the outer ring, interrupted by the year of mintage ‘2006’ at the top of the coin. The words ‘Bundesrepublik Deutschland’ form a semicircle on the lower part of the outer ring.
Designed by Heinz Hoyer
30.000.000
UNC
???
BU
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PL
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???
BU
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???
PL
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2007
A, D, F, G, J
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Schweriner Schloss
The inner part of the coin shows a representation of the Schwerin Castle. The word 'Mecklenburg-Vorpommern' is inscribed underne th the castle and the engraver's initials 'HH' appear at the bottom of the inner part of the coin. One of the letters 'A', 'D', 'F', 'G' or 'J' appears as the mintmark above the design. Twelve stars form a semicircle on the upper part of the outer ring, interrupted by the year of mintage '2007' at the top of the coin. The words 'Bundesrepublik Deutschland' form a semi-circle on the lower part of the outer ring.
Designed by Heinz Hoyer
<30.000.000
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???
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???
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A, D, F, G, J
50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
30.000.000
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???
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???
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2008

A, D, F, G, J

Hamburg: St. Michaeliskirche
The coin depicts the baroque church of St. Michaelis, or “Michel” as it is popularly known. It is a symbol of the city and federal state of Hamburg, as the inscription below the image indicates. The year of issue, 2008, the 12 stars of the European Union and the words ‘BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND’ appear on the outer ring. The mintmark is shown in the upper right part of the coin (One of the letters A,D,F,G and J).
Of this issue an error coin exists with the "old european map". Estimated mintage 100.000.
Designed by Erich Ott
29.950.000
UNC
875.000
BU
810.630
PL
2009

A,D,F,G,J

Saarland
This 4th coin of the Länder series shows the Ludwigskirche in Saarbrücken.
The Land (=State) Saarland was created from pieces of Germany at the Peace Treaty of Versailles in 1920 . For the next 15 years it was governed by the Leage of Nations. The population chose to become German in 1935. After WWII the Federal Republic of Germany was created in 1949, but Saarland remained a French Protectorate. In 1957 it became German again according to the wish of its people. In Saarlands 18th century heyday the baroque Ludwigskirche was build and this remains a symbol for Saarland till today.
On the coin a frontal view of the church is depicted, as well as "Saarland". Note that the name "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" is positioned on the edge, like the previous commemoratives. In future Germany will place the stars in clock position on the edge and and will refer to the country with a letter D only on the edge. The year of emission will remain on the edge.
30.000.000
UNC
575.000
BU
500.630
PL
2010
A,D,F,G,J
Bremen, Rathaus & Roland
The 5th coin of the Länder series is dedicated to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. When this City gained its freedom from the Church in the beginning of the 15th century, the Roland Statue and its City Hall were erected as symbols of this independance.
The coin shows these two structures in its center. In the upper left the Mint Mark, and in the lower right the name "BREMEN" is visible. The elaborate designer mark (Bodo Broschat) is to be found under the base of the statue. The rim contains the 12 stars in clock position, with the date 2010 and a small letter D (for Deutschland) at around 12:30 hours.
30.200.000
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550.000
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500.000
PR
2011
A, D, F, G, J
North Rhine-Westphalia. Cathedral of Cologne
The sixth coin in the so-called Länder-series is dedicated to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the most populous, and economically most powerful State of Germany. The Cathedral of Cologne is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its building took from 1248 till 1880, with interruptions during wars, of course. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne.
The coin shows a full view of the cathedral and below it the name of the state. The Mint mark is in the upper right of the coin center. The designer initials (HH for Heinz Hoyer) are in the right center. The rim shows the twelve stars and the year at the bottom. The country code, a "D" is situated on the rim between the twelve and one o'clock stars. A picture of this Cathedral is also shown on the Vatican City 2005 commemorative coin "World Youth Days".
30.000.000
UNC
510.000
BU
510.000
PL
2012
  Feature: Federal state of Bavaria

Description:The inner part of the coin, designed by Erich Ott, depicts one of Bavaria’s most famous landmarks, Neuschwanstein Castle, viewed from the east, with the gatehouse in the foreground, the romantic towers and turrets of the castle itself, and the majestic mountains behind. Beneath is the name of the federal state “BAYERN”. To the right is the mintmark of the respective mint (A, D, F, G or J) and to the left are the initials of the designer.

The outer ring features the 12 stars of the European Union with a “D” at the top and “2012” at the bottom, denoting the country and year of issue respectively.

 
  30.000.000
   
2013
  Feature: 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty

Description: The coin, which was designed by Yves Sampo (Monnaie de Paris), Stefanie Lindner (Berlin State Mint), Alina Hoyer (Berlin) and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer (Berlin), depicts stylised portraits of the signatories to the Élysée Treaty (Konrad Adenauer, then Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Charles de Gaulle, former President of the French Republic) above their respective signatures on either side of the words “50 ANS JAHRE” and the year “2013” in the centre. The words “TRAITÉ DE L’ÉLYSÉE” and “ÉLYSÉE-VERTRAG” are centred along the top and bottom edge, respectively, of the inner part of the coin. On the right-hand inner edge below the portrait of Adenauer, the inner part also features the mint mark (“A”, “D”, “F”, “G” or “J”, depending on the mint concerned), as well as the letter “D” to denote the issuing country.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
   
   
 
