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Circulation coin Andorra 2014

Description:
Andorra signed a Monetary Agreement with the European Union on 30 June 2011. As a result, Andorra can use the euro as its official currency and issue its own euro coins. All the coins feature the 12 stars of the European flag. The €2 coin shows the coat of arms of Andorra with the motto "virtus unita fortior" (virtue united is stronger). Edge-lettering of the €2 coin: 2 **, repeated six times.

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Circulation coins Belgium

Description:
Belgium's euro coins were designed by Jan Alfons Keustermans, Director of the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts of Turnhout. There are three series of coins in circulation. All are valid.

The first series depicts King Albert II in the inner part of the coin, while the royal monogram - a capital "A" underneath a crown - among 12 stars, symbolising Europe, as well as the year of issuance appear in the outer part.

In 2008, Belgium slightly modified the design in order to comply with the European Commission's guidelines. The coins of the second series also show King Albert II, but the royal monogram and the year of issuance now appear in the inner part of the coin, as do the mint marks and the country code for Belgium, "BE".

The 2008 portrait did not comply with previous decisions by the ECOFIN in 2005 and 2008. Therefore, an amendment was made, which reverted to the portrait of Albert II found in the 2002 series. Mint marks, year and stars remain the same. Some collectors consider this as a third series but since unlike all series it was not published in the official journal of the European Union, it is actually an amendment and not a new series.

In 2014, Belgium introduced the third series of euro coins, which show King Philippe, his royal monogram "FP" and the country code for Belgium, "BE". The mint marks appear on either side of the year of issuance.

Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Germany 2002

Description:
German officials and experts in numismatics chose three different designs for their euro coins. €1 and €2 coins: the traditional symbol of German sovereignty, the eagle, surrounded by the stars of Europe, appears on these coins. This motif was designed by Heinz and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT (unity, justice and freedom) and the emblem of the Federal Eagle.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Estonia 2011

Description:
The design for the national side of Estonia’s coins is the same for all denominations. It features a geographical image of Estonia and the word "Eesti", which means "Estonia".
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Finland 1999

Description:
Finland chose three designs based upon motifs similar to those used before on national coins. The motif on this coin comprises cloudberries and cloudberry flowers in a design by Raimo Heino. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: SUOMI FINLAND ***, where the * represents a lion's head.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin France 1999

Description:
Over 1,200 designs were considered for the national side of the French coins. A panel chaired by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance chose three designs, each for certain specific denominations.

The panel consisted of experts in numismatics, artists, a former Member of the European Commission (Christine Scrivener), Members of Parliament, the French Mint Director Emmanuel Constans, the General Engraver Pierre Rodier and the actress Irène Jacob, along with members of professional bodies. They selected the following designs: €1 and €2 coins: a tree, drawn by the artist Joaquim Jimenez, appears on these coins, symbolising life, continuity and growth. It is contained in a hexagon and encircled by the motto of the Republic, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, equality, fraternity). Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Greece 2002

Description:
The Minister for the National Economy and the Governor of the Bank of Greece chose the designs for their euro coins from a set of proposals presented by a national technical and artistic committee. The designer of the winning motifs was sculptor Georges Stamatopoulos, sponsored by the Bank of Greece. There is a separate design for each denomination. This coin depicts a scene from a mosaic in Sparta (third century AD), showing Europa being abducted by Zeus, who has taken the form of a bull. Europa is a figure from Greek mythology after whom Europe was named. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: EΛΛHNIKH ΔHMOKPATIA * (Hellenic Republic).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Ireland 2002

Description:
The Government of Ireland decided on a single national design for all Irish coin denominations. They show the Celtic harp, a traditional symbol of Ireland, decorated with the year of issue and the inscription "Éire" − the Irish word for Ireland. The harp shown was designed by Jarlath Hayes. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Italy 2002

Description:
In Italy, the euro coin designs were subject to scrutiny by a national technical and artistic committee before being presented to the nation on RAI UNO, Italy's largest national television station. A different design has been selected for each denomination, chosen from masterpieces by Italy's famous artists. Depicted on this coin is a portrait drawn by Raphaël of Dante Alighieri, housed in the Pope Julius II Wing of the Vatican City Palace. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Latvia 2014

Description:
The €2 coin features a Latvian folk maiden. This image was originally used on the silver 5 lats coin in 1929. The edge of the coin bears the inscription DIEVS * SVĒTĪ * LATVIJU (GOD BLESS LATVIA). The designer is Guntars Sietiņš.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Lithuania 2015

Description:
Lithuania’s euro coins show the coat of arms of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytis, the country of issuance "LIETUVA" and the year of issuance "2015". The coins also feature the 12 stars of the European flag. They were designed by the sculptor Antanas Žukauskas. Edge-lettering of the €2 coin: LAISVĖ * VIENYBĖ * GEROVĖ * (Freedom * Unity * Well-Being *)
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Luxembourg 2002

Description:
Yvette Gastauer-Claire designed the coins by agreement with the Royal Household and the Luxembourg Government.
All the Luxembourg coins bear the profile of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri. They also bear the year of issue and the word "Luxembourg" written in Luxembourgish ("Lëtzebuerg").
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Malta 2008

Description:
The €1 and €2 coins show the emblem used by the Sovereign Order of Malta. During the Order's rule over Malta, between 1530 and 1798, the eight-pointed cross became associated with the island and is now often referred to as the Maltese Cross.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coins Monaco

Description:
There are two series of coins in circulation.

The first series depicts, on the €2 coin, HSH Prince Rainier III. A double portrait of HSH Prince Rainier III and HSH Hereditary Prince Albert appears on the €1 coin. The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins depict the Prince’s seal. The coat of arms of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco is shown on the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins.

The second series shows, on the €2 and €1 coins, a portrait of HSH Prince Albert II. HSH Prince Albert’s monogram is depicted on the 10, 20 and 50-cent coins. The coat of arms of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco is the main feature of the design on the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins.
Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coins Netherlands

Description:
The Netherlands chose two designs by Bruno Ninaber van Eyben, showing Queen Beatrix, for the first series. There are two series of coins in circulation. Both are valid.
The second series, introduced in 2014, shows King Willem-Alexander and bears the inscription "Willem-Alexander Koning der Nederlanden" (King of the Netherlands).

€1 and €2 coins:

First series: Queen Beatrix is shown with the inscription "Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden" (Queen of the Netherlands).

Second series: King Willem-Alexander is shown with the inscription "Willem-Alexander Koning der Nederlanden" (King of the Netherlands). The mint marks appear on either side of the year of issuance. Edge-lettering of the €2 coin, both series: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS * (God be with us).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Austria 2002

Description:
Austria chose to produce a series of coins illustrating flowers, architecture and famous people from its history. The designs were chosen by a national panel and public opinion poll. Austrian artist Josef Kaiser created the designs. This coin bears a portrait of the pacifist Bertha von Suttner, a symbol of Austria's efforts over many decades to support peace. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2 EURO ***, repeated four times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Portugal 2002

Description:
Three different euro designs were chosen from entries to a national competition. Designer Vítor Manuel Fernandes dos Santos, who drew his inspiration from historical symbols and the seals of the first King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, won the competition with the following motifs: €1 and €2 coins: the country's castles and coats of arms are set amid the European stars. This symbolises dialogue, the exchange of values and the dynamics of the building of Europe. The centrepiece is the royal seal of 1144. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: five coats of arms and seven castles, all equally spaced.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coins San Marino

Description:
First series: The Government building (Palazzo Pubblico) is shown on this coin. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
Second series: The portrait of Saint Marino, detail of a painting by Giovan Battista Urbinelli, is shown on this coin.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Slovakia 2009

Description:
The €1 and €2 coins depict a double cross on three hills, as featured in the national emblem of Slovakia.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Slovenia 2007

Description:
This coin shows the poet France Prešeren and the inscription "Shivé naj vsi naródi" (God’s blessing on all nations) − a line taken from his poem "Zdravljica" which is also used in the country’s national anthem. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: SLOVENIJA followed by an engraved dot.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coins Spain

Description:
Spain’s coins feature three designs with effigies of the King, Miguel de Cervantes and the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. There are three series of coins in circulation. All are valid.

For the second series, the coins were slightly redesigned in 2010 in order to comply with the common guidelines issued by the European Commission. The year, for instance, is inscribed on the inner part of the coin.

The first and second series show a portrait of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón y Borbón.

In 2015, Spain introduced a third series of €1 and €2 coins showing the new King Felipe VI and the country code ‘ESPAÑA 2015’. The mint mark appears at the right of the effigy.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coins Vatican City

Description:
There are five series of Vatican City coins in circulation. All are valid.
The first series, showing Pope John Paul II, was issued between 2002 and 2005.

The second series, issued between June 2005 and March 2006, shows the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain, the acting head of state of the Vatican City, superimposed on the emblem of the Apostolic Chamber in the centre of the coin. The upper part of this design is surrounded by the semicircular words "SEDE VACANTE" and the year of issue in Roman numerals, i.e. "MMV". The designer's name, "D. LONGO", appears on the lower left-hand edge of the central design, while the respective engraver's initials appear on the lower right-hand edge, namely "MAC inc" (on the 1 and 20 cent coins), "LDS inc" (on the 2 and 50 cent coins), "ELF inc" (on the 5 cent and €1 coins) and "MCC inc" (on the 10 cent and €2 coins).

The third series, issued between April 2006 and December 2013, shows Pope Benedict XVI. To the left are the designer’s initials ("DL").

The fourth series, first issued in January 2014, shows Pope Francis.

The fifth series, first issued in March 2017, shows the coat of arms of the Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis.

The coins in each series feature the 12 stars of the European flag, the words "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO", the year of issuance and the mintmark "R". Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Circulation coin Cyprus 2008

Description:
The €1 and €2 coins depict a cruciform idol from the Chalcolithic period (3000 BC). This characteristic example of the island's prehistoric art reflects Cyprus's place at the heart of civilisation and antiquity.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2020 (1)

Feature:
The 27th Ibero-American Summit in Andorra

Issuing volume: 73 500 coins
Issuing date: second half of 2020

Description:
The 27th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government will be held in the Principality of Andorra in 2020.
Andorra, the newest and smallest member of the Ibero-American Conference, will host this meeting of the highest political level, which comprises 19 Latin American countries together with Spain, Portugal and Andorra, in order to work towards common goals such as Sustainable Development.
The design of the coin shows a tree made up by human silhouettes and tine wheels. The human silhouettes symbolize the integration of society, culture and education for the realization of a sustainable future. The tine wheels symbolize the synergy of movement between the ideas and proposals of participants to this Summit.
Next to the tree, there is the logo of this 27th Summit. On its upper side, three triangles represent the colours of the Andorran flag. On its lower side, six triangles represent Andorra’s opening towards Sustainable Development Goals.
Around the design, there is the inscription ‘XXVII CIMERA IBEROAMERICANA ANDORRA 2020’ (27th Ibero-American Summit Andorra 2020).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2020 (1)

Feature:
International year of plant health

Issuing volume: 755 000 coins
Issuing date: February 2020

Description:
The inner part of the piece depicts the official logo of the IYPH 2020 that symbolises leaves and the text ‘International year of plant health’. The leaves represent healthy plants as the source of the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat and all life on earth. This positive image of leaves protected from deadly pests and diseases forms a circle, which represents the world and underlines how plant health and protection is a global issue. Plant health is the key to ending hunger, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and boosting economic development.
As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the right. The Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele is located on the left. The country code BE and the year mark 2020 are located on the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2020 (1)

Feature:
Brandenburg (‘Federal States’ (Bundesländer) series)

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2020

Description:
The design shows the Sanssouci Palace. The upper half of the coin’s inner section includes the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’), the artist’s initials and the year ‘2020’. The lower half of the coin’s inner section contains the inscription ‘BRANDENBURG’ and Germany’s issuing country code ‘D’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2020 (1)

Feature:
The centenary of the Tartu Peace Treaty

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: February 2020

Description:
The treaty was signed between Estonia and Soviet Russia on 2 February 1920, and it fixed the Eastern border of Estonia, bringing an end to the War of Independence.
The design depicts a tree with branches disguising the words TARTU RAHU (Tartu Peace Treaty). Ity also bears the country name ‘EESTI’ and the date of issue ‘2 February 2020’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2020 (1)

Feature:
The 100th Anniversary of the University of Turku

Issuing volume: 800 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2020 (1)

Feature:
Charles de Gaulles

Issuing volume: 18 million coins
Issuing date: January 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2020 (1)

Feature:
25th Centenary of the Battle of Thermopylae

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2020 (1)

Feature:
The 80th Anniversary of Foundation of ‘Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco’ (National Fire Department)

Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Issuing date: January 2020

Description:
The design shows, in the center, the logo of the National Fire Department. On the left, ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic; on the right, the year of the coin’s issue ‘2020’; ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome; below, ‘LDS’, initials of the designer Luciana De Simoni; above, arch-shaped inscription ‘CORPO NAZIONALE DEI VIGILI DEL FUOCO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2020

Feature:
Ceramic of Latgale

Issuing volume: 312 000 coins
Issuing date: Second quarter of 2020

Description:
The coin is dedicated to the Latgalian pottery. The traditional pottery established itself for substantial periods of time in two districts, Latgale and Kurzeme, but only in Latgale it has survived throughout the times and passed over to the next generations. The Latgalian pottery is included also in the Latvian Culture Canon.
The design depicts a characteristic piece of Latgalian ceramics – clay candelabrum. It bears an inscription ‘LATGALES KERAMIKA’ (Latgalian ceramics), the country name ‘LATVIJA’ as well as the year of issuance ‘2020’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2020 (1)

Feature:
Aukštaitija (from the series Lithuanian Etnographic Regions)

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: Third quarter of 2020

Description:
The design features a coat of arms with an armour-clad knight holding a sword in his right hand. The coat of arms is held by two angels, simbolically exalting and protecting Aukštaitija – one of the most important regions of Lithuania and the cradle of its statehood.
Below is a Latin inscription PATRIAM TUAM MUNDUM EXISTIMA (CONSIDER YOUR HOMELAND TO BE THE WHOLE WORLD).
The design is surrounded by inscriptions: ‘LIETUVA’ (the name of the issuing country), ‘AUKŠTAITIJA’, the year of issuance ‘2020’ and the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2020 (1)

Feature:
The 200th anniversary of the birth of Prince Henri

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2020

Description:
The design shows on the right hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, and on the left hand the effigy of Prince Henri. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country ‘LUXEMBOURG’ and the year-date ‘2020’. At the left, in semi-circle form, is the inscription ‘Prince Henri d’Orange-Nassau’ and underneath his effigy is the inscription ‘1820 – 1879’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2020 (1)

Feature:
Games - Fifth of the „from children in solidarity" series

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2020

Feature:
The 300th anniversary of the birth of Prince Honoré III

Issuing volume: 15 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2020

Description:
The design shows the effigy of Prince Honoré III. At the left is the inscription ‘HONORÉ III’ and at the right the name of the issuing country ‘MONACO’. At the bottom, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘1720 – Naissance – 2020’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2020 (1)

Feature:
730 years of the University of Coimbra

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2020 (1)

Feature:
500 years since the death of Raphael

Issuing volume: 54.000 coins
Issuing date: March 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2020

Feature:
20 years of Slovakian membership in the OECD

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: November 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2020

Feature:
500 years since the birth of Adam Bohorič

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2020

Feature:
Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon - Eleventh of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites series

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing ydate: February 2020

Description:
The design shows the image of the tower of El Salvador de Teruel. On the left side in capital letters is the word ‘ESPAÑA’ and on the right side the mintmark and underneath it the year of issuance 2020. At the top in the central part, in a circular sense and in capital letters the legend ‘ARQUITECTURA MUDEJAR DE ARAGÓN’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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The Vatican City State 2020 (1)

Feature:
500 years since the death of Raphael

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Cyprus 2020

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics

Issuing volume: coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:

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Andorra 2020 (2)

Feature:
50 years since Andorra's introduction of women's suffrage

Issuing volume:
Issuing date:

Description:

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

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Belgium 2020 (2)

Feature:
Jan van Eyck

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins
Issuing date: Second half of 2020

Description:
The inner part of the piece depicts the portrait of the famous Flemish artist Jan van Eyck, together with his signature and a painter’s palette that also contains the initials LL, referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx and two paintbrushes. Above this, you can find the name J. van Eyck.
As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the bottom together with the Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele. The country code BE and the year mark 2020 is located on the right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2020 (2)

Feature:
50 years since the Kniefall von Warschau

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: October 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2020 (2)

Feature:
The bicentenary of the discovery of Antarctica

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The discovery is linked to Estonia because one of the first men to see Antarctica in 1820 was Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, a Baltic German seafarer born in Saaremaa, who documented the discovery.
The design depicts a motif of a sailing ship. It also bear the inscriptions ‘Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen’ and ‘ANTARKTIKA 200’, the country name ‘EESTI’ and the year of issuance ‘2020’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2020 (2)

Feature:
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Väinö Linna

Issuing volume: coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2020 (2)

Feature:
2024 Summer Olympics Paris

Issuing volume: coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2020 (2)

Feature:
100th anniversary of the union of Thrace with Greece

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2020 (2)

Feature:
150th anniversary of the birth of Maria Montessori

Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Issuing date: June 2020

Description:
A portrait of Maria Montessori in a geometric composition with some of didactic elements drawn from her educational system. In the right field, ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic; on the left, ‘R’ ,identifying the Mint of Rome; on the right, ‘LDS’, initials of the designer Luciana De Simoni; at the top and bottom, the dates ‘1870’ e ‘2020’, the year of birth of the Italian pedagogue and that of coin’s issue, respectively; around the portrait, the inscription ‘MARIA MONTESSORI’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2020 (2)

Feature:
Hill of Crosses

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2020 (2)

Feature:
75 years of the signature of the Charter of the United Nations by Luxembourg

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: September 2020

Description:
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2020 (2)

Feature:
Unesco World Heritage Site – pre-historic temples of Skorba

Issuing volume: 170 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2020

Description:
The design features Skorba, a prehistoric temple located near the hamlet of Zebbiegh, in the northwest of Malta. The complex consists of two temples built side by side. These were built on a much older settlement remains of which were discovered outside the temple complex. Skorba lacks the monumentality of the other temples on the Maltese islands. Nevertheless, the site is of utmost importance having enabled archaeologists to set Malta’s prehistoric cultural sequence and establish that the islands were first inhabited at around 5 000 BC. The inscription ‘SKORBA TEMPLES 3600-2500 BC’ appears at the top of the design. At the bottom are the name of the issuing country ‘MALTA’ and the year of issuance ‘2020’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2020 (2)

Feature:
75 years since the formation of the United Nations

Issuing volume: 510 000 coins
Issuing date: 2020

Description:

The design depicts the UN logo. At the top is the year of issuance ‘2020’, the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’ and the inscription ‘UN 75 YEARS’. Under the words ‘UN’ and ‘YEARS’ is their translation in Portuguese ‘ONU’ and ‘ANOS’. At the left side is the name of the mint ‘CASA DA MOEDA’ and at the right side is the engraver’s name ‘ANDRÉ LETRIA’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2020 (2)

Feature:
250 years since the death of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Issuing volume:
Issuing date: 2020

Description:

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

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The Vatican City State 2020 (2)

Feature:
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Pope John Paul II

Issuing volume: 101 000 coins
Issuing date: may 2020

Description: The design features Pope John Paul II, the home where He was born and the Basilica near His home in Wadowice, Poland. At the top left, in semi-circle is the inscription ‘PAPA GIOVANNI PAOLO II’. At the right are the years ‘1920 2020’, and the mintmark ‘R’. At the bottom, in semi-circle, is the name of the issuing country ‘CITTA’ DEL VATICANO’. Under the image of the Basilica are the artist’s name ‘G. TITOTTO’ and the engraver’s initials ‘M.A.C. INC’ (Maria Angela Cassol, engraver).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2019 (1)

Feature:
Ski World Cup Finals 2019

Issuing volume: 60 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2019

Description:
The 2019 Ski World Cup Finals will be held in the Principality of Andorra from 11 to 17 March 2019. With this event, the Principality of Andorra will host one of the most important alpine skiing competition in the world.
For the Principality of Andorra, it will be the most prestigious winter sport event that has ever been held in the country, and will be a turning point in the country’s trajectory as a sport destination.
The design of the coin shows in the foreground a skier sliding down a slope. In the background, four curved lines, from the official logo of these Ski World Cup Finals, represent the slopes where the competition will take place. Some snowflakes complete the design together with the inscription ‘FINALS DE LA COPA DEL MÓN D’ESQUÍ ANDORRA 2019’ (Andorra 2019 Ski World Cup Finals).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2019 (1)