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14 May 2004
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Olympic Games 2004 Athens
The new coin bears commemorative design on its national side, where, inside the perimeter defined by the twelve stars, is depicted the Discobole –the well known statue of the great Greek sculptor Myron, who lived in the 5th century B.C. The depiction was based on the roman bronze reproduction of the statue, which is displayed at the British Museum in London. On the same side, the Olympic circles, the ATHENS 2004 logo in English and the indication of the coins face value (“2 euro”) in Greek are also depicted.
The painter and engraver Panagiotis Gravvalos designed the depiction and the sculptor Konstantinos Kazakos made its plaster cast.
34.500.000
UNC
500.000
UNC
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2007
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TOR 50 XPONIA
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???
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???
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2010

2500 Years Battle of Marathon
When the Athenians in 490 B.C. smashed the Persian army in the Battle of Marathon this was a turning point in history. It was the start of the Golden Age of Classical Greece. And with this of the Western World. The legend of the runner who took the news of the victory to Athens is well known. This coin is dedicated to the memory of this important turning point in history.
The coin shows an ancient Greek warrior in armour, holding a spear and his shield. On the shield we see a bird, symbolising the birth of Western Civilization. At the 10 o'clock position the Mint Mark is visible, and a bit lower the designer mark (Giorgios Stamatopoulos) is visible in the hollow of the shield. Around the shield the text in Greek language reads: "Marathon 2500 years" and "Greek Democracy 490 B.C. 2010 A.D.".
2.500.000
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-
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-
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2011
XIIth Special Olympics World Games in Athens
From June 25 to July 4, the 13th Special Olympics World Games were held in Athens, Greece. Participants of these Games have a mental challenge. The Games of 2011 were attended by 7500 athletes from 182 countries.
The centre of the coin shows the emblem of the Games, a radiant sun, the source of life that underlines the excellence and power of the athlete that takes part in the Games. Excellence is depicted in the olive branch and power in the spiral form in the centre of the sun. Around the image is written the sign ‘XIII Special Olympics W.S.G. Athens 2011’ as well as the issuing country ELLINIKI DIMOKRATIA in Greek letters. The mintmark is also depicted in between. Notably, the 11th edition of these Games in Ireland occasioned the emission of beautiful 5€ and 10€ coins.
1.000.000
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5.000
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?
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25 March 2007
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2007
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15 December 2004
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Fifth decade of the World Food Programme
In the centre is the globe, tilted to the right and bearing the inscription ‘WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME’. An ear of wheat, an ear of maize and an ear of rice, the three grains representing the world's basic sources of nourishment, emerge from behind the globe. To the right of the globe is an ‘I’ superimposed on an ‘R’, denoting ‘Repubblica Italiana’, below which there appears a smaller combination of the letters U and P, the initials of the engraver, Uliana Pernazza. To the upper left of the globe is the mint mark ‘R’ and under the globe is the year – ‘2004’. The 12 stars of the European Union are positioned around the outer circle.
Designed by Uliana Pernazza
16.000.000
UNC
???
UNC
29 October 2005
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1st anniversary of the signing of the European Constitution
The inner part of the coin shows a representation of Europa and the bull. Europa holds a pen and the text of the European Constitution. To the upper left of the image is the mintmark R. The initials of the engraver Maria Carmela Colaneri MCC appear at the lower left. The year of mintage appears in the top right of the illustration above the head of the bull. In the lower part of the illustration there is the monogram of the Italian Republic, RI. The words COSTITUZIONE EUROPEA form a quasi-semicircle on the lower part of the outer ring. Twelve stars are depicted on the upper part of the outer ring.
Designed by Maria Carmela Colaner
18.450.000
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February 2006
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Olympic Games Turin
The foreground shows a skier racing, against a background of stylised graphic elements: the monogram of the Italian Republic ‘RI’ at the top left, below it the letter ‘R’ and an image of Turin's landmark Mole Antonelliana building with the inscription ‘TORINO’ below; the words ‘GIOCHI INVERNALI’ at the top right; to the right of the skier, the year of issue, 2006, written vertically, and the initials of the designer, Maria Carmela Colaneri, MCC. The twelve stars of the European Union encircle the design.
Designed by Maria Carmela Colaneri
40.000.000
UNC
2007
-
Pactvm Romanvm
5.000.000
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???
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???
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2008

60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The inner part of the coin depicts a man and a woman with an olive branch, an ear of corn, a cogwheel and some barbed wire, symbols representing the right to peace, food, work and freedom respectively, along with the links of a chain broken to form the figure ‘60o’. In the centre of the coin are the initials of the issuing country ‘RI’; to the left the year 2008; to the right the initials ‘MCC’ of the artist Maria Carmela Colaneri and the mint mark ‘R’; at the bottom, a cartouche with the inscription ‘DIRITTI UMANI’. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
2.500.000
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None
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None
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2009

Braille
Celebration of the 200th birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the well-known Braille type for the blind.
Belgium also chose this theme for their 2009 commemorative coin.
The coin shows a hand reading a book. The name Louis Braille appears in Latin and in Braille script on the coin. The initial design showed a mistake in the last name resulting in "Bralbe". This mistake was corrected, and as far as known no faulty coins were emitted.
1.985.000
UNC

15.000(in blister)
BU
none
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2010

Cavour
Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, who lived 1810-1861, was the architect of the modern State of Italy. He united a number of small states into the Kingdom of Italy and crafted its Constitution. This coin commemorates his 200th day of birth.
On the coin we see a portrait of Cavour and on the left his name and the Italian country designation RI. On the right we see from top to bottom the Mint Mark of Rome, the dates 1810 and 2010 and finally the designer mark (Claudia Momoni).
3.941.000
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44.000
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5.000
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2011

150th Birthday of the Nation State Italy
What is now Italy consisted of many separate sovereign entities. There existed however a major popular movement for the unification of this whole territory. Cavour, who was depicted on the 2€ commemorative coin of 2010, was the driving force behind this unification. On March 17, 1861, the Parliament proclaimed Victor Emmanuel II King of Italy, and on March 27, 1861 Rome was declared Capital of Italy, Three months later Cavour, having seen his life's work nearly complete, died. When he was given the last rites, Cavour is has supposedly said: "Italy is made. All is safe."
The inner part of the coin shows, at the centre, three Italian flags in the wind, representing the three past 50th anniversaries — 1911, 1961 and 2011. This is the logo of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. At the top, the inscription ‘150o DELL’UNITA’ D’ITALIA’ (150th anniversary of the unification of Italy); at the right, the initials of the issuing country ‘RI’ (Republic of Italy); at the bottom, the dates 1861>2011>>. Under the dates, at the centre, the mintmark ‘R’ and at the right, the initials of the artist Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini ‘ELF INC.’ The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
4.000.000
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60.000
BU
5.500
PR
2012
  Feature: 100th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Pascoli

Description: The inner part of the coin features a portrait of Giovanni Pascoli, a poet from the Romagna region who is a prominent representative of late 19th century Italian literature. The portrait is flanked by the poet’s year of death “1912”, the mintmark “R” and the letters “M.C.C.”, the initials of the designer Maria Carmela Colaneri, on the left and by the year of issue “2012”’ immediately above the monogram of the Italian Republic “RI” on the right. The inscription “G. PASCOLI” forms an arch along the bottom edge of the coin’s inner part below the portrait.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

15.000.000
 
 
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26 July 2004
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Effigy and monogram of Grand-Duke Henri
The portrait of its Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, and his monogram "H" with on top the grand-ducal crown. The portrait and the monogram are surrounded of circular inscription "Henri - grand-duke of Luxembourg", as well as mention of l'État transmitting "Lëtzebuerg" and year "2004".
Designed by Yvette Gastauer-Claire
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10.000
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Click to Enlarge
40.000
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Euro Coin Set
15 february 2005
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50th anniversary of the G-D Henri, 5th anniversary of his accession to the throne &
100 years of the death of the G-D Adolphe

The coin depicts on the left-hand side of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, looking to the right, and superimposed on the effigy of the former Grand Duke Adolphe on the right-hand side of the inner part. Above the effigies appears, in semicircular form, the legend ‘GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG’. The text ‘HENRI * 1955 ADOLPHE + 1905’ is inscribed below their respective effigies. On the outer ring of the coin, the 12 stars surrounding the design are placed between the letters of the text ‘LËTZEBUERG’. The date 2005 is inscribed below, flanked by the logo of the Mint and the letter ‘S’.
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10.000
BU
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February 2006
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25th birthday of the heir to the throne, The Grand-Duke Guillaume
The coin depicts on the left-hand side of the inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, The Grand-Duke Henri looking to the right, superimposed on the effigy of the hereditary Grand-Duke Guillaume, on the right-hand side of the inner part. The date 2006 appears below both effigies, flanked by the letter ‘S’ and the logo of the Mint. The word ‘LËTZEBUERG’ appears above the effigies along the upper edge of the inner part of the coin. The 12 stars surround the design on the outer ring of the coin
Designed by
1.052.000
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15.000
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Click to Enlarge

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2007
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The Grand-Ducal Palace
The coin depicts on the right hand of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the left and superimposed on the picture of the grand-ducal Palace on the left hand side of the inner part. The date 2007 is inscribed on the left side of the inner part, with the engraver's mark above and the mint mark below. The text ‘LËTZEBUERG’ appears under the design on the inner part of the coin. The twelve stars of the European flag surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.
1.100.000
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30.000
BU
2.000
PL
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50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
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45.000
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2.000
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2008

Castle Berg in Colmar-Berg
The Grand-Duke Henri and the official residence ‘Château de Berg’ Factual description of the design: The inner part of the coin shows, on the left-hand side in the foreground, the effigy of His Royal Highness the Grand-Duke Henri looking to the right and, on the right-hand side in the background, the picture of the ‘Château de Berg’. The date 2008, flanked by the Mint mark (Monnaie de Paris) and the mark of the Mint director (Hubert de Larivière), is inscribed on the top. The name of the issuing country ‘LËTZEBUERG’ appears at the bottom of the design. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European Flag.
1.300.000
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15.000
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2.000
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2009

Grand Duchess Charlotte
Celebration of the ascension to the throne of Grand Duchess Charlotte in 1919.
Due to revolutionary activities in the country the erstwhile Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Marie-Adélaïde had to abdicate in 1919. In that year a new constitution was enforced in which the Grand Duke lost much of his power. Grand Duches Charlotte nonetheless accepted the throne and stayed there till 1964. After that her son, Prince Jean became Grand Duke and reigned till 2000. Charlotte died in 1985.
The coin shows her portrait in sideface alongside that of the current Grand Duke Henri, her grandson, both looking to the left. The coin was struck in the Netherlands by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt.
800.000
UNC
22.500(in coinset)
10.000 (in coincard)
BU
2.500
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2010