Feature:
The 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
The inner part of the piece depicts the portrait of the famous Belgian artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, together with a painting on an easel. Above this, you can find the name P. Bruegel, the years 1569, with a subtle obelisk referring to the year of death, and 2019, the year of issuance.
As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the left together with the Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, the country code BE. The initials LL referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx, are located on the right. Finally, around the edge of the inner part small dots form a circle.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2019 (1)

Feature:
The 70th anniversary of the Bundesrat’s founding

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
The design shows a highly detailed and finely sculpted rendering of the Bundesrat building. The upper half of the coin’s inner section includes the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’), the artist’s initials and the year ‘2019’. The lower half of the coin’s inner section contains the inscription ‘BUNDESRAT’ and Germany’s issuing country code ‘D’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2019 (1)

Feature:
Song Festival’s 150-year anniversary

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: June 2019

Description:
The design is inspired by the Song Celebration procession, which moves like the waves on the sea with cheers of pride and joy and a panoply of national dress. The design unites music, national costumes, and the various sites of the great and powerful Song Celebration of the nation by the sea. The design also features the first notes of the Estonian national anthem and, at the bottom, the words ‘Laulupidu 150’ (Song Celebration 150). At the top is the year of issuance ‘2019’ and underneath the name of the issuing country ‘EESTI’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2019

Feature:
The Constitution Act of Finland

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: September/October 2019

Description:
The design shows three circular fields that are joined together at the centre. The three fields represent the trias politica, separation of powers into three different branches: a legislative, an executive, and a judiciary power. The year of issuance ‘2019’ is placed centre left. The indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the mint mark are placed bottom right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2019 (1)

Feature:
30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Beyond the impact on German society, it was an event with global consequences. On November 9th, 1989, this occasion marks the end of the cold war and announces an appeasement after several decades of international tensions. At the European level, it is the first step towards the reunification of one of the leading countries of the European Union. This major change was after materialised by the Moscow Treaty of which France was a signatory. The European Union welcomed then 16 million new citizens in just one year; almost the structural and economic effect of welcoming a new country!
The design represents the Berlin Wall, opened in its centre, letting the doves (allegories of the international appeasement), and the jubilant crowd pass. In the background, the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s symbol par excellence, is represented. The mention ‘30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall/30 Jahre Mauerfall’ is inscribed on one side of the wall. At the bottom of the design is the year of issuance ‘2019’ and at its right the indication of the issuing country ‘RF’ (standing for République Française).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2019 (1)

Feature:
Andreas Kalvos — 150 years in memoriam

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2019

Description:
Born in Zante, Andreas Kalvos (1792-1869) is one the most important modern Greek poets. Combining a solid neo-classicist education with the high ideals of Romanticism and archaicising with demotic Greek, he expressed both the revolutionary ideas of his time and his personal vision.
The national side of the coin features a portrait of Andreas Kalvos. Inscribed along the inner edge at the left is the name ‘ANDREAS KALVOS 1792-1869’, along with the minting year and a palmette (mintmark of the Greek Mint); inscribed along the inner edge at the right is the wording ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’. Also visible at the right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Ireland 2019

Feature:
100 years since the establishment of the Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament)

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
The design depicts the first sitting of Dáil Éireann in the Round Room. The Governance of the Irish nation began on the 21st of January and the sitting was conducted entirely in the Irish language to mark the symbolic nature of the meeting. The large Round Room of the Mansion House arcs above the vast congregation of the nation’s first elected Dáil. The words ‘An Chéad Dáil’, at the centre of the design, together with the year ‘1919’ at the top, are inscribed in a traditional uncial font. At the bottom are inscribed the name of the country and the year of issuance ‘ÉIRE 2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2019

Feature:
The 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci

Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
The design shows a detail of the painting ‘Dama con l'ermellino’ (Lady with an Ermine) by Leonardo da Vinci (Czartoryski Museum in Krakow). On the left, the inscription ‘Leonardo’, the initials of the author Maria Angela Cassol ‘MAC’ and the logo ‘RI’ acronym of the Italian Republic; on the right, ‘R’, mintmark of the Mint of Rome and the dates ‘1519-2019’, respectively the year of Leonardo’s death and the year of the coin issuance.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2019 (1)

Feature:
The rising sun

Issuing volume: 307 000 coins
Issuing date:Third quarter of 2019

Description:The coin is dedicated to the history of the Coat of arms of Latvia and features the motif of a rising sun. This motif was originally part of the design proposal for the symbol of the autonomous Latvia, created by artist Ansis Cīrulis in 1917. Later on this motif emerged as one of the basic elements of the Coat of arms of Latvia. The motif of a rising sun has also been used by artist Ansis Cīrulis before, in the design of the Latvian riflemen’s badge and his other artworks. After the foundation of the Republic of Latvia in 1918 variations of the motif of a rising sun appeared in all design proposals for the Coat of arms of the new State. The Coat of arms of Latvia was officially adopted in 1921. The design shows the motif of the rising sun, with stylised letters B and L (an abbreviation from the words ‘Brīvā Latvija’ (Free Latvia)) in the centre. It also bears an inscription ‘UZLECOŠĀ SAULE’ (The rising sun), the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and the year of issuance ‘2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2019 (1)

Feature:
Sutartinės (Lithuanian multipart songs — inscribed on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)

Issuing volume: 500.000 coins
Issuing date: Third quarter of 2019

Description:
The design features linear motifs, symbolising polyphonic melodies of the unique Lithuanian heritage — folk songs sutartinės. The lines are widening and narrowing again, spinning into a swirl decorated with various miniature geometric and nature figures. The inscription of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’, as well as the inscription ‘SUTARTINĖS’ (Lithuanian multipart songs) and the year of issuance ‘2019’ are depicted in semicircle. The mark of the Lithuanian Mint is featured as well.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2019 (1)

Feature:
The 100th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Grand Duchess Charlotte

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
The design shows on the left hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, and on the right hand the effigy of the Grand Duchess Charlotte. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country ‘LUXEMBOURG’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2019’. At the top, in semi-circle around the effigies is the inscription ‘Centenaire de l’accession au trône de la Grande-Duchesse Charlotte’ (Centenary of the accession to the throne of Grand Duchess Charlotte).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2019 (1)

Feature:
Unesco World Heritage Site – pre-historic temples of Ta’ Haġrat

Issuing volume: 320 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2019

Description:
The design features Ta’ Haġrat, a prehistoric temple located in Mġarr, a small village in the northwest of Malta. The temple consists of two structures the largest of which dates to around 3 600-3 200 BC. This temple has a monumental doorway, which is its most distinctive characteristic. The inscription ‘TA’HAĠRAT TEMPLES 3600-3000 BC’ appears at the top of the design. At the bottom are the name of the issuing country ‘MALTA’ and the year of issuance ‘2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2019

Feature:
The 200th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Prince Honoré V

Issuing volume: 15 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2019

Description:
The design shows the effigy of Prince Honoré V. At the left is the inscription ‘HONORÉ V’ and at the right the name of the issuing country ‘MONACO’. At the bottom, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘1819 — Avènement — 2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2019 (1)

Feature:
500 years of the first circumnavigation organised and led by the Portuguese explorer and navigator Fernão De Magalhães

Issuing volume: 770 000 coins
Issuing date: May 2019

Description:
The Spanish expedition to the East Indies began in 1519 and ended in 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth. The design depicts the effigy of Fernão De Magalhães. At the right side, in semicircle, is the inscription ‘CIRCUM NAVEGAÇÃO’ (circumnavigation) and underneath the inscription ‘1519 FERNÃO DE MAGALHÃES’. At the left side, in semicircle, is the year of issuance ‘2019’ and the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2019 (1)

Feature:
500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci

Issuing volume: 60 500 coins
Issuing date: April 2019

Description:
The centre of the coin depicts an angel painted by Leonardo da Vinci in ‘The Baptism of Christ’; at the edge, on the left is the inscription ‘SAN MARINO’, on the right the inscription ‘1519 Leonardo 2019’; on the left are the initials of the artist Uliana Pernazza ‘UP’ and on the bottom right, the letter ‘R’ identifying the Mint of Rome.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2019

Feature:
The 100th anniversary of the death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: April 2019

Description:
The design features a portrait of Milan Rastislav Štefánik. To the left of the portrait are the dates of Štefánik’s birth ‘1880’ and death ‘1919’, one above the other. At the left side of the inner part of the coin, in semi-circle, are the name ‘MILAN RASTISLAV ŠTEFÁNIK’ and the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’. The year of issuance ‘2019’ is between the portrait and the right side. Below the year are the stylised letters ‘PV’, the initials of the designer, Peter Valach, and below them is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2019

Feature:
The 100th anniversary of the foundation of the University of Ljubljana

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: Fourth quarter of 2019

Description:
The University of Ljubljana’s logo is the core of the design. On the left side the University’s façade above the solid square of its logo is replaced with the inscription ‘100 LET UNIVERZE V LJUBLJANI’. The design’s background is textured in order to achieve a larger impact of the inscription with the solid square. On the lower part of the right side is the inscription ‘SLOVENIJA 2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2019

Feature:
Unesco’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites — the old town of Avila and its churches outside the walls

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing ydate: February 2019

Description:
The city of Avila has preserved the auterity and purity of the mediaeval style, surrounded by the most complete walls of Spain.
The design reproduces at the centre a detail of the Avila wall. At the top side circular ascending the word ‘ESPANA’, the year of issuance ‘2019’ and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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The Vatican City State 2019 (1)

Feature:
90th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican City State

Issuing volume: 91 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2019

Description:
The design features a portrait of Pope Pius XI (Sovereign of the State in 1929) and the Lateran in Rome. At the top, from left to right, in semi-circle is the inscription of the issuing country ‘STATO DELLA CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. At the bottom are the years ‘1929’ and ‘2019’ and underneath the name of the artist ‘FUSCO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2019 (2)

Feature:
600 years of the Council of the Land

Issuing volume: 60 000 coins
Issuing date: 4th quarter 2019

Description:
The design commemorates the 600th anniversary of the creation of the Consell de la Terra (Council of the Land). It was a representative body created in 1419, predecessor of the Consell General (General Council), the parliament of Andorra. The design depicts the upper part of the entry portal of Casa de la Vall (the parliament’s old seat), with the coat of arms of the country and a fragment of a window above it. Two compact groups of human faces on both sides of the design, as if they were stones of the building, mean the cohesion of Andorrans as a social community united in history, institutions and values. The inscription ‘600 ANYS DEL CONSELL DE LA TERRA’ (600 years of the Council of the Land) at the top, and the name of the issuing country ‘ANDORRA’ and both year dates ‘1419’ and ‘2019’ in the middle of the number ‘600’ below complete the design.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2019 (2)

Feature:
25th anniversary of the European Monetary Institute (EMI)

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2019

Description:
The inner part of the piece depicts the portrait Alexandre Lamfalussy, the first president of the EMI, on the right with his name below. On the left-hand side, the abbreviation EMI stands central with the year 1994 above, referring to date of the establishment of the Institute and the designation of Lamfalussy as its first president. Below ‘EMI’, several coins are depicted falling on each other with the inscription €, ‘ECU’ and ‘BEF’ from top to bottom. Given the fact that this is a Belgian issuance, we have chosen for ‘BEF’, the abbreviation of our former national currency. The purpose of this representation is to symbolise the transition of the national currencies to an European single currency, the euro as the EMI’s main focus was on establishing the European System of Central Banks, including the ECB and the new currency On the upper part of the left side of the coin is an inscription ‘European Monetary Institute’.
As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the left with the Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele. The country code BE and the year mark 2019 are located on the bottom. The initials LL referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx, are inscribed on the right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2019 (2)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: October 2019

Description:
Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Beyond the impact on German society, it was an event with global consequences. On 9 November 1989, this occasion marks the end of the cold war and announces an appeasement after several decades of international tensions. At the European level, it is the first step towards the reunification of one of the leading countries of the European Union. This major change was after materialised by the Moscow Treaty of which France was a signatory. The European Union welcomed then 16 million new citizens in just one year; almost the structural and economic effect of welcoming a new country!
The design represents the Berlin Wall, opened in its centre, letting the doves (allegories of the international appeasement), and the jubilant crowd pass. In the background, the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s symbol par excellence, is represented. The mention ‘30 Jahre Mauerfall’ (30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall) is inscribed on one side of the wall. At the bottom of the design is the year of issuance ‘2019’ and at its right the indication of the issuing country ‘D’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2019 (2)

Feature:
The centenary of the University of Tartu

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: November 2019

Description:
The coin will mark the centenary of the University of Tartu as being established as the first Estonian language university. It was founded in 1632 by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf and is one of the oldest universities in northern and eastern Europe. In 1919 it became the first Estonian language university.
The design depicts a motif of the main building of the university. It also bears the inscriptions ‘RAHVUSÜLIKOOL 100’(National University 100) and ‘UNIVERSITAS TARTUENSIS’, the year ‘1632’, the issuing country ‘EESTI’ and the year of issuance ‘2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2019 (2)

Feature:
The 60th anniversary of Asterix

Issuing volume: 310 000 coins
Issuing date: May 2019

Description:
For 60 years, Asterix has been a true icon of the French culture. Created in 1959 by scenarist René Goscinny and cartoonist Albert Uderzo, this character embodies the Frenchman with his smartness and sharpness through the Gallic identity. Apart from its artistic line, depicting contemporary society with humour has brought Asterix a great international fame for many years. Since its inception, it has been translated into all the languages of the European Union meeting a huge success. The reputation of Asterix is for example as strong in Germany as in France. It has also been very well established in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Scandinavia for many years. Beyond the French icon, Asterix has become a true figure of the European 9th art.
The design represents Asterix in profile wearing his famous winged helmet. He is surrounded by laurels and Roman inscriptions referring to his 60 years. At the top is the inscription ‘ASTERIX’ and underneath the indication of the issuing country ‘RF’ (standing for République Française). The year of issuance ‘2019’ is inscribed at the bottom, together with the French mintmark and mintmaster mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2019 (2)

Feature:
Centenary of the birth of Manolis Andronicos

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2019

Description:
Manolis Andronicos (1919-1992) was one of Greece’s greatest archaeologists. His discovery of the royal tombs at Vergina in 1977 brought to light exquisite finds that attest to the splendour of ancient Macedonian civilisation.
The design features a portrait of Manolis Andronicos. Inscribed along the inner edge at left is the name ‘MANOLIS ANDRONICOS 1919-1992’, along with the minting year and a palmette (mintmark of the Greek Mint); inscribed along the inner edge at right is the wording ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’. Also visible at the right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2019 (2)

Feature:
Samogitia (Lithuanian Etnographic Regions)

Issuing volume: 500.000 coins
Issuing date: September 2019

Description:
The design features a bear standing on its hind legs, with a chain collar on the neck. It has been depicted on the coat of arms of Samogitia since the 16th century. The bear is situated against a shield topped with a crown, which is held by an armoured soldier (a symbol of courage, sacrifice and patriotism) and a goddess with an anchor (a symbol of hope). Below is a Latin inscription ‘PATRIA UNA’ (one fatherland). The design is surrounded by the inscriptions ‘LIETUVA’ (Lithuania) and ‘ŽEMAITIJA’ (Samogitia), the year of issuance ‘2019’ and the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2019 (2

Feature: The 100th anniversary of the universal suffrage

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2019

Description:The design shows on the left hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, and on the right hand a ballot box where a ballot paper is being inserted by a hand. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country ‘LUXEMBOURG’. At the top, in semi-circle form is the inscription ‘Centenaire du suffrage universel’ (Centenary of the universal franchise) and underneath the inscription ‘1919 - 2019’, the latter being the year of issuance.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2019 (2)

Feature:
Nature and Environment

Issuing volume: 320 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2019

Description:
The design was created by a school student and depicts a fruit tree and a stylised representation of the sun. At the bottom left is the name of the issuing country ‘MALTA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2019 (2)

Feature:
600 years of the discovery of the Madeira Archipelago, by the Portuguese navigators Bartolomeu Perestrelo and Tristão Vaz.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2019

Description:
The event, known as the first Portuguese territorial discovery, marked a historic milestone in the consolidation of Portugal as a maritime power and gave rise to the Portuguese Age of Discoveries (1418-1522). The design depicts the Madeira Archipelago and the island of Porto Santo. In semicircle are the inscriptions ‘600 anos do Descobrimento da Madeira e de Porto Santo’ and ‘PORTUGAL 2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2019 (2)

Feature:
550th anniversary of the death of Filippo Lippi

Issuing volume: 60 500 coins
Issuing date: September 2019

Description:
The centre of the coin features the Madonna and Child, a detail from Filippo Lippi’s ‘Madonna and Child with Two Angels’; above are the inscriptions ‘SAN MARINO’ and ‘FILIPPO LIPPI’ and on the left are the year ‘1469’ and the letter ‘R’ identifying the Mint of Rome. On the bottom left are the initials of the artist Maria Angela Cassol ‘M.A.C.’, and in the centre the year ‘2019’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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The Vatican City State 2019 (2)

Feature:
Sistine Chapel — End of the restoration 1994-2019

Issuing volume: 91 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2019

Description:
The design features the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. At the left, in semi-circle is the inscription of the issuing country ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. At the right, in semi-circle, are the inscriptions ‘CAPPELLA SISTINA — FINE DEI RESTAURI’ and ‘1994-2019’. At the right side is the mintmark ‘R’ and at the bottom the name of the artist ‘D. LONGO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2018 (1)

Feature:
25th anniversary of the Andorran Constitution

Issuing volume: 75 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The design depicts the ‘Monument to the Men and Women of Andorra who launched the Constitution’, which stands in the square of the Consell General (Andorra’s Parliament). This monument shows the silhouettes of a man and a woman and commemorates the will expressed by the Andorran citizenry, in the referendum held on 14 March 1993, to become a constitutional state, democratic and social, as expressed in article 1 of the Constitution. To the right of the monument there is the map of Andorra with the Latin inscription ‘VIRTVS VNITA FORTIOR’ (virtue united is stronger) inside, which is the state motto of the Principality of Andorra. Surrounding the design there are the inscriptions ‘25è ANIVERSARI DE LA CONSTITUCIÓ 1993-2018’ (25th anniversary of the Constitution 1993-2018) and the name of the country ‘ANDORRA’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2018 (1)

Feature:
The 50th anniversary of May 1968 events in Belgium

Issuing volume: 260 000 coins
Issuing date: May/Juni 2018

Description:
The design represents students with a pamphlet and flag in their hands and refers to student demonstrations that took place in Belgium in connection with the sociocultural changes of May 1968. It was an important national event that shaped Belgium’s national politics and influenced subsequent Government reforms, now 50 years ago.
The mintmark of Utrecht (the Mercury’s wand) is located on the left together with the Belgian mint master mark (the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele). The year mark 2018 and the country code BE are located at the left as well, just like the initials LL of the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx.
An auditorium marks the back, which is a reference to students.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2018 (1)

Feature:
The 100th birthday anniversary of the great German statesman and Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015)

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The design portrays Helmut Schmidt in a characteristic pose as he engages in dialogue with his interlocutor. In semi-circle at the top right the inscription ‘HELMUT SCHMIDT’ and at the right side the years ‘1918-2015’. The mint mark of the respective mint appears underneath the years. At the left side is the code of the issuing country ‘D’ and underneath is the year of issuance ‘2018’. At the bottom there are the initials of the artist.>
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2018 (1)

Feature:
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will jointly issue a commemorative euro coin with a common design in 2018, celebrating the establishment of the States of Estonia and Latvia and the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The three Baltic States are symbolically represented as a braid. They are united by their history: a common past, present and future. A stylised numeral representing the 100th anniversary, and the heraldic signs of all three States, are featured as well. At the left side is the name of the issuing country ‘EESTI’ and at the right side is the year of issuance ‘2018’. The design was selected by public voting in all three Baltic countries.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2018 (1)

Feature:
Finnish national landscape Koli

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: April 2018

Description:
The design shows a drawing from the top of the Finnish national landscape Koli. The year of issuance ‘2018’ is placed at the center bottom. The indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ is at the center left and the mint mark at the center right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2018 (1)

Feature:
Remembrance cornflower (Bleuet de France)

Issuing volume: 15 million coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
For 100 years, the cornflower (Bleuet de France) has been the flower of remembrance and solidarity in France. It started as a means of helping injured veterans of the First World War, but before long had been adopted by the whole French nation as a symbol of gratitude for the sacrifices the soldiers had made to defend their country and their ideals.
Today, as in the past, the cornflower still provides moral and financial support to veterans and victims of wars past and present and to victims of terrorism.
It also helps pass on to young people standards and values such as respect, peace and tolerance. This flower of remembrance honours all those who fought and are still fighting for our freedom today.
The design features the cornflower in the centre of the coin. It is surrounded by the words ‘Le Bleuet de France, fleur de mémoire et de solidarité’ (Bleuet of France, flower of remembrance and solidarity). The dates ‘1918-2018’ as well as the letters RF for République Française (French Republic) and the mint marks are also included in the design.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2018 (1)