Henri and Coat of Arms
This year's commemorative coin of Luxembourg depicts the personal Coat of Arms of Grand Duke Henri I of Luxembourg.
On the left of the coin a portrait of the Grand Duke is visible. The Coat of Arms is on the right side and consist of four quadrants, of which the upper left and lower right contain the double tailed lions of Luxembourg proper, while the other lions are of Nassau origin. He adopted this Coat of Arms in 2001. The date 2010 is visible in the upper part and is flanked on the right by the Mint Mark of Utrecht and the Mint Masters Mark (Maarten Brouwer). The name of the country "LËTZEBUERG" is positioned at the lower part. The date, the Mint Mark and the country name all extend into the rim of the coin.
500.000
UNC
25.000
BU
1.500
PR
2011

50th anniversary of the appointment by the Grand-Duchess Charlotte of her son Jean as "lieutenant-représentant".
Grand Duke Jean, son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Felix of Bourbon, Prince of Parma, was appointed "lieutenant-représentant" on May 4th, 1961, and on November 12th, 1964, he officially succeeded his mother. In his turn Jean appointed his son Henri as "lieutenant-représentant" in 1999 and was succeeded by him in 2000.
The coin depicts on the right hand of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the left, and superimposed on the effigies of the Grand-Duke Jean and the Grand-Duchess Charlotte. The text ‘LËTZEBUERG’ is depicted above the three effigies. The year-date ‘2011’, flanked by the mintmark and the Mintmaster mark, appears above. The names of the Royal Highnesses are visible below their effigies. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
700.000
UNC
25.000
BU
1.500
PR
2012
  Feature: Wedding of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand-Duke, with Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

Description: The coin depicts, to the left of its inner part, the effigy of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri, with the effigy of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, superimposed on that of Countess Stéphanie to the right. The words “PRËNZENHOCHZAÏT” and “LËTZEBUERG” appear above the year “2012” at the bottom of the inner part of the coin, flanked by the mint mark and the mint master’s initials.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  1.4000.000
   
2013
  Feature: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duke Guillaume IV – “grand-ducal dynasty” series

Description: The coin depicts, to the left of its inner part, the head of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri in front of that of his great-grandfather, the Grand Duke Guillaume IV, both looking to the right, with their names “HENRI” and “GUILLAUME IV † 1912” below. Above are the year “2012”, flanked to the left and right by the mintmark (Mercury’s wand) and the mintmaster mark (a sailing boat), and the words “GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG”. The city of Luxembourg appears in the background.

The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the coin’s outer ring.

 
  1.400.000
   
 
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First elected representatives of 1849
This first coin of a series of five dedicated to constitutional events of Malta, commemorates that in 1849 for the first time eight indigenous Members of Parliament were chosen. At that time Malta was still a British Crown Colony.
The coin shows a hand putting a vote into a ballot box. In a semicircle the text: "MALTA-First elected representatives". At the bottom the year 2011. There ar no mintmarks or designer initials. The rim is occupied by the twelve stars. The date of emission is in October 2011.
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30.000
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2012   Feature: Majority representation 1887

Description: The design of the inner part of the coin, which was created by the Maltese artist Gianni Bonnici, shows a jubilant crowd against the background of the Governor’s Palace in Valletta. The words “MALTA – Majority representation 1887” are inscribed along the upper edge of the coin’s inner part, while the year of issue, “2012”, is given at the bottom.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  430.000
   

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Prinses Gracia
On the inner part of the coin there is an effigy of Princess Grace in profile facing to the left. ‘MONACO’, followed by the mint mark, the year ‘2007’ and the engraver's mark, is engraved in an arc in the bottom right of the inner part. The name of the artist (R.B.BARON) is engraved under the Princess's hair. The coin's outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
20.001
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2011

Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco with Charlene Wittstock
On 1 and 2 July 2011 the marriage of His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II and the South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock took place. To commemorate this fact a 2€ coin was emitted on July 4.
The coin shows at the center, the effigies of Prince Albert and Charlene. At the bottom, the name of the issuing country "MONACO" and the year of issuance "2011". The mint mark and the mint engravers mark appear before and after "MONACO 2011", respectively. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag.
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68.820
BU
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2012
  Feature: 500th anniversary of the establishment of Monaco’s sovereignty by Lucien I Grimaldi

Description: The inner part of the coin shows a portrait of Lucien I Grimaldi, in profile, facing to the left. The inscription “1512 SOUVERAINETE DE MONACO 2012” forms an arch around the portrait along the outer edge of the inner part of the coin, flanked by two ornamental diamonds, as well as by the horn of plenty (mintmark of Monnaie de Paris) and the “fleurette” (hallmark of the engraving workshop) to the left and right, respectively, at the bottom of the portrait. The founder’s name, “Lucien Ier”, is given above the mintmark.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  100.000
   

 
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2007
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Verdrag van Rome 50 jaar
6.333.000
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15.000
BU
10.000
PR
The Netherlands: Amendment of law
Because it has been prescribed for the national side of the Dutch euro coins have the image of the queen and the text Koningin der Nederlanden (Queen of the Netherlands) for participation, an amendment to the law necessary. The ministry of finance prepares an amendment to the law.
2011

500 Years "Laus Stultitiae" by Erasmus of Rotterdam
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1466–1536), known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and a theologian. "In Praise of Folly" is probably his most influential book. It appeared in print in 1511, and was almost immediately popular. It criticises Christianity of those days in a satirical manner and eventually led to the Reformation. Erasmus himself stayed true to Roman Catholicism, although he loathed the decadence of that religion.
The coin's center shows Erasmus writing his book as well as the effigy of Queen Beatrix. Between these two images, the inscription "Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden"(Beatrix Queen of the Netherlands) vertically positioned, the year ‘2011’, the Mint master mark and the mintmark.
4.000.000
UNC
20.000
BU
7.000
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Portugal
2007
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Tratado de Roma 50 anos
2.000.000
UNC
15.000
BU
5.000
PR
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Portuguese Presidency of the European Union
The inner part of the coin shows a cork oak (Quercus Suber). Under the branches, on the left hand side, the Portuguese coat of arms; on the right hand side, the word ‘PORTUGAL’ written on three lines. The legend ‘2007 PRESIDÊNCIA DO CONSELHO DA UE’ is inscribed in a semicircle along the bottom of the inner part, with the artist signature (I Vilar) on the left and the mintmark (INCM) near the Coat of Arms. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
2.000.000
UNC
15.000
BU
10.000
PR
2008

60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The coin shows 30 pages, symbolizing the 30 articles of the Decleration. At the top of the inner circle the Portugese coat of arms, the country name, the year of issue, the Mint mark (INCM) and the name of the designer (J. Duarte) are visible.
In the bottom circumference the inscription is "60 ANOS DA DECLARAÇÃO UNIVERSAL DOS DIREITOS HUMANOS". The 12 stars are on the outer rim.
1.000.000
UNC
15.000
BU
5.000
PR
2009
Second Lusophonic Games
Celebration of the the second Lusophonic Games.
The Lusophonic Games (Jogos da Lusofonia) are the games for Portuguese speaking countries. The first Games were held in Macau in 2006. This coin appears on the occasion of the second Lusophonic Games which were held in Lisbon, Portugal from 11-19 July 2009. Around 1300 athletes from 11 countries took part. The majority of medals (85%) were won by Brazilian and Portuguese athletes. The next Lusophonic Games will be in Goa in 2013.
The coin shows a person performing a ribbon dance. The text "2os Jogos da Lusofonia Lisboa" appears at the lower inner circle and the Portuguese Coat of Arms at the top. Note the concentric circles in the outer rim!
1.250.000
UNC
15.000
BU
10.000
PL
2010
100 Years Republic of Portugal
The once powerful Kingdom of Portugal had gradually fallen into insignifigence, when a revolution threw out the monarchs and established a Republic in 1910. This Republic however proved unsuccesfull and was overthrown by a dictatorship in 1926, that lasted till 1974 when the Republic was reinstated. Since then Portugal has seen considerable modernisation. This coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the original Republic.
On the coin we see the effigy of a woman, symbol of the Republic, in front of the Portugese Coat of Arms. On the right we see the semicircular text "Portugese Republic 1910-2010". On the left bordering the woman's hair the Mint Mark of Lisbon is visible as well as the designers name (Jose Cândido).
2.000.000
UNC
52.500
BNC+FDC
19.500
PR
2011

ICA-FB

500th Birthday of the explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto
The coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto, the Portuguese explorer of the Asian seas and countries. "Peregrinação" (Pilgrimage), his book on discoveries and adventures was published posthumously.
The center of the coin depicts a sailing ship on high sea. The waves are formed from names of the places of his pilgrimage. The inscription "PORTUGAL" appears underneath. His name combined with the years 1511 and 2011 appear on top of the inner part. The Mintmark INCM appears to the left and the designers initials ICA and FB to the right of the country name. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag. The coin will be emitted in September 2011.
500.000
UNC
10.000
BU
10.000
PR
2012
  Feature: European Capital of Culture 2012, the city of Guimarães in northern Portugal

Description: : The inner part of the coin depicts a stylised image of Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, together with his sword and the Castle of Guimarães, which is regarded as the birthplace of Portugal as an independent nation in the 12th century. To the left of the image is the Portuguese shield above the word “PORTUGAL”. To the lower right is the inscription “GUIMARÃES 2012” with the logo of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. Along the lower edge of the inner part are the mintmark “INCM” and the name of the designer, “JOSÉ DE GUIMARÃES”.

The outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  520.000
   
 
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16 December 2004
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Bartolomeo Borghese (historian, numismatist)
Bartolomeo Borghesi was born in Savignano sul Rubicone (Forlì, Italy) on July 11, 1781. He studied in Ravenna, then in Bologna, and in 1801 he went to Rome to study law. Famous epigraphist, great expert of numismatics, he achieved European renown in that field establishing the scientific laws of numismatics. He was a member of many Academies in Europe including the famous Lincei Academy, but the most explicit sign of the universal admiration for Borghesi was seen soon after his death, when the emperor Napoleon III began the noble undertaking of collecting and publishing his works. In 1821 Borghesi moved to the Republic of San Marino and begun publishing the seventeen decades of his Numismatic Observations, one hundred and seventy articles about the coinage of the Roman republic, a series of studies, analyses, critiques and dissertations that are still of interest today to numismatic scholars. In 1838 he was issued an invitation to represent the Republic of San Marino at the coronation of the Emperor of Austria in Milan. He died on April 16, 1860 in the Republic of San Marino and was interred in the Basilica of the Saint opposite the monument to Antonio Onofri.
Designed by Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini
110.000
FDC
Blister
October 2005
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World Year of Physics
On the inner part of the coin is a free interpretation of the allegorical painting known as ‘la fisica antica’ or the study of the planets, depicting Galileo Galilei. The year of mintage appears in the illustration on a desk underneath a globe. To the left of the image is the mintmark ‘R’. The engraver's initials ‘LDS’ appear on the right hand side. The word ‘San Marino’ forms a quasi-semicircle along the upper edge of the inner part, while the words ‘ANNO MONDIALE DELLA FISICA’ run along the lower edge of the inner part. The twelve stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring. Between the stars appear parts of a stylised atom which covers the entire coin.
Designed by Luciana De Simoni
130.000
FDC
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17 October 2006
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500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus death
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ death, the Republic of San Marino will issue a 2 euro coin. The foreground shows the portrait of Christopher Columbus and, on his side, there is the image of the three caravels that ripple the waves. The coin is completed by the wind rose and the dates 1506-2006 in a cartouche. The twelve stars of the European Union form a circle.
Designed by Luciana De Simoni
120.000
FDC
2007
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Bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi
The inner circle of the coin features a portrait of Giuseppe Garibaldi. The inscription ‘SAN MARINO’ and the year mark ‘2007’ are engraved along the circle on the left and right hand sides respectively. The mint mark ‘R’ and the initials of the author Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini ‘E.L.F.’ appear on the left hand side of the inner circle. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
130.000
FDC
2008