Feature:
Kostis Palamas – 75 years in memoriam

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2018

Description:
The design features a portrait of the Greek poet Kostis Palamas (1859-1943). Inscribed along the inner edge at left is the wording ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and the name ‘KOSTIS PALAMAS’ (in Greek). Also inscribed is a palmette (the mintmark of the Greek Mint) and the year of issuance ‘2018’. Visible at the lower right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2018 (1)

Feature:
The 70th Anniversary of the Coming into Force of the Italian Constitution

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
Enrico De Nicola, provisional Head of State, signs the act of promulgation of the Constitution of the Italian Republic on December 27, 1947; on his right, the Head of Government Alcide De Gasperi, on the left, Umberto Terracini, President of the Italian Constituent Assembly. Above, the inscription ‘COSTITUZIONE’ and the monogram of the Italian Republic ‘RI’; in exergue, the inscription ‘CON SICURA COSCIENZA’, ‘R’, the mintmark of the Mint of Rome, and the dates ‘1948 • 2018’, respectively year of the coming into force of the Italian Constitution and year of the issue of the coin.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2018 (1)

Feature:
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will jointly issue a commemorative euro coin with a common design in 2018, celebrating the establishment of the States of Estonia and Latvia and the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania

Issuing volume: 512 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The three baltic States are symbolically represented as a braid. They are united by their history: a common past, present and future. A stylized numeral representing the 100th anniversary, and the heraldic signs of all three States, are featured as well. At the left side is the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and at the right side is the year of issuance ‘2018’. The design was selected by public voting in all three Baltic countries.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2018 (1)

Feature:
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will jointly issue a commemorative euro coin with a common design in 2018, celebrating the establishment of the States of Estonia and Latvia and the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The three Baltic States are symbolically represented as a braid. They are united by their history: a common past, present and future. A stylised numeral representing the 100th anniversary, and the heraldic signs of all three States, are featured as well. At the left side is the name of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’ and the mint mark and at the right side is the year of issuance ‘2018’ and the mark of the designer ‘JP’. The design was selected by public voting in all three Baltic countries.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2018 (1)

Feature:
The 150th anniversary of the Luxembourg Constitution

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The design shows on the left hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right. At the right hand of the design are depicted the year-dates ‘1868-2018’ as well as the text ‘150 ans’. Below the effigy of the Grand-Duke appear the text ‘Constitution du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg’ and a lateral cut view of an open booklet.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2018 (1)

Feature:
Unesco World Heritage Site — Temples of Mnajdra

Issuing volume: 320 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2018

Description:
The design features the Maltese prehistoric temples of Mnajdra, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Mnajdra is a prehistoric site consisting of three temples nestled around an oval forecourt. It is situated on the Southern coast of Malta, some 500 meters away from Hagar Qim. Mnajdra is best known for its astronomical alignments and the South temple seems to have been constructed to mark the sunrise on the equinox and the solstice. The Oldest parts of this complex date around 3 600-3 200 BC. At the top right of the design there are the inscriptions ‘MNAJDRA’, ‘TEMPLES’ and the years ‘3 600-2 500 BC’, one underneath the other. At the bottom left there is the name of the issuing country ‘MALTA’ and underneath there is the year of issuance ‘2018’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2018

Feature:
François Joseph Bosio

Issuing volume: 16 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2018

Description:
The design shows Mr BOSIO and a statue as the background image. The inscription ‘MONACO’ is at the top of the image in semi-circle. At the bottom, in semi-circle as well, there are two inscriptions: ‘FRANÇOIS JOSEPH BOSIO’ and underneath ‘1768 – SCULPTEUR - 2018’. At the left and right sides of these two inscriptions, there are the mintmark and the mint master mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Austria 2018

Feature:
100 years of the Austrian Republic

Issuing volume: 18 100 100 coins
Issuing date: December 2017

Description:
The design depicts the statue of Pallas Athena in front of the Greek-style building of the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. The goddess of wisdom serves as a symbol of the Austrian parliamentarism and stands for knowledge, reason and strategic talent. At the left side is the year ‘2018’ and underneath the text ‘100 JAHRE’ (100 YEARS). The text ‘REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH’ (AUSTRIAN REPUBLIC) is inscribed at the bottom right in semi-circle.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2018 (1)

Feature:
250 years of the Official Printing Works (‘Imprensa Nacional’)

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: May 2018

Description:
The design displays the inscription ‘1768-2018 IMPRENSA NACIONAL DUZENTOS E CINQUENTA 250 ANOS PORTUGAL MMXVIII’ as if the letters and numbers were books displayed in a library. At the bottom of the inner ring there is the name of the artist ‘Eduardo Aires’ at the left side and the mintmark ‘INCM’ at the right side. The Official Printing Works are responsible with the publication of the Portuguese Official Journal containing all the legislative activity of the country, books of the highest cultural relevance, and other cultural activities.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2018 (1)

Feature:
500th anniversary of the birth of Tintoretto

Issuing volume: 60 500 coins
Issuing date: April 2018

Description:
The centre of the coin depicts a detail from Tintoretto’s painting ‘The Visitation’ (the embrace between the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth), and the dates ‘1518-2018’; at the edge: ‘SAN MARINO’ written above, and ‘Tintoretto’ below; on the left are the initials of the artist Luciana de Simoni ‘LDS’ and the letter ‘R’ identifying the Mint of Rome.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2018

Feature:
The 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The design symbolises Slovakia’s entry into the European Union and the euro area by showing a stylised portal arching over both a map of Slovakia and a euro symbol surrounded by the European Union stars, some covered by the map. The Slovak coat of arms appears on the left of the design. At the lower left side, in semi-circle is the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA’. The date of the country’s establishment ‘1.1.1993’ and the year of issuance ‘2018’ appear, one above the other, below the right side of the map. Between the map and the date are the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the initials ‘MK’ placed between two dies, and the stylised letters ‘PK’, the initials of the designer, Pavel Károly.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2018

Feature:
Slovenia World Day of Bees

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: April 2018

Description:
In the middle of the inner ring of the coin is the image of honeycomb in a form of a globe, which shows the eastern hemisphere. Around the honeycomb on the left upper side is the inscription ‘SVETOVNI DAN ČEBEL’, and on the lower right side the inscription ‘SLOVENIJA 2018’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2018 (1)

Feature:
The 50th anniversary of King FELIPE VI

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins
Issuing date: February 2018

Description:
The design reproduces King Felipe VI’s coat of arms. On the left hand side, in semi-circle, is the word ‘ESPAÑA’ and below the year of issuance 2018. At the bottom right, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘50 ANIVERSARIO DE S.M. FELIPE VI’. The mint mark is represented at the top right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vaticanstadt 2018 (1)

Feature:
European Year of Cultural Heritage — The Laocoön group

Issuing volume: 101 000 coins
Issuing date: May 2018

Description:
The design features the Statue of Laocoön and His Sons, also called the Laocoön Group, a fundamental work of the world sculpture, foundational for the Vatican Museums. At the center bottom, the inscription of the issuing country ‘Città del VATICANO’. From left to right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘ANNO EUROPEO DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE’. At the top right the year of issuance ‘2018’ and the mintmark ‘R’. At the bottom right the name of the artist ‘D. LONGO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2018 (2)

Feature:
70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Issuing volume: 75 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2018

Description:
The design of the coin depicts seven staircases (representing the seven parishes or administrative divisions of Andorra) in the shape of mountains that lead to the valley, where there is the name of the issuing country ‘ANDORRA’ and the year of issue ‘2018’. These staircases are, at the same time, the branches of a tree symbolizing humankind, of which Andorra is an integral part. 30 leaves come out of the branches of this tree representing the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Catalan inscription ‘70 ANYS DE LA DECLARACIÓ UNIVERSAL DELS DRETS HUMANS’ (70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) surrounds the design, strengthening this commemorative event.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2018 (2)

Feature:
The 50th anniversary of the ESRO 2B satellite

Issuing volume: 260 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2018

Description:
The design shows the ESRO 2B satellite, the first successful satellite of the European Space Research Organization and launched in May 1968, circling around planet Earth. The ESRO 2B, also renamed as ‘IRIS’ (International Radiation Investigation Satellite) once in orbit, was concentrated on solar X-rays, cosmic radiation and Earth’s radiation belts.
The mintmark of Utrecht (the Mercury’s wand) is located on the bottom together with the Belgian mint master mark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, the country code BE and the initials LL referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2018 (2)

Feature:
Berlin (‘Federal States’ (Bundesländer) series)

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The design shows the main building of the Charlottenburg Palace from the side of the Cour d' Honneur. The inner part also features the name ‘BERLIN’ and the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) at the bottom, the issuing country's country code ‘D’ right at the top, the year ‘2018’ left at the top and the engraver's mark left at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2018 (2)

Feature:
The centennial of the independence of Estonia

Issuing volume: 1 million Coins
Issuing date: January 2018

Description:
The design depicts simultaneously the numbers 18 and 100, which symbolize the time when Estonia became an independent country and furthermore reflect the past hundred years. At the bottom right is the text ‘SADA AASTAT EESTI VABARIIKI’ and next to it the name of the country ‘EESTI’ and the year of issuance ‘2018’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2018 (2)

Feature:
Finnish sauna culture

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: October 2018

Description:
The design shows a Finnish landscape with a typical Finnish lakeside sauna placed in the centre. The year of issuance ‘2018’ is placed at the centre bottom. The indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ is at the centre left and the mint mark at the centre right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2018 (2)

Feature:
Simone Veil

Issuing volume: 15 million coins
Issuing date: May/Juni 2018

Description:
The design displays a portrait of Simone Veil, an icon in the combat for women’s rights. Simone Veil, born Jacob, left us in June 2017 at the age of 89. After surviving deportation to Auschwitz, she went on to become one of the most important actors in Europe’s building. She was the first elected president of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1982. She symbolizes the depenalization of abortion she fought for with the law bearing her name voted in 1975. In 2008, she is elected at the French Academy.
Her deportation registration number appears on her collar. The background depicts the European Parliament on which her name, key dates, indication of the country ‘RF’, year of issuance ‘2018’ and the mintmarks are inscribed.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2018 (2)

Feature:
70 years since the union of the Dodecanese with Greece

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2018

Description:
The design features in the central part a rose, the canting badge of Rhodes, inspired from a coin minted by the ancient city of Rhodes, one of the most characteristic coins of the Dodecanese, with stylised waves fanning out from the centre. Inscribed along the inner edge is the wording ‘1948-2018 THE UNION OF THE DODECANESE WITH GREECE’ and ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ (in Greek). Also visible at left is a palmette (the mintmark of the Greek mint) and, at right, the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2018 (2)

Feature:
The 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Italian Ministry of Health

Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Issuing date: March 2018

Description:
The design shows an allegorical representation of Health with some symbols of the activities of the Ministry: Environment, Research, Nutrition and Medicine. On the left the logo ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic; above the mintmark of the Mint of Rome ‘R’; at the base of the female figure the initials of the author Silvia Petrassi. From left to right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘MINISTERO DELLA SALUTE’ and the dates ‘1958-2018’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2018 (2)

Feature:
Zemgale

Issuing volume: 512 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2018

Description:
The design shows the coat of arms of the region of Zemgale. At the top, the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and at the bottom the inscription ‘ZEMGALE’. At the right hand side, the year of issuance ‘2018’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2018 (2)

Feature:
Lithuanian Song and Dance celebration (inscribed on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2018

Description:
The design features stylised figures of people and birds, typical of one of the Lithuanian folk art genres — paper cuttings, symbolic of folk dance and song. The inscription of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’ is at the center bottom, the year of issuance ‘2018’ is at the left hand side and the mark of the Lithuanian Mint is at the right hand side.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2018 (2)

Feature:
The 175th anniversary of the death of the Grand Duke Guillaume Ist

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2018

Description:
The design shows on the right hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, looking to the left and on the left hand the effigy of HRH the Grand Duke Guillaume Ist. Between both effigies are depicted vertically the year-dates ‘1772-1843’ as well as the name ‘Guillaume Ier’. At the bottom appears the text ‘LUXEMBOURG’ and the year-date ‘2018’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2018 (2)

Feature:
Cultural Heritage

Issuing volume: 320 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2018

Description:
The design was created by a school student and depicts a variety of themes intrinsic to Maltese heritage including: an allusion to the prehistoric temples, which are the world’s oldest free-standing structures, a church dome and spire, which is a characteristic feature of the Maltese town and village skyline and a representation of a traditional Maltese boat carrying a Maltese flag. The name of the issuing country ‘Malta’ is at the top of the inner circle of the coin and the year ‘2018’ at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2018 (2)

Feature:
250 years of the Ajuda Botanical Garden (‘Jardim Botânico da Ajuda’)

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2018

Description:
The design shows a very old Dracaena tree that is in the Ajuda Botanical Garden premises and is a symbol of the garden. The Ajuda Botanical Garden is a Technological Support Unit of the Agronomy University. It plays the role of an infrastructure for education and research but is also open to the public. It was the first botanical garden in Portugal projected to preserve, study and collect the most numerous possible species from the plant world. At the top of the design, from left to right, in semi-circle, there is the inscription ‘250 ANOS JARDIM BOTÂNICO DA AJUDA’. At the bottom, from left to right, in semi-circle, there is the isncription ‘PORTUGAL 2018’. Right underneath the image of the trees, at the left side, there are the initials of the artist ‘J. FAZENDA’ and at the right side the mintmark ‘INCM’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2018 (2)

Feature:
420th anniversary of the birth of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Issuing volume: 60 500 coins
Issuing date: September 2018

Description:
The centre of the coin features a detail from Bernini’s sculpture ‘Bust of Costanza Bonarelli’, and the dates ‘1598-2018’; at the edge, on the left is the inscription ‘SAN MARINO’, on the right the inscription ‘BERNINI’, the letter ‘R’ identifying the Mint of Rome and the initials of the artist Annalisa Masini ‘A.M.’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2018 (2)

Feature:
UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites - Santiago

Issuing volume: 300 000 coins
Issuing date: February 2018

Description:
The City of Santiago de Compostela was declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1985, considering its urban beauty and monumental integrity added to the deep echoes of its spiritual and cultural significance of the Middle Ages: the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage.
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.
The design reproduces the sculpture of Santiago as a central figure in the canvas of the Puerta Santa of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. On the left hand side, in semi-circle, is the word “ESPAÑA”, at the bottom left the year of issuance “2018” and underneath the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vaticanstadt 2018 (2)

Feature:
50th Anniversary of the death of Padre Pio

Issuing volume: 101 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2018

Description:
The design features the right profile of a portrait of Padre Pio. At the top, from left to right, in semi-circle is the inscription of the issuing country ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. At the bottom is the inscription ‘Padre Pio’ and at its right the mint mark ‘R’. At the left hand of the design is the year ‘1968’ and at the right is the year of issuance ‘2018’. At the bottom left is the name of the artist ‘P.DANIELE’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2017 (1)

Feature:
Andorra — The Pyrenean country

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2017

Description:
The design reproduces on its upper part a triangle, consisting of three undulating strips representing a simplified version of the map of the country, with the inscriptions ‘Andorra’ and ‘EL PAÍS DELS PIRINEUS’ (the Pyrenean country).
These three elements make up the brand owned by the Government of Andorra, which is used to provide a uniform, consistent and coordinated image to all graphic communication and, at the same time, achieve an unmistakable and instant identification.
The lower part of the design depicts the year of issuance ‘2017’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2017 (1)

Feature:
200th anniversary of the University of Liège

Issuing volume: 200 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2017

Description:
The inner part of the piece represents the logo of the University of Liege, with the dates 1817 — 2017 below, surrounded by the inscription 200 ANS UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE — 200 YEARS UNIVERSITY OF LIEGE and the country indication BE. The mintmark of Brussels, a helmeted head of the Archangel Michael and the mint directors’ mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, are located respectively on the right and left of the country indication.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2017

Feature:
Rhineland-Palatinate (‘Federal States’ (Bundesländer) series)

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2017

Description:
The design shows the Porta Nigra in Trier which is probably the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps.
The inner part also features the name ‘RHEINLAND-PFALZ’ and the issuing country’s code ‘D’ at the bottom. The mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) appears at the left and the year ‘2017’ appears at the top. At the right, the initials of the designer ‘CH’ (Chocola Frantisek).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2017

Feature:
Estonia's Independence

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: July 2017

Description:
The coin features the sinuous trunk of an oak tree where on one side there are depicted the branches and on the other side the leaves. The branches symbolize the time of revolutions and hardships from which the road to Estonia's Independence was paved. The leaves symbolize the strength, achievements and longevity of Estonia. At the bottom left side of the trunk there is the word ‘MAAPÄEV’ (Provisional Assembly of Estonia) and above that the year ‘1917’. At the bottom right side there is the name of the issuing country ‘EESTI’ and below that the year of issuance ‘2017’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2017 (1)

Feature:
Independent Finland 100 years

Issuing volume: 2,5 million coins
Issuing date: April 2017

Description:
The inner part of the coin has a mosaic design, with the more sparsely set pieces on the right forming a cartographic likeness of Finland. The text ‘SUOMI FINLAND’, the year of independence ‘1917’ and the year of issuance ‘2017’ are placed vertically one below another at the left. In the middle right is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2017 (1)

Feature:
Centenary of Auguste Rodin

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: January 2017

Description:
For the 100th anniversary of his passing away, Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the illustrious French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Born in 1840, he is one of the major icons of the realistic style. His works such as The Thinker, The Kiss, The Hell’s Door or The Calais’ Bourgeois remain timeless masterpieces of the world sculpture.
The design represents Auguste Rodin and The Thinker, his best known work, like forehead to forehead. The RF mention standing for République Française is drawn as sculpted on the top of the coin. The name of the artist ‘A. Rodin’ and the relevant dates ‘1917-2017’ are inscribed in his beard.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2017 (1)

Feature:
60 years in memoriam of Nikos Kazantzakis

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2017

Description:
The design features a profile portrait of Nikos Kazantzakis, one of Greece’s greatest 20th century writers. Inscribed along the inner circle, at the left, is the wording ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and the name ‘NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS’ (in Greek). At the top is the year of issuance ‘2017’ and at centre left a palmette (the mint mark of the Greek Mint). Also visible at lower right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2017 (1)

Feature:
400th Anniversary of the completion of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: January 2017

Description:
Façade of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice; in the exergue the dates ‘1617’ and ‘2017’, respectively year of the completion of the Basilica and year of the issue of the coin, beside the logo of the Italian Republic ‘RI’; below the inscription ‘SAN MARCO’; on the right ‘LDS’, initials of the author Luciana De Simoni; on the top the inscription ‘VENEZIA’, and the mintmark of the Mint of Rome ‘R’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2017 (1)

Feature:
Kurzeme

Issuing volume: 530 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2017

Description:
The design shows the coat of arms of the region of Kurzeme. At the top, the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and at the bottom the inscription ‘KURZEME’. At the right hand side, the year of issuance ‘2017’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2017

Feature:
Vilnius

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: July 2017

Description:
The design shows a fragment of the Vilnius city panorama. At the left side is the inscription ‘VILNIUS’ and the mark of the designer. At the top right is the name of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’ and the year of issuance ‘2017’. At the centre is the mintmark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2017 (1)

Feature:
The 50th anniversary of the voluntariness of the Luxembourg army

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2017

Description:
The design shows on the right hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right and on the left hand the text ‘50 Joer Fräiwëllegen-Arméi’ composed as logo. At the top of the design is depicted the year-date ‘2017’, flanked by the mintmark and the initials of the Mintmaster. At the bottom appears the name of the issuing country ‘LËTZEBUERG’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2017 (1)

Feature:
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Maltese prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim

Issuing volume: 405 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2017

Description:
The coin depicts the prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim. At the top right the inscriptions ‘HAGAR QIM’, ‘TEMPLES’ and the years ‘3600-3200 BC’ one under the other. At the bottom left the name of the country of issuance ‘MALTA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2017’. At the bottom right the initials ‘NGB’ of the artist Noel Galea Bason.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2017

Feature:
Carabiniers du Prince (‘Carabiniers’ of the Prince)

Issuing volume: 15 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2017

Description:
The design shows a CARABINIER and in the background the Palace of Monaco. At the top is the inscription ‘MONACO’ flanked by the mintmark and the mint master mark. At the bottom are the years ‘1817-2017’ and underneath the inscription ‘CARABINIERS DU PRINCE’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2017 (1)