European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
The inner part of the coin represents the different cultures of the five regions within the European continent, symbolised by five human silhouettes and the sacred texts of the different communities. Arched inscriptions complete the design: at the top, ‘SAN MARINO’, above the year ‘2008’; and at the bottom, ‘ANNO EUROPEO DEL DIALOGO INTERCULTURALE’ and the initials ‘E.L.F.’ of the artist, Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini; to the left, the mint mark ‘R’. The coin's outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European flag.
130.000
FDC
2009

Year Creativity and Innovation
The EU Commission has declared 2009 "The European Year of Creativity and Innovation". The goal was to emphasize the importance of creativity and innovation in de development of individuals and the community.
On the coin we can see a variety of objects associated with this theme, an ear of wheat, a book, a caliper and laboratory vessels. In addidition at the top the text "Creativitá Innovazione"is displayed.
none
UNC
130.000 (in blister)
BU
none
PL
2010

Botticelli
The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) was famous even in his time. One of his most famous works is "La Primavera", The Spring. This coin commemorates his 500th year of death.
The coin shows a detail of La Primavera, a woman's face symbolising Pleasure. On the upper part the date 2010 is visible, the name of the country is situated on the periphery left, as well as the Mint Mark of Rome. On the right the designer's mark (Roberto Mauri) is visible.
130.000
FDC
2011

500th Birthday of Giorgio Vasari
Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was an Italian painter, writer, historian and architect. Apart from his paintings his historical writings about art and artists are famous even today.
The coin shows a scene of his famous painting "Judith and Holofernes", a tale from the Bible. When the Assyrian commander Holofernes besieged her city, he was struck by the beauty of Judith and wanted to sleep with her. She agreed, but when he was sleepy with wine beheaded him and took his head away. This horrible scene is flanked on the left by the inscription "G. VASARI" on the right by the country name and below by the years 1511-2011. In the left upper corner the Mintmark is visible and to the right the designer initials. The rim shows the 12 European stars.
130.000
FDC
2012
  Feature: Ten years of euro banknotes and coins

Description:: The inner part of the coin, designed by Helmut Andexlinger of the Austrian Mint and chosen by citizens and residents of the euro area to be the common commemorative coin for 2012, features the world in the form of a euro symbol in the centre, showing how the euro has become a true global player over the last ten years. The surrounding elements symbolise the importance of the euro to ordinary people (represented by a family group), to the financial world (the Eurotower), to trade (a ship), to industry (a factory), and to the energy sector and research and development (two wind turbines). The designer’s initials, “A.H.”, can be found (if you look very carefully) between the ship and the Eurotower. Along the upper and lower edges of the inner part of the coin are, respectively, the country of issue and the years “2002 – 2012”. The coin will be issued by all euro area countries.

The outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
   
   
 
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25 March 2007
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Non euro 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome coin
???
UNC
2009

Freedom
Celebration of the twentieth year of freedom, the Gentle Revolution.
The 17 November 1989 protests against the communist single party-system of Czechoslovakia led to the establishment of a federative state of Czechoslovakia with a multiparty democratic system. Since this revolution took place without bloodshed it is called the "Gentle" (also sometimes "Velvet") Revolution. In 1993 the federal state of Czechoslovakia was dissolved into Slovakia and the Czech Republic (also called the "Velvet Divorce"). Slovakia adopted the euro in 2009. In its first euro-year Slovakia issued two commemorative coins, this coin and the EMU commemorative coin.
The coin shows a Liberty Bell and the text "17 November Sloboda Demokracia 1989-2009" in the center part.
1.000.000
UNC
none
BU
none
PL
2011

20 Years Visegrád Group
The Visegrád Group consists of the countries of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Group decided to cooperate in 1991, and to strive for admission to the EU, which materialised in 2004. All four have a history of being a Soviet satellite states. The group as a whole is a sizable economy and is an important part of the EU.
The coin shows the countries' outlines with the logo "V IV" (The Visegrád Four) on top. This picture is surrounded by a circular text: "VYSEGRADSKA SKUPINA-VISEGRAD GROUP 15.2.1991". To the bottom left is visible the year 2011 and to the bottom right the country name SLOVENSKO and the mintmark as well as the designers initials. The rim contains the twelve European stars.
981.000
UNC
19.000
Coincard UNC
--
PR
2013
  Feature: 1150th anniversary of the advent of the mission of Constantine and Methodius to Great Moravia