Feature:
150 Years of Public Security

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2017

Description:
The design shows human figures and buildings, symbolic representations of citizens and cities, where the public security is mainly assured and the simplified police symbol. The legends include the year ‘1867’ and the year of issue ‘2017’, the country of issue ‘PORTUGAL’, the subject of commemoration (‘SEGURANÇA PÚBLICA’ – Public Security), the three main issues related to citizenship (‘DIREITOS’, ‘LIBERDADES’ e ‘GARANTIAS’ – Rights, Freedoms and Warranties), and the author’s name JOSÉ DE GUIMARÃES.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2017 (1)

Feature:
750th anniversary of the birth of Giotto

Issuing volume: 80 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2017

Description:
On the left a detail from the clock tower of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, one of Giotto’s architectural works; vertically, the words SAN MARINO, GIOTTO and the dates 1267-2017; on the right a detail from the portrait of Giotto and the abbreviation of the artist Luciana De Simoni (LDS); on the bottom, the letter R, indicating the ‘Zecca’ (mint) of Rome.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2017

Feature:
The 550th anniversary of the University Istropolitana

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2017

Description:
The design shows the figure of a teacher and two students positioned before the facade of the building of the former Universitas Istropolitana in Bratislava. In the upper left of the design is a medallion of King Matthias Corvinus, the founder of the university. Above the medallion is the inscription ‘1467’, the year in which the university was opened. The country of issuance ‘SLOVENSKO’ appears at the base of the inner circle, above the year of issuance ‘2017’. Along the left edge of the inner circle is the inscription ‘UNIVERZITA’, and along the right edge ‘ISTROPOLITANA’. In the lower left of the design is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the initials ‘MK’ placed between two dies. Below the mint mark are the stylised letters ‘MP’, the initials of the designer, Mária Poldaufová.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2017

Feature:
The 10th anniversary of the euro in Slovenia

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2017

Description:
The design shows 10 flying swallows which form a circle. At the lower half, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘10 LET SKUPNE EVROPSKE VALUTE’. At the top left the inscription ‘SLOVENIJA 2017’. Between the isncriptions is engraved a dot.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2017

Feature:
Unesco’s World Cultural and and Natural Heritage Sites – Churches of the Kingdom of Asturias

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: February 2017

Description:
The design depicts in the foreground Santa Maria del Naranco Church. At the top of the inner circle and in circular sense is the name of the issuing country ‘ESPAÑA’ and underneath, to the right, the year of issuance ‘2017’. At the left side of the inner circle is the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2017 (1)

Feature:
1950th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Issuing volume: 105 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2017

Description:
The design features Saint Peter and Saint Paul and their symbols, respectively the keys and the sword. At the top is the inscription ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’, in semi-circle. At the bottom, in semi-circle is the inscription ‘1950o DEL MARTIRIO DEI SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO’. At the bottom left is the year of issuance ‘2017’ and at the bottom right is the mint mark ‘R’. Between them is the name of the artist ‘G. TITOTTO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Cyprus 2017

Feature:
Paphos 2017 – European Capital of Culture

Issuing volume: 430 000 coins
Issuing date: 430 000 Münzen

Description:
The design shows the ‘Paphos Ancient Odeon’, a small amphiteatre dating back to the 2nd century AD. Nowadays it is used in the summer for musical theatrical performances and it will be the venue of a number of events to be held within the program of ‘Paphos 2017 – European Capital of Culture’. The issuing country’s name ‘ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS’ and the phrase ‘Πάφος 2017 – Πολιτιστική πρωτεύουσα Ευρώπης’ (i.e. Paphos 2017 – European capital of Culture) are inscribed on the inner part of the national side of the coin.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2017 (2)

Feature:
100 years of the anthem of Andorra

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2017

Description:
The design depicts a partial reproduction of the anthem of Andorra published in 1914. The central part of the design reproduces the first notes of the anthem flanked by an ornamentation of floral style and the inscription ‘Himne Andorrà’ (Andorran anthem).
The upper part of the design shows the year of issuance ‘2017’ and the inscription ‘100 anys de l’himne d’Andorra’ (100 years of the anthem of Andorra).
This coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of its admission as the national anthem of Andorra by agreement of the Consell General (Andorran Parliament) of 2 April 1917.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2017 (2)

Feature:
200th anniversary of the Ghent University

Issuing volume: 200 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2017

Description:
The inner part of the piece represents the logo of the Ghent University, with the dates 1817 - 2017 below, surrounded by the inscription 200 JAAR UNIVERSITEIT GENT – 200 YEARS GHENT UNIVERSITY and the country indication BE. The mintmark of Brussels, a helmeted head of the Archangel Michael and the mint directors’ mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, are located respectively on the right and left of the country indication.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2017 (2)

Feature:
The Finnish nature

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2017

Description:
The inner part of the coin has a design forming a cartographic likeness of the moon seen from Harmaja, Finland. On the top of the moon there is a crow sitting on a branch. The year of issuance ‘2017’ is placed at the center bottom. At the center left is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’. The mint mark is placed center right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2017 (2)

Feature:
25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, symbol of the fight against breast cancer

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: September 2017

Description:
Since the 1990s, the fight against breast cancer has been a major cause around the world. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, iconic symbol of this fight, Monnaie de Paris has decided to support this cause. For nearly 15 years, a pink ribbon prize has been presented every year to support research efforts and innovation.
The design represents a woman’s bust symbolically protected by a hand and the ribbon. It is surrounded, at the right side, by the inscription ‘25e ANNIVERSAIRE DU RUBAN ROSE’ (25th anniversary of the pink ribbon). The right side also features the years ‘1992 – 2017’, the indication of the issuing country ‘RF’ and the mintmarks.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2017 (2)

Feature:
Archaeological site of Philippi

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2017

Description:
The design features part of Basilica B and linear motifs inspired by a border pattern from an ancient Greek mosaic discovered at the site. Inscribed along the inner circle is the wording ‘ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PHILIPPI’ and ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ (in Greek). Also inscribed in the backgound is the year of issuance ‘2017’ and to the right a palmette (the mint mark of the Greek Mint). Visible at the lower left is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2017 (2)

Feature:
Bimillenary of the death of Titus Livius

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: April 2017

Description:
Bust of the Roman historian Titus Livius, taken from a work by Lorenzo Larese Moretti; on the left the logo of the Italian Republic ‘RI’, and ‘C.M.’ initials of the author Claudia Momoni; on the right ‘17’ and ‘2017’, respectively year of the death of Livius and year of the issue of the coin, and the mintmark of the Mint of Rome ‘R’; around circle of dots and the inscription ‘TITO • LIVIO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2017 (2)

Feature:
Latgale

Issuing volume: 530 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2017

Description:
The design shows the coat of arms of the region of Latgale. At the top, the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and at the bottom the inscription ‘LATGALE’. At the right hand side, the year of issuance ‘2017’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2017 (2)

Feature:
The 200th anniversary of the Grand Duke Guillaume III

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2017

Description:
The design shows on the left hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the left and on the right hand the effigy of HRH the Grand-Duke Guillaume III. At the top of the design is depicted the year-date ‘2017’. At the bottom appears the text ‘GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG’. The name ‘GUILLAUME III’ followed by the indication of the year of birth ‘*1817’ is depicted above the respective effigy.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2017 (2)

Feature:
Solidarity and peace

Issuing volume: 380 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2017

Description:
The coin’s theme centres on the concept of solidarity and peace. The design was created by a school student and depicts two children holding the Maltese flag with the dove of peace flying over them. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country ‘Malta’ and at the right side is the year of issuance ‘2017’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2017 (2)

Feature:
150 years of the birth of writer Raul Brandão

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2017

Description:
The design shows the face of Raul Brandão. At the left side is the inscription RAUL BRANDÃO and underneath the years ‘1867’ and ‘2017’. At the bottom right is the inscription of the country of issuance ‘PORTUGAL’ and at the top right is the name of the author ‘LUIS FILIPE DE ABREU’ followed by the mintmark ‘INCM’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2017 (2)

Feature:
International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Issuing volume: 70 500 coins
Issuing date: September 2017

Description:
The design shows in the center Planet Earth surrounded by waves; to the right a circle with the letter A, symbol of the designer Andrew Lewis. Arched, above the writing “TURISMO SOSTENIBILE”, below “SAN MARINO” and the year “2017”; to the right the initials of the engraver Uliana Pernazza “UP INC.”; to the left the letter “R” of the Italian Mint which took care of the mintage.
The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The idea of sustainable Tourism indicates a kind of travelling that respects the planet, it doesn’t alter the natural, social and artistic environment and it doesn’t inhibit the growth of social and economic activities. It is a kind of tourism opposite to mass tourism and it tends to promote the weakest economies. The Republic of San Marino dedicated a 2 euro commemorative coin, designed by the Canadian artist Andrew Lewis to this theme, in order to promote a new mentality and to encourage tourists’ respect for environment.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2017 (2)

Feature:
Centenary of the Fatima apparitions

Issuing volume: 105 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2017

Description:
The design features the three young shepherds to whom Mary appeared, on the background the Sanctuary of Fatima. At the top is the inscription ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’ in semi-circle and right under is the year ‘1917’. Underneath the year, from left to right, is the inscription ‘FATIMA 2017’. At the left side is the mintmark ‘R’ and at the bottom the name of the designer ‘O.ROSSI’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2016 (1)

Feature:
25th anniversary of the Radio and Television of Andorra

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2016

Description:
The design shows a microphone and an antenna circled by several circular lines with the inscription ‘25è ANIVERSARI DE RÀDIO I TELEVISIÓ D’ANDORRA’, the year of issuance ‘2016’ and the name of the State of issuance ‘ANDORRA’. This commemorative coin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Andorran public media with the beginning of the broadcast of the Andorran public radio and public television.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2016 (1)

Feature:
Olympic Games

Issuing volume: 375 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2016

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts, from top to bottom, a stylised figure, the five Olympic rings and the inscription ‘TEAM BELGIUM’. The year 2016 is written on the left-hand side of the coin. The country code ‘BE’ appears on the right-hand side of the coin, between the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael, and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2016

Feature:
Saxony (‘Federal States’ (Bundesländer) series)

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2016

Description:
The design shows a view from the inner yard of the world-famous Dresden Zwinger to the Crown Gate. The inner part also features the name ‘SACHSEN’ and the issuing country’s country code ‘D’ at the bottom, the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) as well as the engraver’s mark (the initials ‘JT’ — Jordi Truxa) right at the top and the year ‘2016’ left at the top.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2016

Feature:
The 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: January 2016

Description:
The coin features a portrait of the great Estonian chess player Paul Keres with some chess pieces. At the top left in semi-circle is the inscription ‘PAUL KERES’. At the left side is the name of the issuing country ‘EESTI’ and underneath is the year of issuance ‘2016’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2016 (1)

Feature:
The Finnish writer and lyricist Eino Leino

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: April 2016

Description:
At the inner part of the coin is a flame, and a poker pointing upwards to the right. The inscription ‘EINO LEINO’, in semi-circle and the year of issuance ‘2016’ are placed at the right. At the bottom left is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2016 (1)

Feature:
2016 UEFA European Championship

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: January 2016

Description:
Held every four years since 1960, the UEFA men’s football European Championship, commonly referred to as ‘the Euro’, will take place in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Euro 2016, the fifteenth edition of the European Football Championship, is organised by the Union of European Football Associations and brings together the best men’s football teams in Europe.
The winner of the competition receives a small-scale version of the Henri Delaunay Cup, named after the man who invented the competition.
The design of the coin features the Henri Delaunay Cup in the middle of an outline map of France, along with the two marks of the Paris Mint. The letters RF for République Française (French Republic) are to the right of the map of France, and the name of the competition ‘UEFA EURO 2016 France’ is written above it. Below the map, a football stands out in the foreground. All of this is set on a background that features graphical elements representing the competition.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2016 (1)

Feature:
150 years from the Arkadi Monastery Torching

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2016

Description:
The design features the Arkadi Monastery. Inscribed, at centre, is the wording ‘ARKADI MONASTERY’ and along the inner edge at left ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’, in Greek. Visible at upper right is the year of issuance ‘2016’ and below the central inscription a palmette (the mintmark of the Greek Mint). Inscribed at lower right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Ireland 2016

Feature:
100. Jahrestag des Osteraufstands von 1916 in Irland

Issuing volume: 4,5 million coins
Issuing date: January 2016

Description:
The designs shows the statue of Hibernia which stands on the top of the General Post Office building whose seizure back in 1916 marked the beginning of the Easter rising. She is a symbol of Ireland. Her name was taken from the ancient Greek reference for Ireland and her form was realised by the sculptor John Smyth. She is viewed as a witness to the events of 1916 and for one hundred years since she has seen the nation blossom before her based on the ideals set out in the Proclamation. She continues to look forward and is a symbol of the past, present and future of the country. At the top of the inner circle, the inscription ‘HIBERNIA’ appears in hand-rendered lettering that takes influence form the historic Book of Kells. The sunrays reflect well the underlying concept of the Rising and the Proclamation e.g. dawning of the new nation/Republic. The image of the statue is flanked by the years ‘1916’ and ‘2016’. At the bottom of the inner circle appears the name of the issuing country ‘éire’ and underneath it the year of issuance ‘2016’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2016 (1)

Feature:
550th Anniversary of the death of Donatello

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: March 2016

Description:
Head of the David by Donatello (detail of the bronze sculpture kept in Florence, National Museum of Bargello): on the left the logo of the Italian Republic ‘RI’; below on two lines, ‘1466’ and ‘2016’; on the right ‘C.M.’, the initials of the author Claudia Momoni; below ‘DONATELLO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2016 (1)

Feature:
Latvian agricultural industry

Issuing volume: 1,01 million coins
Issuing date: June 2016

Description:
The designs shows a Latvian brown cow which is one of the symbols of Latvian dairy farming both in folklore and in life. Underneath the design, at the left side there is the inscription of the year of issuance ‘2016’ and at the bottom of the inner circle the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2016

Feature:
The Baltic culture

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: May 2016

Description:
The design shows an amber disc, one of the most characteristic symbols of the Baltic culture. The disc is decorated with a crosspiece of drilled dots — an ornament symbolising the world’s axis. At the top is the name of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’, flanked by the mint mark and the year of issuance ‘2016’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2016

Feature:
The 50th anniversary of the bridge ‘Grand Duchess Charlotte’

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: Erstes Quartal 2016

Description:
The design shows the bridge ‘Grand Duchess Charlotte’ which is the main route connecting the city centre of Luxembourg to the urban quarter of Kirchberg, the site of the city’s European Union institutions. The text ‘Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte’ (Bridge Grand Duchess Charlotte) and underneath the year ‘1966’ are inscribed on the image of the bridge. At the top of the design are depicted the effigy of the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and at its left the year of issuance ‘2016’. At the bottom appears the name of the issuing country ‘LUXEMBOURG’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2016 (1)

Feature:
Ġgantija Temples

Issuing volume: 350 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2016

Description:
The coin depicts the Ġgantija Temples situated on the Island of Gozo. Ġgantija is a megalithic temple complex dating to the Neolithic ages. It is one of the world's oldest free-standing structures, as well as one of the oldest religious structures. Built approximately in the 36th century BC, Ġgantija pre-dates Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids. At the top right the inscription ‘ĠGANTIJA TEMPLES’ and underneath the years ‘3800-3200 BC’. At the bottom left the name of the country of issuance ‘MALTA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2016’, flanked by the mint master mark and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2016

Feature:
The 150th anniversary of the foundation of Monte Carlo by Charles III

Issuing volume: 15 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2016

Description:
The design shows CHARLES III within the background MONTE CARLO. At the top is the name of the issuing country ‘MONACO’ flanked by the mint mark and the mint master mark. At the bottom, in semi-circle from left to right is the inscription ‘1866 CHARLES III FONDE MONTE CARLO 2016’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Austria 2016

Feature:
200 years of Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Issuing volume: 16 million coins
Issuing date: January 2016

Description:
The design depicts two gods of Roman mythology featured in the carved relief above the entrance to the main building of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB): to the left, Mercury, the messenger of the gods and the god of merchants and commerce; to the right, Fortuna, the goddess of fate and prosperity, who is portrayed with a horn of plenty. The background picture, running from the left to the right edges of the core, shows the OeNB’s main premises. An ornamental band hugging the bottom of the coin centre evokes the red-white-red pattern of the Austrian national flag, with hatched vertical lines symbolizing the colour red, as laid down in the rules of heraldic design. The years ‘1816’ and ‘2016’ to the left of Mercury refer to the OeNB’s founding year and its bicentennial. The inscriptions running along the edges of the gold-coloured centre read ‘Republik Österreich’ (Republic of Austria) and ‘200 Jahre Oesterreichische Nationalbank’ (200 years Oesterreichische Nationalbank).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2016 (1)

Feature:
Portuguese Team participating in the Olympic Games — Rio 2016

Issuing volume: 650 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2016

Description:
The design depicts a visual composition based on the well-known work of art signed by the author, Mrs Joanna Vasconcelos, the ‘Heart of Viana’, inspired by traditional jewelry from the North of Portugal (around the city of Viana do Castelo). It symbolises the support of the Portuguese people to the national team by the occasion of the Games. At the left and the right, in semi-circle, are the inscriptions ‘JOANA VASCONCELOS’ and ‘EQUIPA OLÍMPICA DE PORTUGAL 2016’, respectively. At the bottom is the mintmark ‘INCM’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2016 (1)

Feature:
550th anniversary of the death of Donatello

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2016

Description:
The design depicts, in the foreground on the left, a portrait of David, being a detail of the bronze sculpture by Donatello. At centre top, the mintmark ‘R’; on the right, the name of the issuing country ‘SAN MARINO’; at bottom right, the inscription ‘Donatello’, the dates ‘1466-2016’ and, in the centre, the initials of the artist ‘MB’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2016

Feature:
The first Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: March 2016

Description:
The design centres on the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic, shown against a background of dynamic centripetal lines representing the position and importance of the Slovak Republic during its presidency of the Council of the European Union. To the right of the coat of arms: the year ‘2016’. Around the edge of the inner circle: the country name ‘SLOVENSKO’ (Slovakia) and the inscription ‘PREDSEDNÍCTVO SR V RADE EÚ’ (Slovak Presidency of the EU Council), separated by graphical symbols. The mint mark of Kremnica Mint, composed of the letters ‘MK’ between two die, and the stylised initials of the designer of the national side, Vladimír Pavlica, ‘VP’, are in the lower part of the composition.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Slovenia 2016

Feature:
The 25th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Slovenia

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: June 2016

Description:
Over the left part of the inner circle is obliquely positioned a line. At its right, in the upper part of the coin is the inscription ‘25 LET’ and below it the inscription ‘REPUBLIKA SLOVENIJA’. Underneath these inscriptions is the original Prešeren’s written record of the part of the Slovenian hymn Zdravljica ‘dočákat’ dan’. At the bottom of the inner circle is the year ‘2016’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2016

Feature:
Unesco’s World Cultural and and Natural Heritage Sites — Segovia

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: February 2016

Description:
The design depicts in the foreground the aqueduct of Segovia. At the top of the inner circle and in circular sense is the name of the issuing country ‘ESPAÑA’ and underneath it the year of issuance ‘2016’. At the top right is the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2016 (1)

Feature:
The 200th anniversary of the Vatican Guard

Issuing volume: 105 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2016

Description:
The national face features a Vatican Guard in front of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. At the top, in semi-circle is the inscription ‘CORPO DELLA GENDARMERIA 1816-2016’. At the bottom, in semi-circle is the name of the issuing country ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. The mint mark ‘R’ appears at the left of the design and the name of the designer ‘D. Longo’ appears at the right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2016 (2)

Feature:
150 years of the New Reform 1866

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2016

Description:
The design shows the main room of ‘Casa de la Vall’ (premises of the Andorran Parliament) with the inscription ‘150 ANYS DE LA NOVA REFORMA DE 1866’, the year of issuance ‘2016’ and the name of the State of issuance ‘ANDORRA’. This commemorative coin celebrates the 150 years of the New Reform Decree, one of the biggest steps on the Andorran and on the Consell General (Andorran Parliament) history, which represented a social and political transformation in the Principality of Andorra.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2016 (2)

Feature:
International Missing Children’s Day

Issuing volume: 1,02 Milionen coins
Issuing date: May 2016

Description:
The inner part of the coin displays in its centre the face of a child surrounded by the words ‘MISSING-DISPARU-VERMIST’, ‘WWW.CHILDFOCUS.BE’ and the trilingual indication of nationality ‘BELGIQUE-BELGIE-BELGIEN’ followed by the year 2016. The mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint appear to the left and right respectively of the face.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2016 (2)

Feature:
The 100th anniversary of the birth of philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: October 2016

Description:
At the inner part of the coin is an ancient Doric pillar, and an oak branch at the left. The inscription ‘GEORG HENRIK VON WRIGHT’ is placed in semi-circle from left to right and the year of issuance ‘2016’ is placed on the top at the right. On the top at the left is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2016 (2)