Description: The inner part of the coin features the Thessalonian brothers Constantine and Methodius on either side of the symbolic double cross standing on three hills. The cross is moreover held like a Bishop’s crozier, thereby bringing together the symbols of statehood and Christianity, and emphasising the significance of the brothers’ mission, which helped ensure the full sovereignty and legitimacy of Great Moravia — the first Slav state in central Europe. The figure of Constantine is holding a book that represents education and faith, while Methodius is shown with a church to symbolise faith and institutional Christianity. Inscribed along the bottom edge of the inner part of the coin is the name of the issuing country, “SLOVENSKO”, as well as the years “863” and “2013”, all separated by a dash. Along the upper edge of the inner part are the names “KONŠTANTÍN” and “METOD”. Inscribed immediately to the left of the brothers are the stylised letters “mh” (the initials of the designer, Miroslav Hric), while the mint mark of Kremnica Mint (composed of the letters “MK” between two dies) is shown immediately to their right.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  1.000.000
   
 
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2007
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Rimska pogodba 50 let
400.000
UNC
2008
none
500th Birthday of Primož Trubar
The inner part of the coin features an effigy of Primož Trubar in left profile. On the left, in two semi-circles, the inscriptions ‘PRIMOŽ TRUBAR’ and ‘1508-1586’. Towards the bottom on the right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘SLOVENIJA 2008’. The coin's outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European flag.
950.000
UNC
10.000
Coincard UNC
40.000
PR
2010
none Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of Ljubljana was founded in 1810 by Franc Hladnik, a local teacher. This coin was issued to commemorate this event.
The coin shows the flowers of the Hladnikia Pastinacifolia, a rare plant that is endemic in Slovenia, and is in a way a living fossil, since of its genus only this species remains. It is a leftover from the Tertiary geological period. In a circular band around the flower the text: "Slovenia 2010" and "200 years Botanical Garden Ljubljana" can be read. The name of the plant "Hladnikia Pastinacifolia" shows in the left below the picture. There are no other marks on this coin, that was struck in Finland by Rahapaja Oy.
910.000
UNC
70.000
Coincard BU
20.000
PR
2011
none
100th Birthday of Franc Rozman
Franc Rozman, nicknamed Stane (1911–1944), was a Slovenian Yugoslav partisan commander in World War II. In Slovenia he is considered a national hero. He died while testing new mortars.
The center of the coin shows at the left side his effigy with a fivepointed star and at the right side his name, the name of the country, his year of birth and death and the year of emission, 2011. The rim contains the twelve European stars.
971.000
UNC
15.000
Coincard UNC
14.000
PR
2013
  Feature: 800th anniversary of visits to Postojna Cave

Description: The central image of the coin is a stylised spiral that starts, on the left-hand side of the inner part, with inscription “POSTOJNSKA JAMA • 1213 - 2013 • SLOVENIJA” and ends with two stylised speleothems.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  1.000.000
   
 
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1 July 2005
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4th century of the first edition of "The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha"
The inner part of the coin depicts an image of ‘El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha’, who appears holding a lance, and windmills in the background. To the left, there is a marked sector in which the word ‘ESPAÑA’ appears incused, and underneath this sector the MINT mark ‘M’. On the outer ring of the coin, the twelve stars of the European Union are depicted, with, on the right, four of them (corresponding to the positions 1, 2, 3 and 4 on a clock) incused within an arc. The year of mintage appears at the bottom among three stars.
Designed by Begoña Castellanos Garcia
8.000.000
UNC
75.000
BU
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30.000
BU
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Blister with 12 euro
30.000
BU
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Blister with stamps
2007
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Tratado de Roma 50 anos
8.000.000
UNC
60.000
BU
???
PR
2010
Mosque-cathedral and historical centre of Córdoba
This coin is the first of many in a series of Spanish World Heritage monuments and is dedicated to the Great Mosque-Cathedral and the historic centre of Córdoba.
The coin shows the pillars of the Great Mosque that was transformed into a cathedral after the reconquest of islamic Spain. The lower part shows the country name and the date 2010. On the left the Mint Mark of Madrid is shown.
7.928.000
UNC
67.000
Coincard BU
5.000
PR
2011
World heritage; Court of the Lions of the Alhambra in Granada
The Court of the Lions in the Alhambra is part of this magnificent palace and castle complex. It was built during the Moorish period, and has many fine examples of Moorish art. The court measures 35 by 20 metres and has a fountain cearried by 12 lions. The Alhambra was declared a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site in 1984. This coin is the second in the Spanish World Heritage series.
In the center of the coin the fountain and part of the colonnades are visible. At the bottom the name of the country and the year are written, and at the top left the Mintmark. The rim has the twelve stars of the EU.
7.932.000
UNC
68.000
BU
15.000
PR
2012
  Feature: Burgos Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage series

Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the Cathedral of Our Lady of Burgos, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is famous for its vast size and unique architecture. Construction of the cathedral began in 1221 and it was already in use as a place of worship nine years later, although work continued off and on until 1567. It was primarily built in the French Gothic style, but Renaissance features were added in the 15th and 16th centuries. The name of the country of issue, “ESPAÑA”, and the year “2012” appear to the left and right above the image. The mintmark (M with a crown) appears to the right.

The outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
 
8.000.000
   
2013
  Feature: Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial – UNESCO World Heritage series

Description: The inner part of the coin shows a view of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Along the upper edge, in upper case letters, runs the name of the issuing country “ESPAÑA”, with the year of issuance “2013” above the mint mark to the right.

The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
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16 December 2004
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75° anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican City State
On the right you see the stilizzata plant of the Vatican City, in which the basilica of Saint Peter and the public square is characterized. The citadel that we see today is been created to defend tomba of S. Peter, with the overhanging Basilica, delimited from the town-walls of Mura Leonine and from the columns of Bernini. Is declared by UNESCO as "patrimonio artistic dell'umanità". The Vatican City State, located in the city of Rome, is founded 11 February 1929.
Sculpture by Guido Veroi and carved by Luciana De Simoni
85.000
FDC
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December 2005
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20 years world youth day (Cologne)
The inner part of the coin shows a representation of the Cathedral of Cologne with a comet in the upper part of the design. The words ‘XX GIORNATA MONDIALE DELLA GIOVENTU'’ form a quasi-semicircle along the upper edge of the inner part, interrupted by the tail of the comet and one of the church spires. Twelve stars in a quasi-semicircle appear on the upper part of the outer ring. At the top, within the outer ring, the year of mintage (2005) and the mintmark ‘R’ are inserted between the stars. On the lower part of the outer ring the words ‘CITTA' DEL VATICANO’ form a semicircle.
100.000
FDC
Blister
15.000
FDC
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November

2006

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5th Centenary of the Swiss Pontifical Guard
The coin features a Swiss guard taking the solemn oath on the Swiss Guard flag. The inscription ‘GUARDIA SVIZZERA PONTIFICIA’ surrounds the guard, forming a semi-circle which is complemented under the flag by the name of the issuing state ‘CITTÁ DEL VATICANO’. The year 1506 appears on the left side, above the signature of the engraver ‘O. ROSSI’ along the pole of the flag. The year 2006 appears on the upper right side, above the mint mark ‘R’. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
100.000
FDC
2007
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80th birthday of His Holiness Benedictus XVI
The inner part of the coin features a bust of His Holiness Benedictus XVI in profile facing to the left. The legend ‘BENEDICTI XVI P.M. AETATIS ANNO LXXX CITTA' DEL VATICANO’ is engraved around the portrait. On the left hand side, the mintmark ‘R’, the issuing year ‘2007’ and the initials of the engraver ‘M.C.C. INC.’. On the right hand side, the author's name ‘LONGO’. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
100.000
FDC
2008

Year of Paulus Dicatus
The coin shows in its center part Saul of Tharsus (Saint Paul the Apostle) on horseback, with in the background the City of Damascus. To the left and to the right appear the inscriptions "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO" and "ANNO SANCTO PAULO DICATO". The year mark 2008, the mint mark R (Rome) and the name of the designer (Veroi), are to the right of the apostle, while the initials of the engraver (LDS INC for Luciana de Simoni) are at the bottom.The coin's outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European flag.
6.084
UNC
85.000
Coincard
UNC
15.000
PR
2009

The Year of Astronomy
The year 2009 was declared "International Year of Astronomy" by the UN on the initiative of the International Astronomical Union.
It was 400 years ago that Galileo Galilei made his first astronomical observations by telescope. In that same year Johannes Kepler published his book on planetary motions. As is well known the Catholic Church had problems with this heliocentric perspective and banned Galileo eventually from public space. In 1992 Pope John Paul II offered his apologies for this misjudgment and now the Vatican commemorates him and other astronomers with a coin.
The coin shows a bearded man pointing at several orbs. He is surrounded by astronomical instruments, naïve pictures of sun, moon and stars and a text "Anno Internazionale dell'Astronomia".
none
UNC
91.084 (in blister)
15.000 (as Numisletter)
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none
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2010

Year for Priests
The Year for Priests that ran from June 19, 2009 to June 11, 2010, was organised by the Vatican to boost the morale among Roman Catholic Priests. It was associated with the 150th day of birth of St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianny, the so-called Curé of Ars, who was an ascetic and performed miracles.
The coin shows a shepherd, presumably a priest, saving a lamb, presumably a member of the flock, from the mouth of a lion. It is believed that this picture was inspired by the Bible-verse Amos 3:12. Around the picture we see at the bottom the Mint Mark of Rome, to the left the date 2010 and to the right the designer mark ( Guido Veroi) and the engraver mark (Ettore Lorenzo Frappicini). In a circle around the figure we see the text "Year for Priests" and the country designation "Vatican City".
None
UNC

115.000
Coincard UNC

None
PR
2011

World Youth Days in Madrid, Spain
This year the Catholic fest of World Youth Days will be held in Madrid, Spain. It will be the 26th World Youth Days. The Days attract hundreds of thousands youths from virtually every country in the world. Patron Saint of the World Youth Days is Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II, who started the event, is co-patron after his beatification. In 2005 the vatican also chose this event, then in Cologne, Germany, for their commemorative coin.
The coin shows in its center three youths carrying flags. Around the perimeter of the center there is a circular text: CITTA' DEL VATICANO XXVI G.M.G.(Giornata Mondiale della Gioventu). The mint mark and the year are situated on the left side. The rim contains the 12 European stars. Emission is expected late October.
6.000
UNC

109.000
Coincard UNC

None
PR
2012
  Feature: Seventh World Meeting of Families

Description:The inner part of the coin features a family, with the Cathedral of Milan, the host city of the Seventh World Meeting of Families, in the background. The event is held every three years to highlight the family as a common human heritage, reflecting the fact that the family is universal and that it contributes to the human element of life everywhere in the world. Inscribed around the family scene are the names of the event and of the Vatican City in Italian and the year “2012”. The mintmark “R” appears between the boy and his mother.

The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

 
  115.000
   

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