Feature:
François Mitterrand

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: October 2016

Description:
The design shows a profile of a pensive François Mitterrand. Adjacent is his personal emblem of a half oak/half olive tree. Above are the dates marking the centenary of his birth (‘1916’ and ‘2016’) and his name. At the bottom, the indication of the issuing country ‘RF’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2016 (2)

Feature:
120 years from the birth of Dimitri Mitropoulos

Issuing volume: 750 000
Issuing date: December 2016

Description:
The design features the portrait of Dimitri Mitropoulos against the background of music notes. Inscribed along the inner edge at left is the wording ‘120 YEARS OF THE BIRTH OF DIMITRI MITROPOULOS’ and ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’, in Greek. At upper left apears the year of issuance ‘2016’ and a palmette (the mintmark of the Greek Mint). Visible at lower right is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2016 (2)

Feature:
2 200th Anniversary of the death of Tito Maccio Plauto

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: March 2016

Description:
Theatre masks representing two characters of the New Comedy, the young woman and the slave, from a mosaic of the II century A.D. (Rome, Capitoline Museums); around construction plan of a Roman theatre and the logo of the Italian Republic ‘RI’; on the left side ‘R’ and on the right side ‘LDS’, initials of the author Luciana De Simoni; below ‘184 a. C.’, ‘2016’ and ‘PLAUTO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2016 (2)

Feature:
Vidzeme

Issuing volume: 1,03 million coins
Issuing date: November 2016

Description:
The designs shows the coat of arms of the historical region of Latvia — Vidzeme or Livland. At the top there is the inscription of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and at the bottom the inscription ‘VIDZEME’. At the right is the year of issuance ‘2016’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2016 (2)

Feature:
The role of the Malta Community Chest Fund in Society

Issuing volume: 380 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2016

Description:
This coin is envisaged to commemorate the role of the Malta Community Chest Fund in Society through a programme for secondary school students entitled ‘From Children in Solidarity’. This programme identifies the social role of children in five different areas with the first theme being ‘Solidarity through Love’. This design was created by Ms Sarah Cilia a secondary school student who has expressed this theme through two hands forming a heart shape which displays a representation of the Maltese flag. At the bottom of the design is the inscription ‘MALTA 2016’. Two stylised representations of human bodies are designed on the left wrist and two on the right one.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2016 (2)

Feature:
50 years of the first bridge uniting the two riverbanks of the Tejo River

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2016

Description:
The design depicts the image of the bridge. At the top right is the inscription ‘PORTUGAL’. At the bottom right are the inscriptions ‘PONTE’, ‘25 DE ABRIL’, ‘1966’ and ‘2016’, one below the other. At the bottom left is the mintmark ‘INCM’ and at the bottom centre is the name of the designer ‘JOSÉ AURÉLIO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2016 (2)

Feature:
400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2016

Description:
The design depicts a portrait of the poet. On the right, in a semi-circle, the dates ‘1616-2016’ and the name of the issuing country ‘San Marino’; on the bottom right, the initials of the artist ‘MB’. On the left, in a semi-circle, the inscription ‘William Shakespeare’; on the bottom left, the mintmark ‘R’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2016 (2)

Feature:
Jubilee of Mercy

Issuing volume: 105 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2016

Description:
The national face features St Martin of Tours sharing his cloak with a poor man. The design is surrounded by the inscriptions ‘GIUBILEO DELLA MISERICORDIA’ at the left and ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’ at the right, both in semi-circle. At the right there is as well the year of issuance ‘2016’ and at the bottom the mint mark ‘R’ and the name of the artist ‘M. CRISCIOTTI’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 412.500 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country in the three national languages ‘BELGIE-BELGIQUE-BELGIEN’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years are the mint master mark and the mint mark, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 30.125.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2015

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 350.000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The design shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘EESTI’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 500.000 coins
Issuing date: August 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘SUOMI FINLAND’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 4.020.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The design shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years are the mint mark and the mint master mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 750.000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country HELLENIC REPUBLIC in Greek and the years ‘1985-2015’. In between the flag and the years is the mint mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Ireland 2015

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 1.000.000 coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘éiRe’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 1.005.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘REPUBBLICA ITALIANA’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark R. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 1.010.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 750.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 507.500 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘LËTZEBUERG’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. In between the flag and the years is the mint master mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 300.000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top is the issuing country ‘MALTA’ and at the right the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Netherlands 2015

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 1.000.000 coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top is the issuing country ‘NEDERLAND’. At the right are the years ‘1985-2015’. In between the flag and the years is the mint master mark and the mint mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Austria 2015

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 2.500.000 coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 520.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark ‘INCM’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 1.000.000 coins
Issuing date: September 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the initials ‘MK’ placed between two dies. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 1.000.000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘SLOVENIJA’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 4.010.000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country ‘ESPAÑA’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years is the mint mark. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Cyprus 2015

Feature:
The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

Issuing volume: 350.000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the name of the issuing country ‘ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2015 (1)

Feature:
25th anniversary of the Signature of the Customs Agreement with the European Union

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The design shows at the top the map of Andorra with the coat of arms of the Principality highlighted inside it. At the bottom of the design, two opposing arrows interlaced, symbolising the Customs Agreement between Andorra and the EU, show the years that are being commemorated ‘1990’ and ‘2015’ (the latter is also the year of issue of the coin) and the name of the issuing country ‘ANDORRA’. Surrounding the map of Andorra appears the inscription ‘25è aniversari de la Signatura de l’Acord Duaner amb la Unió Europea’ (25th anniversary of the Signature of the Customs Agreement with the European Union).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2015 (2)

Feature:
2015 – European Year for Development

Issuing volume: 250 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2015

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts a hand holding a globe of the Earth with a plant in the foreground. The inscription ‘2015 EUROPEAN YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT’ features in an arc above the globe. The country code ‘BE’ appears beneath the hand while the signature mark of the Master of the Mint and the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael, are to its left.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2015 (2)

Feature:
Hessen from the 'Lander' series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2015

Description:
The design depicts a classic perspective on St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt (the ‘Paulskirche’ was the seat of Germany’s first freely elected legislative body in 1849 and is regarded as the cradle of German democracy) and is therefore the perspective possessing the greatest recognition value. The design incisively brings out the tension between the dominant tower and the elliptical structure of the church. The slightly exaggerated flight of steps has an inviting quality while simultaneously offering support to the subjacent inscription ‘HESSEN’ (the Federal State of Hessen in which St. Paul’s Church is situated).The inner part also features the year ‘2015’ and the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) at the left side as well as the issuing country’s indication ‘D’ and the engraver’s mark (the initials ‘HH’ — Heinz Hoyer) at the right side.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2015 (2)

Feature:
The 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2015

Description:
At the inner part of the coin is sky with stars, tree tops at the right. The text ‘JEAN SIBELIUS’ and the year of issuance ‘2015’ are placed at the left inner part of the coin. At the right is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2015 (2)

Feature:
Europe building peace and security since 1945

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2015

Description:
In the coin’s central field is a modern graphic representation of a dove. It is carrying an olive branch, the symbol of peace, whose branches have been replaced by the 12 stars of the European flag. The 28 countries of the European Union are represented by the ISO code for each country. The letters RF (République Française) are at the bottom of the coin. The mint marks are on the left-hand side and the year 2015 on the right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2015 (2)

Feature:
75 years in memoriam of Spyros Louis

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: 3. Quartal 2015

Description:
The design shows Spyros Louis and the cup that he was awarded, against the background with the Panathenaic Stadium. Inscribed along the inner edge is the country of issuance ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and ‘75 YEARS IN MEMORIAM OF SPYROS LOUIS’ (in Greek). Above the cup appears the year of issuance ‘2015’ and to the right a palmette (the mint mark of the Greek Mint). Visible at the bottom of the design is the monogram of the artist (George Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2015 (2)

Feature:
EXPO Milano 2015

Issuing volume: 3,5 million coins
Issuing date: March 2015

Description:
The design depicts a composition symbolising the fertility of Earth: on a semicircle indicating the terrestrial sphere, a seed fed by the water waits to sprout; above the Earth, a vine, an olive twig and an ear grow from a tree trunk; around, the inscription ‘NUTRIRE IL PIANETA’; on the left the initials of the designer Maria Grazia Urbani, ‘MGU’; on the right, the monogram of Italian Republic ‘RI’ and ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome; in the middle, logo of the EXPO MILANO 2015.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2015 (2)

Feature:
Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: January 2015

Description:
The design shows the official logo of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The logo is complemented by the lettering ‘LATVIJAS PREZIDENTŪRA ES PADOMĒ’ (LATVIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION) and the website of the Presidency ‘EU2015.LV’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Lithuania 2015 (2)

Feature:
The Lithuanian language

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The design shows the word ‘AČIŪ’(THANK YOU) — one of the most beautiful words in the Lithuanian language. An original Lithuanian font — created specially on the basis of the Latin font for the occasion of the centenary of the restoration of Lithuanian press — in order to match better the combinations of letters used most in the Lithuanian language, is used in the project. All the letters of the Lithuanian language are depicted on the background of the word ‘AČIŪ’, laid out in a tag cloud. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’ and underneath the name is the year ‘2015’. At the bottom right, under the word ‘AČIŪ’ is the mint mark of the Lithuanian Mint.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2015 (2)

Feature:
15th anniversary of the accession to the throne of H.R.H. the Grand Duke

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: March 2015

Description:
The coin depicts their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and the Grand Duchess. The year of accession ‘2000’, the issuing country ‘Luxembourg’ and the year mark ‘2015’ appear above them. Below them appears the inscription ‘15e anniversaire de l’accession au trône de S.A.R. le Grand-Duc’ (15th anniversary of the accession to the throne of H.R.H. the Grand Duke).
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2015 (2)

Feature:
First flight from Malta

Issuing volume: 300 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2015

Description:
The coin commemorates an important milestone in Maltese aviation history — the 100 years since the first flight from Malta. It was on 13 February 1915 that Captain Kilmer took off from the Grand Harbour on a seaplane that was carried by HMS Ark Royal. The plane landed in the harbour after a 55-minute flight. The coin depicts Captain Kilmer’s seaplane with Senglea Point, a prominent feature in the Grand Harbour, in the background. At the top the inscription ‘FIRST FLIGHT FROM MALTA’ in semi-circle. At the right the years ‘1915-2015’. At the bottom left the inscription ‘100TH ANNIVERSARY’ and at the bottom the initials of the designer ‘NGB’ (Noel Galea Bason).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2015

Feature:
800th anniversary of the construction of the first Castle on the rock

Issuing volume: 10 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2015

Description:
The design shows a tower on the top of the rock. At the top the name of the issuing country ‘MONACO’ flanked by the Paris mint mark and the mint master mark. At the bottom, the inscription ‘FONDATION DE LA FORTERESSE’ (Foundation of the fortress), flanked by the years ‘1215’ and ‘2015’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2015 (2)

Feature:
150th Anniversary of the Portuguese Red Cross

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2015

Description:
The design depicts a visual composition based on the well-known cross, symbol of the organisation, replicated several times to represent the expansion of the humanitarian action both in Portugal and abroad. The contour of a hand in the background symbolises the different kinds of help given by the organisation to the people, mostly medical, but also and among others: cooperating, constructing and supporting. At the left side, in semicircle, the inscription ‘CRUZ VERMELHA PORTUGUESA’. At the top, the Coat of Arms and the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’ and at the bottom the years ‘1865’ and ‘2015’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2015 (1)

Feature:
The 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri

Issuing volume: 104 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2015

Description:
The design by Annalisa Masini shows a portrait of Dante, taken from a fresco by Botticelli. At the right of the portrait, the inscription ‘DANTE’ on a vertical axis. At the right of the inner centre, the name of the issuing country ‘SAN MARINO’ in semi-circle. Between these two inscriptions, the mint mark ‘R’, the years ‘1265’ and ‘2015’ and the initials of the artist ‘AM’. The lettering style used in identifying the nation and the coin's subject was inspired by lettering in the first copies of the Divina Commedia (Dante’s Divine Comedy).
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2015 (2)

Feature:
The 200th anniversary of the birth of Ľudovít Štúr

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
The design depicts a portrait of Ľudovít Štúr. Inscribed to the right of the portrait, parallel to the edge of the inner part of the coin, are the year of issuance ‘2015’ and, further right along the edge, the name of issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’. Inscribed to the left of the portrait, parallel to the inner edge, are the dates of Štúr’s birth and death ‘1815–1856’ and, further left along the edge, the name ‘ĽUDOVÍT ŠTÚR’. In the upper right part of the design is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the initials ‘MK’ placed between two dies. In the lower right part are the stylised letters ‘IŘ’, the initials of the designer, Ivan Řehák.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2015 (2)

Feature:
Emona-Ljubljana

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2015

Description:
The central image of the coin is the composition of letters that form the word ‘EMONA’ or ‘AEMONA’ and a stylised design of Emona. At the bottom, in circular sense, the inscription ‘EMONA LJUBLJANA SLOVENIJA 2015’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2015 (2)

Feature:
Unesco’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites — Cave of Altamira

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: February 2015

Description:
The design depicts in the foreground the bison painting from the Cave of Altamira located in Cantabria. In the upper side of the image, in circular sense and with capital letters, the word ‘ESPAÑA’, at the bottom the year of issuance ‘2015’ and at the right the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2015

Feature:
The VIII World Meeting of Families

Issuing volume: 122 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
The design depicts two families which ideally embrace the whole Earth. At the top, the year of issuance ‘2015’. At the left side, the name of the artist ‘C. Principe’. The mint mark R appears on the arm of one family member at the right. The design is surrounded by the inscription ‘VIII INCONTRO MONDIALE DELLE FAMIGLIE’ (The VIII World Meeting of Families), from the left to the right in semi-circle and ‘CITTA' DEL VATICANO’ at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2015 (2)

Feature:
30th anniversary of the Coming of Age and Political Rights to the Men and Women turning 18 years old

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2015

Description:
The design shows a partial reproduction of a young person casting a vote. The ballot that the figure is holding reproduces the inscription ‘ANDORRA’. To the left of the figure there are the years that are being commemorated ‘1985’ and ‘2015’ (the latter is the year of issue of the coin as well). A shorter inscription of the commemoration surrounds the whole design ‘30è ANIVERSARI MAJORIA D’EDAT ALS 18 ANYS’ (30th anniversary Coming of Age at 18 years old).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2015 (3)

Feature:
25 years of German Unity

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2015

Description:
The people in the foreground, who embody a new beginning and the advance towards a better future, are standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German unity. The rendering of the statement Wir sind ein Volk (‘we are one people’) — a collective expression of will by German citizens – represents the path forwards towards German reunification. The inner part also features the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) as well as the issuing country’s country code ‘D’ and the engraver’s mark (the initials ‘BW’ — Bernd Wendhut).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2015 (3)

Feature:
The 150th anniversary of the birth of artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
On the top of the design there is a swimming swan of Tuonela. The water below the swan is waving from the descending spirit. The indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ is at the right end of the horizon line. At the bottom of the design there is the artist’s palette with Gallen-Kallela’s year of birth ‘1865’ and the year of issuance ‘2015’. Next to the pallet is the mint mark. The artist’s name ‘AKSELI GALLEN KALLELA’ is on the ring of the coin, below the horizon line.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2015 (3)

Feature:
225th anniversary of the Fête de la Fédération (Festival of the Federation)

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: July 2015

Description:
The French national holiday brings the people of France together in celebration of the Republic. The design shows Marianne, the symbol of the Republic, depicted in profile in a graphic, contemporary style. She is wearing the Phrygian cap. On the right the tricolour cockade appears in outline above the letters RF. The year is written in the centre of the coin. The left side features a stanza from the poem ‘Liberté’ by the French poet Paul Eluard, an allusion to the motto of the French Republic. The mint marks appear alongside this extract.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2015 (3)

Feature:
750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri 1265-2015

Issuing volume: 3,5 million coins
Issuing date: July 2015

Description:
The design shows Dante with an open book in his left hand and the Purgatory mountain at the back: detail from the illustration of the Divine Comedy painted by Domenico di Michelino (1417-1491) in the Dome of S. Maria del Fiore in Florence; in the centre, the monogram of the Italian Republic ‘RI’; at the right the inscription ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome; below the inscription ‘SP’, initials of Silvia Petrassi and the dates ‘1265 2015’, i.e. the year of the anniversary and that of the coin’s issue respectively; arch shaped, the inscription ‘DANTE ALIGHIERI’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2015 (3)

Feature:
Endangered nature – the Black Stork

Issuing volume: 1,01 million coins
Issuing date: October 2015

Description:
The design shows a black stork (Ciconia nigra) which is considered to be one of the nature conservation flagship species in Europe. In 2005 the Black Stork Protection Plan was adopted in Latvia. At the bottom of the design is the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2015’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2015 (3)

Feature:
125th anniversary of the House of Nassau-Weilburg

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: August 2015

Description:
On the left of the coin is the effigy of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri, and on the right, in a circular arrangement, and in chronological order of their accession to the throne, the portraits of their Royal Highnesses Grand Dukes Adolphe and Guillaume IV, Grand Duchesses Marie-Adélaïde and Charlotte, and Grand Duke Jean. To the right, also in circular format, is the inscription ‘1890 - Dynastie Nassau-Weilbourg’. The name of the issuing country, ‘Luxembourg’, and the year, ‘2015’, run vertically in the centre of the design.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2015 (3)

Feature:
Republic of Malta 1974

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2015

Description:
The coin is the last in a series of five commemorating Maltese constitutional milestones. Malta was declared a republic on 13 December 1974 following constitutional changes which were agreed upon by a great majority in Malta’s Parliament. The design reproduces a marble tablet affixed to the façade of the Presidential Palace in Valletta to mark Malta’s change from a monarchy to a republic. At the top right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘MALTA — Republic 1974’. At the bottom, the year ‘2015’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2015 (3)

Feature:
500 years of the first contacts with Timor, nowadays an independent Portuguese speaking country (Timor Lorosae)

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2015

Description:
The design depicts a XVI Century ship, representing the arrival of the Portuguese navigators to the island, and a local house thatched roof top, including the typical wood sculptures, permanent memories of myths and legends. The one depicted on the coin represents the history of the first inhabitants, who arrived by boat from other parts of the Asian continent and the importance of the horse to travel around the steep mountains which cover most of the island. At the top right, the year ‘1515’ and the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’. At the bottom left, the inscription ‘TIMOR’ and the year ‘2015’. At the bottom, the signature of the artist Fernando Fonseca.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2015 (2)

Feature:
25th anniversary of the German reunification

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2015

Description:
The design shows the Brandenburg Gate which during the Cold War was located in East Berlin, in two representations which are intertwined like two hands, symbolizing the reunification of the two parts of Berlin. At the left the mint mark ‘R’ and the initials of the artist ‘ES’ (Erik Spiekermann). In circle around the design are the inscription ‘25o ANNIVERSARIO DELLA RIUNIFICAZIONE DELLA GERMANIA 1990-2015’ (25th anniversary of the German reunification) and the country and year of issuance ‘San Marino MMXV’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Andorra 2014

Feature:
20 years in the Council of Europe

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: February 2014

Description:
The design shows at the centre left the coat of arms of Andorra followed by the inscription ‘20’ where the zero is stylised to represent the Council of Europe’s flag. At the top are the inscriptions ‘ANDORRA’ and underneath ‘AL CONSELL D’EUROPA’. The year ‘2014’ appears at the bottom left followed by an oblique line.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2014 (1)

Feature:
Centenary of the start of the First World War

Issuing volume: 1,75 million
Issuing date: April 2014

Description:
The coin’s central field depicts a poppy above the years 2014-18. Below these years appears the inscription ‘The Great War Centenary’, under which are the signature mark of the Master of the Mint and the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael. The top of the central field features the trilingual inscription ‘BELGIE — BELGIQUE — BELGIEN’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2014

Feature:
Niedersachsen from the ‘Lander’ series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2014

Description:
The desigh shows the Church of St. Michael in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony which has been on the Unesco World Cultural Heritage list since 1985. At the top the year of issuance ‘2014’ and at the left the mintmark (A, D, F, G, J). At the bottom, the inscription ‘NIEDERSACHSEN’ and underneath the indication of the issuing country ‘D’. At the top right, the initials of the engraver OE (Ott Erich).
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2014 (1)

Feature:
100th Anniversary of the birth of author and artist Tove Jansson

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: June 2014

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts Tove Jansson’s portrait. Under the portrait the signature ‘Tove Jansson’ and the years ‘1914-2001’. At the left the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’. At the right the year of issuance ‘2014’ and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2014 (1)

Feature:
70th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944

Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Issuing date: June 2014

Description:
In the coin’s central field the word D-DAY is written in such a way as to depict a landing craft and a tank gun barrel. The years 1944-2014 appear above the tank gun, with the inscription ‘70e anniversaire du débarquement’ (70th anniversary of the landings) further down. The distinctive footprints left by the boots worn by American, British and Canadian troops are gradually disappearing in the sand, washed away by a wave. The words of a poem by Verlaine used as a code for the start of the landings are engraved on the wave: ‘Les sanglots longs des violons de l’automne blessent mon coeur d’une langueur monotone’ (the long sobs of the violins of autumn wound my heart with a monotonous languor).
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2014 (1)

Feature:
400 years since the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1614-2014)

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2014

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows a portrait of Domenikos Theotokopoulos. The background features a typical figure from his work, illustrative of his technique. On the left: the year 2014 and the characteristic signature of the artist (‘Domenikos Theotokopoulos Epoiei’). On the right: the mint mark of the Greek State Mint. The entire design is encircled in an inscription reading in Greek ‘DOMENIKOS THEOTOKOPOULOS 1541-1614’ and the name of the issuing country ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2014 (1)

Feature:
200th Anniversary of the foundation of Arma dei Carabinieri

Issuing volume: 6,5 million coins
Issuing date: June 2014

Description:
The design shows a reinterpretation of the sculpture ‘Pattuglia di Carabinieri nella tormenta’ made in 1973 by Antonio Berti; on the right, superimposed letters of the Italian Republic monogram ‘RI’/2014; on the left, 1814; up, superimposed letters R (monogram of the Mint of Rome); in exergue, LDS (monogram of the Author Luciana De Simoni)/CARABINIERI.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Latvia 2014

Feature:
Riga — European Capital of Culture 2014

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: September 2014

Description:
The central image of the coin shows the skyline of Riga and the historic centre of the city that has been included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the top of the image, the inscription ‘EIROPAS KULTURAS GALVASPILSETA’ (European capital of culture) and at the bottom the name of the celebrated city and the year of issuance ‘RIGA — 2014’, and underneath the indication of the issuing country ‘LV’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2014 (1)

Feature:
The 175th anniversary of the independence of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2014

Description:
The coin depicts on the right hand side of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right, and on the left hand side of its inner part, vertically positioned, the years ‘1839’ and ‘2014’ and the name of the issuing country ‘LËTZEBUERG’. The inscriptions ‘ONOFHÄNGEGKEET’ and ‘175 Joër’ appear at the bottom of the inner part of the coin.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2014 (1)

Feature:
Malta Independence 1964

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2014

Description:
The coin commemorating the Malta Independence constitution of 1964 is the fourth in the series of five coins that commemorate constitutional milestones in Maltese history. By means of the 1964 constitution Malta became an independent nation for the first time after hundreds of years of foreign domination. The national side of the coin shows a detail of the bronze monument commemorating Independence which was designed by the artist Gianni Bonnici in 1989. It shows a young woman, representing Malta, carrying the Maltese flag. At the right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘MALTA — Independence 1964’ and at the bottom the year of issuance ‘2014’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Netherlands 2014

Feature:
The official farewell to the former Queen Beatrix

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: May 2014

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts the effigies of both the King Willem-Alexander and the former Queen Beatrix. At the left, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘WILLEM-ALEXANDER KONING DER NEDERLANDEN’ and at the right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘BEATRIX PRINSES DER NEDERLANDEN’. Between the two inscriptions, at the top, the crown symbol and at the bottom the mint master mark, the mint mark and in between the year of issuance ‘2014’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2014 (1)

Feature:
40th Anniversary of the 25th April Revolution

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2014

Description:
The two curves represent the general shape of a carnation, the flower symbolizing the movement, which was also the origin of the revolution’s name. The name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’ and the Coat of Arms are inscribed on the top of the flower. The center of the image shows the date of the event ‘25 DE ABRIL’ (25th April) and at the bottom is written the number of years past since the revolution ‘40 ANOS’ (40 years) and the year of issuance ‘2014’. The shape of the letters and numbers is inspired on those used in posters and other political information supports 40 years ago, as a symbol of the euphoric period lived right after the event.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2014 (1)

Feature:
The 500th anniversary of the death of Bramante Lazzari delle Penne di San Marino

Issuing volume: 110 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2014

Description:
The coin depicts Bramante’s portrait, and part of Tempietto (Italian: ‘small temple’), which is a small commemorative tomb built by Donato Bramante, possibly as early as 1502, in the courtyard of San Pietro in Montorio and considered a masterpiece of the High Renaissance Italian architecture. The inscription ‘BRAMANTE LAZZARI DELLE PENNE DI SAN MARINO’ surrounds almost completely the design. At the left and right the years ‘1514’ and ‘2014’, respectively. At the bottom the initials of the artist ‘MCC’ (Maria Carmela Colaneri) and the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2014

Feature:
The 10th anniversary of the accession of the Slovak Republic to the European Union

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: April 2014

Description:
At the centre of the national side are the stylised letters ‘EÚ’, as the abbreviation of the European Union, with the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic incorporated in the foreground. On the right-hand side of the inner part of the coin, in two lines, is the date of the Slovak Republic's accession to the European Union, ‘1.5.2004’, and immediately below it the year ‘2014’. Inscribed along the bottom edge of the inner part is the name of the issuing country, ‘SLOVENSKO’, while in a semi-circle along the upper edge is the inscription ‘10. VÝROČIE VSTUPU DO EURÓPSKEJ ÚNIE’. To the lower left is the mint mark of Kremnica Mint (composed of the letters ‘MK’ between two dies), and to the lower right are the stylised letters ‘MP’, the initials of the designer, Mária Poldaufová.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2014

Feature:
The 600th anniversary of the crowning of Barbara Celjska

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: October 2014

Description:
The central image of the coin shows, with lined pattern, the portrait of the Queen Barbara of Celje with her sceptre. On the image are placed three typical six-pointed stars of Celje counts. On the left side of the portrait is the inscription ‘SLOVENIJA’ and on the right side the inscription ‘BARBARA CELJSKA’ and the years ‘1414-2014’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2014 (1)

Feature:
UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites — Park Güell

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: March 2014

Description:
The coin depicts in the foreground a lizard sculpture which is the Park Güell emblem and was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí. As background a detail of one of the pavilions situated at the Park Güell entrance. At the top, in circular sense and in capital letters the words ‘ESPAÑA’ and ‘PARK GÜELL — GAUDÍ’. At the left the year of issuance ‘2014’ and at the right the mintmark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2014

Feature:
25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Issuing volume: 103 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2014

Description:
The design depicts some bricks of the partially collapsed Berlin Wall in the foreground, with the wording ‘XXV ANNIVERSARIO DEL CROLLO DEL MURO DI BERLINO 1989 2014’ (25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 2014) written within the bricks. An olive branch can be seen in the centre, in a gap between the bricks and a piece of barbed wire, and the Brandenburg Gate appears in the background. At the top, the words ‘CITTA’ DEL VATICANO’ are inscribed.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2014 (2)

Feature:
150 years of the Belgian Red Cross

Issuing volume: 260 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2014

Description:
The inner part of the coin features a cross with the number ‘150’ in its centre. The vertical and horizontal bars of the cross bear the words ‘Rode Kruis’ and ‘Croix-Rouge’ respectively. The cross is surrounded by the mark of the Brussels mint (a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael), the signature mark of the Master of the Mint, the year 2014, and the country code ‘BE’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2014 (2)

Feature:
The 100th Anniversary of the birth of designer and interior designer Ilmari Tapiovaara.

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: November 2014

Description:
The left inner part of the design shows Ilmari Tapiovaara’s name and years. The right inner part of the design depicts a close-up from the furniture fitting characteristic for Ilmari Tapiovaara. At the right the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’, the mint mark and the year of issuance ‘2014’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2014 (2)

Feature:
The fight against AIDS by way of World AIDS Day

Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Issuing date: November 2014

Description:
The red ribbon, symbolising the fight against AIDS, is featured in the coin’s central field. The ribbon was created by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus and the US painter Frank Moore. It should be worn close to the heart to symbolise solidarity with AIDS sufferers and is in the shape of an upside-down V. The idea is for it to be worn as a V one day to signify victory over the disease. There are three ribbons in the central field. One is in the conventional position and will be coloured red for the brilliant uncirculated (BU) and proof (PRF) versions. The other two ribbons are inverted and associated with two Vs to strengthen the symbolism of the much-hoped-for victory over the disease. The date 1 December, Unesco World AIDS Day, appears at the top of the central field.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2014 (2)

Feature:
150th anniversary of the union of the Ionian Islands with Greece (1864-2014)

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2014

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts a seven-pointed star inscribed in Greek with the words: ‘150 YEARS SINCE THE UNION OF THE IONIAN ISLANDS (EPTÁNISA) WITH GREECE 1864-2014’, the name of the issuing country ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’ and the mint mark of the Greek State Mint. The spaces between the points of the star feature the symbols of the Ionian Islands. The entire design is encircled in a decorative stylised wave motif.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2014 (2)

Feature:
450th Anniversary of the birth of Galileo Galilei (born in 1564)

Issuing volume: 6,5 million coins
Issuing date: June 2014

Description:
The design shows the head of Galileo Galilei from the painting of Justus Sustermans, 1636 (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi); around, upside, GALILEO GALILEI; on the right, superimposed letters R (monogram of the Mint of Rome)/astronomic telescope/C.M. (monogram of the Author Claudia Momoni); on the left, superimposed letters of the Italian Republic monogram ‘RI’; in exergue 1564-2014.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2014 (2)

Feature:
The 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne of the Grand-Duke Jean

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: October 2014

Description:
The coin’s inner part depicts the effigies of Their Royal Highnesses, the Grand-Duke Henri and the Grand-Duke Jean, both looking to the left. It is surmounted by the year ‘1964’ above the effigy of the Grand-Duke Jean and by a crown. At the bottom, the names ‘Jean’ and ‘Henri’ appear below the respective effigy as well as the year ‘2014’.
The inscription ‘50e ANNIVERSAIRE DE L’ACCESSION AU TRÔNE DU GRAND-DUC JEAN’ encloses in circular form the upper inner part of the coin.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2014 (2)

Feature:
200 years of Malta Police Force

Issuing volume: 300 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2014

Description:
The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Malta Police Force which was set up by means of proclamation XXII of 1814. Thus the Malta Police Force is one of the oldest in Europe. The national side of the coin depicts the badge of the Malta Police Force with the legend ‘200 Years Malta Police Force’ and the dates 1814-2014.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2014 (2)

Feature:
The International Year of Family Farming

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2014

Description:
On the central part of the design are represented tools typically used in the traditional agriculture, together with farming products: a chicken in the center, surrounded by pumpkins, a basket of potatoes, and other vegetables and flowers. On the left side, in semi-circle, the subject of the commemoration ‘AGRICULTURA FAMILIAR’ (Family Farming) and on the right side, in semi-circle, the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’ followed by the year of issuance ‘2014’. At the bottom left the mintmark ‘INCM’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2014 (2)

Feature:
90th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2014

Description:
The designs shows a portrait of the composer Giacomo Puccini. At the right the name of the issuing country, in semi-circle, ‘SAN MARINO’. At the left the inscription ‘G. PUCCINI’ and the mint mark. At the bottom the year ‘2014’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2014 (2)

Feature:
Change of the Head of State

Issuing volume: 12 million coins
Issuing date: December 2014

Description:
The design depicts the overlapping portraits of Kings Felipe VI and Juan Carlos I. At the bottom the name of the issuing country and the year of issuance: ‘ESPAÑA — 2014’. At the right, the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2013

Feature:
100th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Meteorological Institute (Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut/Institut Royal Météorologique)

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: September 2013

Description:
The obverse of the coin displays in its centre the number 100 with the first zero encircling the abbreviations ‘KMI’ and ‘IRM’ and the second zero representing a sun. Isobars, raindrops and snowflakes are depicted to the left of the sun. The year ‘2013’ is displayed in the upper rays of the sun and the nationality ‘BE’ is indicated in the lower rays. The mark of the mint master and the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the Archangel Michael, are displayed under the ‘1’ of the number ‘100’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2013 (1)

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

Issuing volume: 11 million coins
Issuing date: January 2013

Description:
Description of the design: The coin, which was designed by Yves Sampo of the Monnaie de Paris, Stefanie Lindner of the Berlin State Mint, Alina Hoyer (Berlin) and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer (Berlin), depicts stylised portraits of the Élysée Treaty’s signatories (the then-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Konrad Adenauer and the former President of the French Republic Charles de Gaulle), their signatures and the words ‘50 ANS JAHRE’ with the year ‘2013’ in the centre, the words ‘TRAITÉ DE L’ÉLYSÉE’ at the top and the words ‘ÉLYSÉE-VERTRAG’ at the bottom. The right side of the inner part also features the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) as well as the issuing country’s code ‘D’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2013 (1)

Feature:
The 150th anniversary of the Parliament of 1863 when regular Parliament sessions started in Finland

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: September 2013

Description:
The 2-euro commemorative coin is depicted with the year 1863 and a shoot growing out of it symbolising the start of democracy and Finland’s development. In semicircle, at the bottom, the name of the issuing country ‘SUOMI FINLAND’ with the two words separated by the mint mark, and the year ‘2013’. The Diet of 1863 is the start of period of illumination. In Finland, the year 1863 marked a start for genuine democracy, transparent press operations and the right to use the Finnish language. With the beginning of regular meetings of the Diet, the opportunities of Finns to influence affairs in their own country improved in an unprecedented way. The year marked the beginning of a period of illumination for Finnish democracy.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2013 (1)

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

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: January 2013

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.

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Greece 2013 (1)

Feature:
2 400th Anniversary of the founding of Plato’s Academy

Issuing volume: 750 000 Münzen
Issuing date: October 2013

Description:
Portrait of Plato (in profile). On the left: the words ‘2 400 years since the founding of Plato’s Academy’ and ‘Hellenic Republic’ in ancient Greek lettering. On the right: ‘2013’ and the monogram of the Greek Mint.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2013 (1)

Feature:
200th Anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe VERDI

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: March 2013

Description:
The design shows the bust of Giuseppe VERDI in three quarter view facing left; on the left, superimposed letters of the Italian Republic monogram ‘RI’/1813; on the right, R (monogram of the Mint of Rome)/2013; in exergue, MCC (monogram of the Author Maria Carmela COLANERI)/G. VERDI.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2013 (1)

Feature:
Wedding of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand-Duke, with Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: 20 December 2012

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.

With this coin, Luxembourg was the only country in the euro zone to issue a third commemorative coin in 2012. Euro-Lex only published it on January 24, 2013: Euro-Lex - Access to European Union law
Therefore, I dispense with a third 2012 table row and list this coin as Luxembourg 2013 (1).

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Malta 2013

Feature:
The Self-Government Constitution of 1921

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2013

Description:
he design shows a map of the Maltese islands and a representation of the population. At the bottom of the design, the year ‘2013’. At the top, in semi-circle, the words ‘MALTA — Self-government 1921’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2013

Feature:
The 20th anniversary of the ONU joining

Issuing volume: 1,2 million coins
Issuing date: July 2013

Description:
The coin depicts a dove with an olive branch, with in the middle of the arc, on the left side the cornucopia, and on the right side the punch, as the workshop Paris Mint mark. At the top, in semi-circle, the indication of the issuing country ‘MONACO’ and at the bottom, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘1993 ADMISSION À L'ONU 2013’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Netherlands 2013 (1)

Feature:
The announcement of the abdication of the throne by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix

Issuing volume: 20 million coins
Issuing date: February 2013

Description:
The design depicts on the foreground the effigy of Queen Beatrix and on the background, partly covered by the effigy of the Queen, the effigy of the Prince of Orange. The circumscription around both effigies reads: WILLEM-ALEXANDER PRINS VAN ORANJE (crown symbol) BEATRIX KONINGIN DER NEDERLANDEN (mint mark) 28 januari 2013 (mint master mark).
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Portugal 2013

Feature:
The 250th anniversary of the construction of ‘Torre dos Clérigos’

Issuing volume: 525 000 Münzen
Issuing date: June 2013

Description:
The tower is depicted as it can be seen by the people on the street when standing close to it, side by side with the typical Oporto skyline as seen from Douro River south bank. At the top, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘250 ANOS TORRE DOS CLÉRIGOS — 2013’. At the bottom right, the Portuguese coat of arms and underneath the indication of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’. At the left, the mint mark and the name of the artist ‘INCM — HUGO MACIEL’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2013

Feature:
500th anniversary of the death of the Italian painter Pinturicchio

Issuing volume: 115 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2013

Description:
In the foreground, the fresco ‘Christ among the doctors’; in the lower part, the inscription ‘SAN MARINO’ in semi-circle; to the left, the letter ‘R’, which is the Italian mint mark; below the fresco, the name of the author ‘MOMONI’; above the fresco, the inscription ‘PINTURICCHIO’ in semi-circle with the years ‘1513’ and ‘2013’ below it.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Slovakia 2013

Feature:
1150th anniversary of the advent of the mission of Constantine and Methodius to Great Moravia

Issuing volume: 1 million Münzen
Issuing date: July 2013

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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2013

Feature:
800th anniversary of visits to Postojna Cave

Issuing volume: 1 million Münzen
Issuing date: February 2013

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.

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Spain 2013

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

Issuing volume: 8 million Münze
Issuing date: February 2013

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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Vatican 2013 (1)

Feature:
Sede Vacante 2013

Issuing volume: 125 000 coins
Issuing date: May 2013

Description:
The design features the coat of arms of the Cardinal Camerlengo and above it the symbol of the Apostolic Camera, two small crosses, the words ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’ at the left and ‘SEDE VACANTE MMXIII’ at the right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2013 (2)

Feature:
Baden-Württemberg from the ‘Lander’-series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2013

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts the Maulbronn Monastery which is home to the most perfectly preserved medieval monastery complex north of the Alps. Founded in 1147, this complex has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. On the top, the year of issuance ‘2013’. At the bottom, the inscription BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG and underneath the indication of the issuing country ‘D’. The mint mark, represented by the letter A, D, F, G or J, is located at the right hand side. At the bottom left the initials of the artist.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2013 (2)

Feature:
The 125th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize winning author F. E. SILLANPÄÄ

Issuing volume: 1,5 million Münzen
Issuing date: November 2013

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts Sillanpää's portrait. At the top, in semi-circle, the words ‘F. E. SILLANPÄÄ’. At the left, the year ‘1888’ and the mint mark. At the right, the year ‘1964’, the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ and the year of issuance ‘2013’. This is a special coin to commemorate the grandfather of a whole nation. F. E. SILLANPÄÄ was a master of style who brought deep insights about the relationship between people and nature into Finnish literature. He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1939 based in particular on the works Meek Heritage and The Maid Silja. This masterful author gained even more national renown with his popular radio appearances and memorable Christmas columns. After the war years, the master writer evolved into the long-bearded ‘Taata’, the unofficial grandfather to the country. From recollections of his childhood Christmases emerged a well-loved tradition: Grandpa gathered the whole nation devoutly around their radios with his easy-going Christmas ‘talks’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2013 (2)

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

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: June 2013

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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2013 (2)

Feature:
100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2013

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts Cretan rebels raising the Greek flag, a symbolic representation of Crete’s struggle for Union with Greece. On the upper side, in circular sense and with capital letters the name of the issuing country ‘Hellenic Republic’ in Greek. Underneath the words: ‘100 years of the union of Crete with Greece’ in Greek. On the right: ‘1913-2013’ and the monogram of the Greek Mint.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2013 (2)

Feature:
700th Anniversary of the birth of Giovanni BOCCACCIO

Issuing volume: 10 million Münzen
Issuing date: July 2013

Description:
The design shows the head of Giovanni BOCCACCIO in three quarter view facing right, drawn from the fresco by Andrea del Castagno, around 1450 ca. (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi); around, on the bottom, BOCCACCIO 1313 2013; on the right, superimposed letters R (monogram of the Mint of Rome)/RI (monogram of Italian Republic)/m (monogram of the author Roberto Mauri).
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2013 (2)

Feature:
The National Anthem of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: September 2013

Description:
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 on the left hand of its inner part the musical notation as well as the text of the national anthem. The text ‘Ons Heemecht’ appears at the top of the inner part and the name of the issuing country ‘LËTZEBUERG’ as well as the year-date ‘2013’, flanked by the mint mark and the initials of the mint master, appear at the bottom of the inner part of the coin.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Netherlands 2013 (2)

Feature:
200 years Kingdom of the Netherlands

Issuing volume: 3,5 million Münzen
Issuing date: November 2013

Description:
The inner part of the design shows a continuing ribbon that starts from the outside depicting the effigy of King Willem-Alexander and continues to depict the effigies of his six predecessors: Queen Beatrix, Queen Juliana, Queen Wilhelmina, King Willem III, King Willem II and King Willem I. The effigies are surrounded by the inscription ‘Willem-Alexander Koning der Nederlanden’ followed by the Royal Dutch mintmark, the mint master mark, the year 2013, the initials of the designer and at the left side of the effigies the inscription ‘200 jaar Koninkrijk der Nederlanden’.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Vatican 2013 (2)

Feature:
The 28th World Youth Day to be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013

Issuing volume: 115 000 Münzen
Issuing date: October 2013

Description:
The design features the most known monument of Rio de Janeiro, the ‘Christ of Corcovado’, and some young people around the statue. At the top, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘XXVIII G.M.G. CITTÀ DEL VATICANO RIO 2013’. At the right, the mintmark ‘R’ and the name of the artist ‘P DANIELE’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 5.022.000 coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "BE" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 30.725 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Estonia 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "EESTI" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 1.5 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "SUOMI FINLAND" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 10.02 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Ireland 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 1.354.867 coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "ÉIRE" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 532.500 coins
Issuing date: March 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "REPUBLICA ITALIANA" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 535.000 coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "LËTZEBUERG" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

For Luxembourg 2012 (3) see Luxembourg 2013 (1)

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Malta 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 500.000 coins
Issuing date: March 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "MALTA" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Netherlands 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 3.5 million coins
Issuing date: February 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "Nederland" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Austria 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 11 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 520.000 coins
Issuing date: February 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "PORTUGAL" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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San Marino 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 130.000 coins
Issuing date: June 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "SAN MARINO" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "SLOVENSKO" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "SLOVENIJA" appear(s) at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2012 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "ESPAÑA" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Cyprus 2012

Feature:
Ten years of the Euro

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: February 2012

Description:
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country "ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS" appears at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2012 (2)

Feature:
The 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Competition

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: May 2012

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts the emblem of the Queen Elisabeth Competition superimposed on the effigy of Queen Elisabeth, looking to the left, flanked on the left and right respectively by the mark of the mint master and the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the Archangel Michael. The years 1937-2012 are inscribed above the effigy, and the words ‘QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETITION’ below it. The nationality ‘BE’ is indicated to the right of the portrait of the Queen.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2012 (2)

Feature:
Bayern from the ‘Lander’-series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

Description:
The commemorative ‘Bavaria’ was designed by Erich Ott and shows the most famous view of Neuschwanstein Castle. The design shows the view from the east as visitors see it during their ascent to the castle, with the gatehouse in the foreground and the medieval-style towers and turrets. The panoramic mountain situated behind the castle is well captured, as the site of the castle on a cliff overlooking the romantic Pöllatschlucht. The name ‘BAYERN’ links the depicted construction ‘Neuschwanstein Castle’ with the state. The mintmark of the respective mint (A, D, F, G or J) is located in the right central core area and the initials of the artist in the left central core area.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag. Between the stars, at the bottom, the year ‘2012’ and at the top the indication of the issuing country ‘D’.

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Finland 2012 (2)

Feature:
150th anniversary of the birth of the artist Helene Schjerfbeck

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: September 2012

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.

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France 2012 (2)

Feature:
100th anniversary of the birth of Abbé Pierre, famous in France as protector of the poor

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: July 2012

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 along 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.

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Italy 2012 (2)

Feature:
100th anniversary of the death of Giovanni PASCOLI

Issuing volume: 15 million coins
Issuing date: April 2012

Description:
In the foreground, a portrait of the poet from Romagna, Giovanni PASCOLI, a representative figure of the Italian literature of the late 19th century. On the right, the year of issue ‘2012’ and the monogram of the Italian Republic ‘RI’; on the left, the year of the death ‘1912’; the mintmark ‘R’ and the initials of the author Maria Carmela Colaneri ‘MCC’. At the bottom, the arch-shaped inscription ‘G. PASCOLI’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2012 (2)

Feature:
Wedding of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand-Duke, with Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2012

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.

For Luxembourg 2012 (3) see Luxembourg 2013 (1)

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Malta 2012 (2)

Feature:
Majority Representation 1887

Issuing volume: 430 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2012

Description:
The design was created by the Maltese artist Gianni Bonnici and it shows a jubilant crowd with the Governor’s Palace, in Valletta, depicted in the background. At the top of the inner ring, in a semicircle, the inscription ‘MALTA — Majority representation 1887’. At the bottom the year ‘2012’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Monaco 2012

Feature:
500th anniversary of the establishment of Monaco’s sovereignty by Lucien I Grimaldi

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2012

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.

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Portugal 2012 (2)

Feature:
European Capital of Culture 2012, the city of Guimarães in northern Portugal

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2012

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.

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Spain 2012 (2)

Feature:
Burgos Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage series

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: March 2012

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.

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Vatican 2012

Feature:
Seventh World Meeting of Families

Issuing volume: 115 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2012

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.

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Belgium 2011

Feature:
100th anniversary of International Women’s Day

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: March 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on 8 March, features effigies of Isala Van Diest, the first female Belgian medical doctor, and Marie Popelin, the first female Belgian lawyer above a semicircle formed by their names and the symbols of their professions on either side of the year 2011. Centred above the effigies are the letters “BE” in reference of their nationality, flanked by the Mint master’s mark on the left and the mintmark on the right.
The coin’s outer ring shows the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Germany 2011

Feature:
Nordrhein-Westfalen from the ‘Lander’-series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2011

Description:
The design shows the Köln cathedral in its entirety, as a masterpiece of the Gothic architecture, emphasizing the beauty of the south portal. The name NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, just below the building, links the pictured building with the state. The mint mark, represented by the letter A, D, F, G or J, is located in the right upper core region, the initials of the artist, Heinz Hoyer, in the right central core area.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag. Between the stars, at the bottom, the year ‘2011’ and at the top the indication of the issuing country reference ‘D’.

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Finland 2011

Feature:
200th anniversary of the Bank of Finland

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: October 2011

Description:
The commemorative coin to mark the Bank of Finland’s 200th anniversary, which was designed by the artist Hannu Veijalainen, depicts Finland’s national bird, the swan. In addition, the inner part of the coin bears the dates “2011”, the year of issue, and “1811”, the year in which Emperor Alexander I of Russia decreed that an “Exchange, Lending and Deposit Office” was to be established in Turku, Finland. It was Finland’s first bank and eventually became the Bank of Finland, which moved to Helsinki in 1819. The Bank began to operate as a central bank in the latter part of the 19th century, after Finland obtained its own monetary unit and commercial banks had been established in the country.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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France 2011

Feature:
30th anniversary of the Day of Music

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: June 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows a cheerful crowd, with a stylised image of a musical instrument and notes floating in the air, denoting the atmosphere of celebration on the Day of Music, which has been celebrated every summer solstice in France since 1981. The words "Fête de la MUSIQUE" and the date "21 JUIN 2011" appear at the centre of the drawing. Along the upper edge, towards the right, are the words "30 e ANNIVERSAIRE", while the letters "RF" designate the country of issue at the bottom.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the coin’s outer ring.

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Greece 2011

Feature:
The Special Olympics World Summer Games — Athens 2011

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: June 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows the emblem of the Games, a radiant sun, the source of life that underlines the excellence and power of the athletes who take part in the Games, with excellence represented by the olive branch and power by the spiral starting from the centre of the sun. Inscribed around the outer right-hand edge of the inner part are the caption “XIII SPECIAL OLYMPICS W.S.G. ATHENS 2011” and the name of the issuing country “ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ”, separated from one another by the mintmark.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Italy 2011

Feature:
The 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy

Issuing volume: 10 million coins
Issuing date: March 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows, in the centre, three Italian flags fluttering in the wind, to mark three past periods of 50 years each – the periods ending in 1911, 1961 and 2011 respectively – in illustration of a perfect link between generations: this is the logo of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Written in a semi-circle along the upper outer edge around the three flags is the inscription “150° DELL’ UNITÁ D’ITALIA” (150th anniversary of the unification of Italy), with the letters “RI” superimposed on one another off-centre to the right in indication of the issuing country, the Republic of Italy. Beneath the three flags stand the dates “1861 › 2011 › ›”. Centred below the dates is the mintmark “R”, with the letters “ELF INC.”, the initials of the artist Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini and the first three letters of the Italian name of his profession (incisore) along the bottom edge to the right.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the coin’s outer ring.

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Luxembourg 2011

Feature:
50th anniversary of the appointment by the Grand-Duchess Charlotte of her son Jean as "lieutenant-représentant"

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2011

Description:
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 name of the Royal Highness is depicted below the respective effigy.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Malta 2011

Feature:
Constitutional history – first election of representatives in 1849

Issuing volume: 430 000 Münzen
Issuing date: November 2011

Description:
The inner part of this coin, the first of a series of five coins to be issued over a period of five years to mark major milestones in Malta’s constitutional history, features a hand inserting a ballot paper into the ballot box to commemorate the election in 1849 of the first Maltese representatives to the Council of Government advising the British Governor of Malta, which had been a British colony since the Treaty of Paris of 1814. The upper right outer edge of the inner part of the coin bears the words “MALTA – First elected representatives 1849”. The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring of the coin.

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Monaco 2011

Feature:
The wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock

Issuing volume: 148 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows, at the centre, the effigies of Prince Albert and Princess 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 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the coin’s outer ring.

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Netherlands 2011

Feature:
The 500th anniversary of the publication of the world-famous book "Laus Stultitiae" by the Dutch philosopher, humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows Erasmus writing his book on the right and the effigy of Queen Beatrix to the left. The two images are separated by the vertical inscription "Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden". The year "2011", the Mint master’s mark and the mintmark are positioned horizontally near the centre of the coin.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Portugal 2011

Feature:
500th anniversary of Fernão Mendes Pinto’s birth

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto, a Portuguese explorer whose book on his discoveries and adventures in the seas and countries of Asia was published posthumously under title “Peregrinação” (Pilgrimage), depicts a sailing ship floating on a sea formed by a series of wave-shaped references to Portugal, Lisbon, his book and some of the destinations of his travels, With the country designation “Portugal” centred beneath them. His name flanked by the dates “1511” and “2011” form a semicircle around the upper edge of the inner part.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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San Marino 2011

Feature:
500th anniversary of the birth of Giorgio Vasari

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Issuing date: June 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Giorgio Vasari (30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574), a painter, writer, and architect famous for his biographies of Italian artists and now considered the ideological founder of art-historical writing, shows a detail of his painting “Giuditta decapitates Oloferne”. Centred at the bottom are the dates “1511-2011”, with the name “G. VASARI” and the designation of the issuing country “SAN MARINO” to the left and right respectively along the inner edge. The mintmark “R” is located to the left of the central motif and the letters “CM”, the initials of the designer Claudia Momoni, immediately to the right.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the coin’s outer ring.

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Slovakia 2011

Feature:
20th anniversary of the formation of the Visegrad Group

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2011

Description:
The design of the inner part of the coin consists of the outlines of four central European states – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – with a superimposed composite “V” to designate the Visegrad Group, a regional alliance also known as the “Visegrad Four” or “V4” that was set up after a summit meeting of the Heads of State or Government of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland in the castle town of Visegrád, Hungary, on 15 February 1991, mainly for purposes of cooperating in areas of common interest within the process of European integration.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Slovenia 2011

Feature:
100th anniversary of the birth of Franc Rozman-Stane

Issuing volume: 1 million Münzen
Issuing date: March 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin bears a stylised image of Franc Rozman-Stane, general in the High Command of the Slovene partisan army and a national hero of Slovenia.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Spain 2011

Feature:
Court of the Lions, Granada – UNESCO World Heritage series

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: March 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra, the fortified castle in the city of Granada, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Vatican 2011

Feature:
26th World Youth Day

Issuing volume: 115 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2011

Description:
The inner part of the coin features a number of young people and flags, together with the mintmark “R” and the year “2011”, surrounded, along the upper edge, by the Roman numerals “XXVI” and the letters “G.M.G.”, the abbreviation of Giornata Mondiale della Gioventù (World Youth Day), and by the name of the issuing country “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO” along the lower edge.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Belgium 2010

Feature:
Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2010

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: June 2010

Description:
The inner part of the coin features the commemorative logo, that is, the stylised letters ‘EU’ and ‘trio.be’. Above the design is the inscription ‘BELGIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU 2010’ and, below it, the trilingual indication ‘BELGIE BELGIQUE BELGIEN’. Underneath the logo, the mint mark is displayed to the left of the year 2010 and the mint master’s mark to the right.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2010

Feature:
Bremen from the ‘Lander’-series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: January 2010

Description:
Description of the design: The inner part of the coin features Bremen town hall, with the Bremen Roland statue in the foreground. The word ‘BREMEN’ is inscribed below the town hall on the right. The mint mark, represented by the letter A, D, F, G or J, appears at the top left. The initials of the artist, Bodo Broschat, are at the very bottom, just below the statue. The name of the issuing country, ‘D’, and the year, ‘2010’, are inserted at the top and bottom of the outer ring of the coin respectively, amid the twelve stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2010

Feature:
Currency Decree of 1860 granting Finland the right to issue banknotes and coins

Issuing volume: 1,6 million coins
Issuing date: October 2010

Description:
The design of the inner part of the coin comprises a stylised figure of a lion, taken from Finland’s coat of arms, and the year of issue, i.e. ‘2010’, on the left, with the mintmark and a set of numbers symbolising coin values to the right thereof. Centred at the bottom edge is a reference to the issuing country, namely the letters ‘FI’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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France 2010

Feature:
70th anniversary of the Appeal of June 18

Issuing volume: 20 million coins
Issuing date: June 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the 70th anniversary of the appeal (“Appel du 18 juin”) made by General de Gaulle – the leader of the Free French Forces – on the BBC in London on 18 June 1940, after the fall of France. Addressing the French people, de Gaulle declared that the war was not yet over. The speech is considered to mark the birth of the French Resistance and the beginning of its fight against the occupation of France during World War II.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Greece 2010

Feature:
2.500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon

Issuing volume: 2,5 million coins
Issuing date: October 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the 2.500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. The centre of the coin shows a synthesis of a shield and a runner/warrior representing the struggle for freedom and the noble ideals that the Battle of Marathon stands for. The bird on the shield symbolises the birth of Western civilisation in its present form.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Italy 2010

Feature:
200th anniversary of the Count of Cavour’s birth

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: March 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810-1861), a key figure in Italian unification and early Italian liberalism, and the founder of the political newspaper "Il Risorgimento". It features a portrait of Cavour based on a painting by Francesco Hayez from 1864.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Luxembourg 2010

Feature:
Coat of arms of the Grand Duke

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: Januar 2010

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts, on the left, a portrait of Grand Duke Henri facing towards the right and, immediately adjacent, the Grand Duke’s coat of arms, above which the year of issue, 2010, is featured between mint marks, overlapping slightly into the outer ring. Below the portrait, the name of the issuing country, “LËTZEBUERG”, overlaps slightly into the outer ring.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Portugal 2010

Feature:
100th anniversary of the Portuguese Republic

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: September 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the constitutional monarchy of King Manuel II and the establishment of the Portuguese Republic following the revolution of 5 October 1910.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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San Marino 2010

Feature:
500th anniversary of the death of Sandro Botticelli

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Issuing date: September 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (1445 – 1510), the Italian painter of the Florentine school who is better known as Sandro Botticelli or Il Botticello ("The Little Barrel").
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Slovenia 2010

Feature:
200th anniversary of the Botanical Garden in Ljubljana

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: May 2010

Description:
The inner part of the coin depicts the Rebrinčevolistna Hladnikija plant. On the left beneath the plant is its name, “HLADNIKIA PASTINACIFOLIA”, written in an arc. The image is encircled by the words “200 LET”, “BOTANIČNI VRT”, “LJUBLJANA” and “SLOVENIJA 2010”.
The outer ring of the coin depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Spain 2010

Feature:
Córdoba’s historic centre – UNESCO World Heritage series

Issuing volume: 8 million Münzen
Issuing date: March 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the historic centre of Cordoba, the first Spanish site to be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1984. It portrays the “forest of pillars” of the Great Mosque of Córdoba, one of the most significant and oldest examples of Islamic art in Europe. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, the Mosque was later consecrated as a Christian cathedral and underwent a series of transformations. The coin is the first in a new series dedicated to the Spanish sites on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One such commemorative coin will be issued every year as from 2010.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Vatican 2010

Feature:
Year for Priests

Issuing volume: 115 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2010

Description:
The coin commemorates the Year for Priests, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to run from of 19 June 2009 to 19 June 2010, that was concluded with an international gathering of priests attended by the pope. The coin features a shepherd pulling a lamb from a lion’s mouth.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Belgium 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 5,012 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country BELGIË/BELGIQUE/BELGIEN appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Germany 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 30,725 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym WWU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Finland 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country SUOMI FINLAND appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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France 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 10.074.085 coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym UEM appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Greece 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym ONE appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Ireland 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country éıre appears at the top, while the indication AEA 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Italy 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: March 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country REPUBBLICA ITALIANA appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym UEM appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Luxembourg 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 825.000 coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country LËTZEBUERG appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym UEM appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Malta 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 700.000 coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country Malta appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym UEM appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Netherlands 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 5.313.500 coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country NEDERLAND appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Austria 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym WWU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Portugal 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 1,285 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country PORTUGAL appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym UEM appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovakia 2009 (1)

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 2,5 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country SLOVENSKO appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym HMÚ appear at the bottom.>
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Slovenia 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country SLOVENIJA appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Spain 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: Febuar 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country ESPAÑA appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym UEM appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Cyprus 2009

Feature:
Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS appears at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym ONE appear at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

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Belgium 2009 (2)

Feature:
200th anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: September 2009

Description:
The coin features a portrait of Louis Braille with his initials, L and B, in the alphabet that he designed. His name appears above the portrait and, below it, the code of the issuing country, ‘BE’ and the dates ‘1809’ and ‘2009’. To the left and right respectively are the mint mark and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint.
The coin’s outer ring shows the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Germany 2009 (2)

Feature:
Saarland from the 'Lander' series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2009

Description:
The coin features the Ludwigskirche, a symbol of Saarbrücken, the capital of the Saarland. It shows the distinctive east facade and bell tower of the church, with the word ‘SAARLAND’ and ‘G’, a mint mark, underneath. It was designed by Friedrich Brenner, whose initials appear to the right of the image. The year of mintage, 2009, the 12 stars of the European Union and the words ‘BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND’ are depicted on the outer ring.

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Finland 2009 (2)

Feature:
200th anniversary of Finnish autonomy and Porvoo Diet

Issuing volume: 1,6 million coins
Issuing date: October 2009

Description:
The first Diet of Finland met in 1809 in Porvoo, so the coin shows a profile of Porvoo cathedral, where the opening ceremony took place, and ‘1809’ written in stylised numbering above. To its left is the country code, ‘FI’, and to its right is the year of issue, ‘2009’.
The 12 stars of the European Union appear on the outer ring.

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Italy 2009 (2)

Feature:
200th anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: October 2009

Description:
The coin depicts a hand reading an open book by touch. The index finger points at a vertical inscription ‘LOUIS BRAILLE 1809-2009’ and two birds in flight above the hand symbolise freedom of knowledge. The monogram of the Italian Republic, ‘RI’, is at the top right, while the mint mark ‘R’ is at the bottom right. Braille’s name is written under the book in the alphabet that he invented. At the very bottom are the initials ‘MCC’ of the artist Maria Carmela Colaneri.
The 12 stars of the European Union are shown on the outer ring.

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Luxembourg 2009 (2)

Feature:
Grand-Duke Henri and Grand-Duchess Charlotte

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: January 2009

Description:
The coin features Grand-Duke Henri and Grand-Duchess Charlotte. To the right of the image, placed vertically, are the word ‘LËTZEBUERG’ and the year ‘2009’, flanked by the mintmaster’s mark and the mint mark.
The outer ring of the coin shows the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Portugal 2009 (2)

Feature:
2nd Lusophone Games

Issuing volume: 1,25 million coins
Issuing date: June 2009

Description:
The coin was issued to mark the games held for Portuguese-speaking countries. It depicts a gymnast swirling a long ribbon. The Portuguese coat of arms appears at the top together with the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’. At the bottom, the legend ‘2.os JOGOS DA LUSOFONIA LISBOA’ is inscribed between the initials ‘INCM’ on the left and the artist's name ‘J. AURÉLIO’ on the right. The year ‘2009’ appears above the gymnast.
The coin's outer ring shows the 12 stars of the European Union on a background of concentric circular lines.

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San Marino 2009

Feature:
European Year of Creativity and Innovation

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Issuing date: May 2009

Description:
The coin shows some symbols of scientific research: a book, a compass, a test tube and a flask. On the left are the three emblematic feathers of the Republic of San Marino. On the right are the year ‘2009’ and the mint mark ‘R’. Above is the legend ‘CREATIVITÀ INNOVAZIONE’. Below are the name of the issuing country ‘SAN MARINO’ and the artist’s initials ‘A.M.’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Slovakia 2009 (2)

Feature:
20th anniversary of 17 November 1989 (Day of the fight for freedom and democracy)

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: November 2009

Description:
The coin shows a stylised bell with keys serving as clappers. It recalls the demonstration on 17 November 1989 when protesters jangled their keys to symbolise the unlocking of doors, an event which marked the beginning of the ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Czechoslovakia, as it then was. Under the bell are the artist’s mark and the mint mark of Mincovňa Kremnica (the Slovak mint). Encircling the bell are the legend ‘17. NOVEMBER SLOBODA DEMOKRACIA’, the dates ‘1989-2009’ and the name of the issuing country, ‘SLOVENSKO’.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Vatican 2009

Feature:
International Year of Astronomy

Issuing volume: 106 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2009

Description:
This coin was issued on the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy. The inner part of the coin depicts an allegory of the birth of the stars and planets together with several astronomical instruments. The design is inspired by Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Belgium 2008

Feature:
60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: May 2008

Description:
The coin shows 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 appears below the design in its three official languages: ‘BELGIE – BELGIQUE – BELGIEN’. The mintmark and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint are shown to the left and right of the design respectively.
The outer ring of the coin features the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Germany 2008

Feature:
Hamburg from the 'Lander' series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2008

Description:
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.

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Finland 2008

Feature:
60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: October 2008

Description:
Designed by sculptor Tapio Kettunen, the coin depicts a human being inside a heart and, underneath it, the inscription ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’. ‘FI’ for Finland, ‘K’ for the sculptor as well as the mint mark appear at the bottom of the inner part of the coin, and the year of issue, 2008, at the top.
The 12 stars of the European Union are shown on the outer ring.

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France 2008

Feature:
French Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2008

Issuing volume: 20 million coins
Issuing date: July 2008

Description:
The coin is inscribed as follows: ‘2008 PRÉSIDENCE FRANÇAISE UNION EUROPÉENNE RF’. The mint mark and the mintmaster's mark are located below, to the left and the right respectively.
The 12 stars of the European Union are shown on the outer ring.

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Italy 2008

Feature:
60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: April 2008

Description:
The coin depicts a man and a woman with an olive branch, an ear of corn, a cogwheel and some barbed wire – symbols of the right to peace, food, work and freedom respectively. The monogram of the Italian Republic ‘RI’ is placed between the two figures, as is the year of issue ‘2008’. At the bottom of the image are the links of a chain forming the number ‘60’ and the inscription ‘DIRITTI UMANI’ (human rights). The initials ‘MCC’ of the artist Maria Carmela Colaneri and the mint mark ‘R’ are shown on the right.
The outer ring of the coin depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Luxembourg 2008

Feature:
Grand-Duke Henri and the ‘Château de Berg’

Issuing volume: 1,3 million coins
Issuing date: February 2008

Description:
The coin shows Grand-Duke Henri and the ‘Château de Berg’, the official residence. The year of issue, 2008, flanked by the mint mark and the mark of the engraving workshop, is inscribed at the top. The word ‘LËTZEBUERG’ appears at the bottom of the design.
The outer ring of the coin depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Portugal 2008

Feature:
60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: September 2008

Description:
The coin shows the Portuguese coat of arms at the top, with the name of the issuing country (‘PORTUGAL’) and the year ‘2008’ just below. The lower half of the coin features a geometric design and the legend ‘60 ANOS DA DECLARAÇÃO UNIVERSAL DOS DIREITOS HUMANOS’, followed by the inscription ‘Esc. J. Duarte INCM’ in very small characters.
The outer ring of the coin shows the 12 stars of the European Union.

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San Marino 2008

Feature:
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Issuing date: April 2008

Description:
The coin shows five human silhouettes symbolising the cultures of the five regions in Europe, together with the sacred texts of the different communities. The inscription ‘ANNO EUROPEO DEL DIALOGO INTERCULTURALE’ appears below the motif, while ‘SAN MARINO’, and the year of issue ‘2008’ appear above it. The initials of the artist ‘E.L.F.’, Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini, are shown to the right of the motif, and the mint mark ‘R’ to the left.
The coin’s outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Slovenia 2008

Feature:
500th anniversary of Primož Trubar's birth

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: May 2008

Description:
The coin shows an effigy of Primož Trubar in profile. The inscriptions ‘PRIMOŽ TRUBAR’ and ‘1508 • 1586’ appear on the left, and ‘SLOVENIJA 2008’ at bottom right.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring.

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Vatican 2008

Feature:
The Year of St. Paul – the 2000th anniversary of his birth

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2008

Description:
The coin depicts the conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus, which is visible in the background. Dazzled by a light from the sky, he falls from his rearing horse. To the left of the image is an inscription denoting the issuing country ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’, and to the right the legend ‘ANNO SANCTO PAULO DICATO’, as well as the year ‘2008’, the mint mark ‘R’ and the artist’s name ‘VEROI’. The initials of the engraver ‘L.D.S. INC.’, Luciana De Simoni, appear beneath the image.
The outer ring of the coin shows the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Belgium 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 5,04 million coins
Issuing date: März 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPAE" appears above the book. The words "PACTVM ROMANVM" and "QVINQVAGENARIVM" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "BELGIQUE–BELGIE–BELGIEN" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Germany 2007 (2)

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPA" appears above the book. The words "RÖMISCHE VERTRÄGE" and "50 JAHRE" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Finland 2007 (1)

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 1,4 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROOPPA" appears above the book. The words "ROOMAN SOPIMUS 50 V" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "SUOMI FINLAND" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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France 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 9,4 million coins
Issuing date: April 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPE" appears above the book. The words "TRAITÉ DE ROME" and "50 ANS" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Greece 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 4 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EYPΩΠΗ" appears above the book. The words "ΣΥΝΘΗΚΗ ΤΗΣ ΡΩΜΗΣ" and "50 XPONIA" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΉ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΊΑ" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Ireland 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 4,6 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 words "an eoraıp" appears above the book. The words "conradh na róımhe" and "50 blıaın" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "ÉIRE" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Italy 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPA" appears above the book. The words " TRATTATI DI ROMA" and "50º ANNIVERSARIO" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "REPUBBLICA ITALIANA" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Luxembourg 2007 (2)

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPE" appears above the book. The words "TRAITÉ DE ROME" and "50 ANS" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "LËTZEBUERG" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Netherlands 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 6,3 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPA" appears above the book. The words "VERDRAG VAN ROME" and "50 JAAR" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "KONINKRIJK DER NEDERLANDEN" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Austria 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 9 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPA" appears above the book. The words "VERTRAG VON ROM" and "50 JAHRE" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Portugal 2007 (1)

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 1,5 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPA" appears above the book. The words "TRATADO DE ROMA" and "50 ANOS" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "PORTUGAL" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Slovenia 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EVROPA" appears above the book. The words "RIMSKA POGODBA" and "50 LET" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "SLOVENIJA" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Spain 2007

Feature:
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: March 2007

Description:
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 word "EUROPA" appears above the book. The words "TRATADO DE ROMA" and "50 AÑOS" are inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the name of the issuing country "ESPAÑA" are inscribed under the design.
The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

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Germany 2007 (1)

Feature:
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from the 'Lander' series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2007

Description:
The coin shows Schwerin Castle and bears the inscription ‘Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’ - the federal state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania where the castle is located. The mintmark, ‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’, appears above the image, and the engraver’s initials ‘HH’ below it. The year of mintage, 2007, the 12 stars of the European Union and the words ‘Bundesrepublik Deutschland’ appear in the outer ring.

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Finland 2007 (2)

Feature:
90th anniversary of Finland’s independence

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: December 2007

Description:
The coin shows a nine-oar boat with rowers, symbolising collaboration. The year of issue, 2007, and the year of independence, 1917, appear above and below the image, respectively. The mint mark appears to the left of the oars and ‘FI’ for Finland to the right.
The outer ring of the coin features the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Luxembourg 2007 (1)

Feature:
Grand Ducal Palace

Issuing volume: 1,1 million coins
Issuing date: February 2007

Description:
The coin features an effigy of Grand-Duke Henri superimposed on an image of the Grand Ducal Palace. The year of issue, 2007, appears to the left, with the engraver's mark above and the mint mark below. The word ‘LËTZEBUERG’ appears at the base of the design.
The 12 stars of the European Union are shown on the outer ring of the coin.

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Monaco 2007

Feature:
25th anniversary of the death of Princess Grace

Issuing volume: 20 000 coins
Issuing date: July 2007

Description:
The coin features an effigy of Princess Grace, to the right of which appear the word ‘MONACO’, the mint mark, the year ‘2007’ and the engraver’s mark. The name of the artist, ‘R.B.BARON’, is shown under the Princess’s hair.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring of the coin.

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Portugal 2007 (2)

Feature:
Portuguese Presidency of the European Union

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: July 2007

Description:
The inner part of the coin features a cork oak (quercus suber). The Coat of Arms of Portugal is depicted beneath the lower branches to the left of the trunk, while the word “PORTUGAL”, written over three lines, appears on the right. Inscribed in the form of an arc along the edge of the inner part of the coin below the tree are the artist’s signature (I. Vilar), the year of issue (2007), the mintmark (INCM) and the legend “PRESIDÊNCIA DO CONSELHO DA UE”.
The outer ring of the coin bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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San Marino 2007

Feature:
Bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2007

Description:
The inner part of the coin features the engraving of a portrait of Giuseppe Garibaldi. The words ‘SAN MARINO’ and the year of issue (2007) are inscribed along the outer edge of the inner part on the left and right of the portrait respectively. The mint mark (R) is inscribed to the left of the portrait, while the initials of the artist Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini (E.L.F.) appear on the lower left-hand edge of the inner part.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring.

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Vatican 2007

Feature:
80th birthday of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2007

Description:
The inner part of the coin features the profile of His Holiness Benedict XVI facing the left. The legend ‘BENEDICTI XVI P.M. AETATIS ANNO LXXX CITTA' DEL VATICANO’ is engraved along the outer edge of the inner part of the coin. To the left of the effigy are the mintmark, ‘R’, the year of issue, ‘2007’, and the initials of the engraver, ‘M.C.C. INC.’, while the artist’s name, ‘LONGO’, is inscribed on the right.
The outer ring of the coin bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Belgium 2006

Feature:
Atomium

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Issuing date: April 2006

Description:
An image of Atomium is shown in the centre of the coin and the engraver’s initials ‘LL’ to its right. Two mintmarks appear near its base. The outer ring of the coin features the 12 stars of the European Union, the letter ‘B’ and the year of mintage ‘2006’.

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Germany 2006

Feature:
Schleswig-Holstein from the 'Lander' series

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Issuing date: February 2006

Description:
The Holstentor, the gate symbolising of the town of Lübeck, is shown in the centre of the coin and below it the word ‘Schleswig-Holstein’, the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to be commemorated in a euro coin. The engraver’s initials ‘HH’ appear to the right of the image and the mintmark ‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’, depending on the mint, to the left. The year of mintage, 2006, the 12 stars of the European Union and the words ‘Bundesrepublik Deutschland’ are shown in the outer ring.

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Finland 2006

Feature:
100th anniversary of universal and equal suffrage

Issuing volume: 2,5 million coins
Issuing date: October 2006

Description:
The inner part of the coin shows male and female faces separated by a line. To their left is ‘1.10.1906’ and to their right is ‘20 FI 06’, the year of issue with the abbreviation for Finland, FI. The mint mark ‘M’ appears next to each of the two faces.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring of the coin.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Italy 2006

Feature:
XX Olympic Winter Games - Turin 2006

Issuing volume: 40 million coins
Issuing date: January 2006

Description:
An image of a skier, a dynamic, curvilinear figure, is in the centre of the coin. Above him are the words ‘GIOCHI INVERNALI’ and to his left the location of the Winter Games is marked by the word ‘TORINO’ and an image of Turin’s landmark Mole Antonelliana building. The monogram of the Italian Republic ‘RI’ and the mintmark ‘R’ are also to the skier’s left. The year of issue, 2006, and the initials of the designer ‘MCC’ (Maria Carmela Colaneri) are shown to his right.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Luxembourg 2006

Feature:
25th birthday of Grand-Duke Guillaume, heir to the throne

Issuing volume: 1,1 million coins
Issuing date: January 2006

Description:
The effigy of Grand-Duke Henri is superimposed on that of Grand-Duke Guillaume in the centre of the coin. The year of issue, 2006, appears below the effigies, flanked by the letter ‘S’ and the mintmark. The word ‘LËTZEBUERG’ appears above the effigies.
The 12 stars of the European Union are shown in the outer ring of the coin.

Source image: European Central Bank
Source description: European Central Bank
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San Marino 2006

Feature:
500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' death

Issuing volume: 120 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2006

Description:
The coin shows Christopher Columbus and three caravels. The inscription ‘SAN MARINO’ appears above his portrait, and a wind rose and the mint mark ‘R’ to the right. The dates ‘1506 — 2006’ are shown on a scroll below his portrait.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Vatican 2005

Feature:
5th Centenary of the Swiss Pontifical Guard

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: November 2006

Description:
The coin features a Swiss guard taking an oath of loyalty to the Pope. The inscription ‘GUARDIA SVIZZERA PONTIFICIA’ forms a semi-circle around the guard, while under the flag appears the name of the issuing state, ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. ‘1506’ appears on the left side, above the signature of the engraver ‘O. ROSSI’ along the flagpole. ‘2006’ appears on the right side, above the mint mark ‘R’.
The 12 stars of the European Union are depicted on the outer ring.

Source image: European Central Bank
Source description: European Central Bank
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Belgium 2005

Feature:
Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union

Issuing volume: 6 million coins
Issuing date: March 2005

Description:
The effigies of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and King Albert II of Belgium are depicted in profile (from left to right) in the centre of the coin, above the year of issue, 2005. The engraver's initials, ‘LL', appear to the lower right. The two effigies and the date are surrounded by the outer ring bearing the 12 stars of the EU and the monograms of Grand Duke Henri on the left and of King Albert II on the right. The mintmarks appear between two stars near the bottom of the coin.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Finland 2005

Feature:
60th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and 50th anniversary of Finland’s membership therein

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Issuing date: October 2005

Description:
Depicted in the centre of the coin are parts of a jigsaw puzzle showing a dove of peace. Below the image of the dove, inscribed along the edge of the bottom half of the central part of the coin, the inscription ‘FINLAND — UN’ appears on the left and the year of issue on the right. Above the last figure of the year of issue, set close to the edge of a piece of the jigsaw puzzle, is the letter ‘K’, the engraver's initial. The mintmark ‘M’ is inscribed immediately below the image of the dove of peace. The outer ring features the 12 stars of the European Union.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Italy 2005

Feature:
1st anniversary of the signing of the European Constitution

Issuing volume: 18 million coins
Issuing date: October 2005

Description:
The centre of the coin features Europa and the bull, with Europa holding a pen and the text of the European Constitution. To the upper left of the image is the mintmark ‘R’. The initials of engraver Maria Carmela Colaneri, ‘MCC’, appear on the lower left edge of the coin’s central part. The year of mintage is shown in the top right of the image above the head of the bull. Positioned just off-centre at the bottom of the image is the monogram of the Italian Republic, ‘RI’. The words ‘COSTITUZIONE EUROPEA’ form a semicircle along the outer ring of the coin beneath the central image, while twelve stars are depicted on the remainder of the outer ring.

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Luxembourg 2005

Feature:
50th birthday of Grand Duke Henri, 5th anniversary of his accession to the throne and 100th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Adolphe

Issuing volume: 2,8 million coins
Issuing date: January 2005

Description:
Depicted in the centre of the coin is the effigy of Grand Duke Henri, looking to the right and superimposed on the effigy of Grand Duke Adolphe. Above the effigies appears the legend ‘GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG’. The names ‘HENRI’, set above ‘*1955’, and ‘ADOLPHE’, set above ‘†1905’, are inscribed below the respective effigies. On the outer ring of the coin, the 12 stars of the EU surrounding the design are placed between the letters of the word ‘LËTZEBUERG’ and the year of issue, 2005, with the latter centred below the effigies and flanked by the letter ‘S’ on the left and the logo of the mint on the right.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Austria 2005

Feature:
50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty

Issuing volume: 7 million coins
Issuing date: May 2005

Description:
The centre of the coin shows a reproduction of the signatures and seals in the Austrian State Treaty, which was signed by the foreign ministers and ambassadors of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and France, and by Leopold Figl, Foreign Minister of Austria, in May 1955. The inscription ‘50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG' appears above the seals and the year of issue, 2005, below them. The vertical stripes in the background represent Austria's national colours (red-white-red). The outer ring of the coin features the 12 stars of the EU.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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San Marino 2005

Feature:
World Year of Physics 2005

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Issuing date: October 2005

Description:
The centre of the coin features a free interpretation of the allegorical painting of Galileo Galilei that is known as ‘la fisica antica’ or the study of the planets. The year of issue appears beneath a globe standing on a desk. To the left of the image is the mintmark ‘R’, and the engraver’s initials ‘LDS’ appear on the right. The words ‘SAN MARINO’ form a semicircle above the image, while the words ‘ANNO MONDIALE DELLA FISICA’ run along the lower edge of the inner part below. The outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union, separated by the outer edges of the image of a stylised atom inscribed in the background of the entire coin.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Spain 2005

Feature:
4th centenary of the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ 'The ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha'

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Issuing date: April 2005

Description:
The centre of the coin features an image of Don Quixote holding a lance, with windmills in the background. To the left, impressed into the surface of the coin, is the word 'ESPAÑA', under which the mintmark 'M' appears. The 12 stars of the European Union are shown in the outer ring of the coin, with four of them impressed into the surface. The year of issue is indicated at the bottom.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Vatican 2005

Feature:
20th World Youth Day

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2005

Description:
Depicted in the centre of the coin is the Cathedral of Cologne with a comet passing by above. The words ‘XX GIORNATA MONDIALE DELLA GIOVENTÙ’ are inscribed along the upper edge of the central part, separated by the tail of the comet and two of the cathedral’s spires, one of which extends into the coin’s outer ring. Twelve stars are depicted in a semicircle along the upper part of the outer ring, separated at the top by the year of issue (2005) and the mintmark ‘R’. Below the central image of the cathedral, the words ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’ form a semicircle in the outer ring.

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Finland 2004

Feature:
Enlargement of the European Union by ten new Member States

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Issuing date: June 2004

Description:
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.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Greece 2004

Feature:
Olympic Games in Athens 2004

Issuing volume: 50 million coins
Issuing date: March 2004

Description:
The twelve stars of the European Union positioned around the outer circle surround the design of an ancient statue depicting a discobolus in his attempt to throw the discus. The base of the statue covers a small part of the coin's external ring (outer part). To the left is the logo of the Olympic Games 'ATHENS 2004' and the five Olympic circles, and to the right, one above the other, are the figure '2' and the word 'ΕΥΡΩ'. The yearmark is written in split form around the star positioned bottom centre, as follows: 20*04 and the mintmark is above the athlete's head to the left.

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Italy 2004

Feature:
5th decade of the World Food Programme

Issuing volume: 16 million coins
Issuing date: December 2004

Description:
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.

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Source description: European Central Bank
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Luxembourg 2004

Feature:
Effigy and monogram of Grand-Duke Henri

Issuing volume: 2,49 million coins
Issuing date: June 2004

Description:
The coin depicts on the left hand of the inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right, and on the right hand the monogram of the Grand-Duke Henri (special letter 'H' topped with a crown). The 12 stars appear in semi-circular form at the right of the monogram. The year 2004, surrounded by the mint mark as well as the engraver's initials, and the word LËTZEBUERG are written in circular form at the top of the ring. The words 'HENRI — Grand-Duc de Luxembourg' appear at the bottom of the ring.

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San Marino 2004

Feature:
Bartolomeo Borghesi (historian, numismatist)

Issuing volume: 110 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2004

Description:
he twelve stars of the European Union positioned around the outer circle of the coin and the issuing year '2004', positioned bottom centre, surround the bust of Bartolomeo Borghesi. To the left of the bust is the inscription 'Bartolomeo Borghesi', and one above the other are the letter 'R' and the engraver's initials 'E.L.F.'. To the right of the bust is the word 'San Marino'.

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Vatican 2004

Feature:
75th anniversary of the founding of the Vatican City State

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Issuing date: December 2004

Description:
The inner part shows a schematic representation of the perimeter walls of the Vatican City with St Peter's Basilica in the foreground. Also in the inner part are the inscriptions '75 o ANNO DELLO STATO' and '1929-2004' as well as, in smaller letters, the name of the designer 'VEROI' and the initials of the engraver 'L.D.S. INC.'. The outer part of the coin features the twelve stars of the European Union and the inscription 'CITTA' DEL VATICANO'.

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