EUR 2 commemorative coins from 2004 to 2016

EUR 2 commemorative coins

Each member state of the Eurosystem can issue two EUR 2 commemorative coins per year. These coins have the same features and properties and the same common side as normal EUR 2 coins. What makes them different is their commemorative design on the national side. Only the EUR 2 denomination can be used for commemorative coins. They are legal tender throughout the euro area.

2016

In 2016, EUR 2 commemorative coins are scheduled to be issued by Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, the Republic of San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the Vatican.

  • Andorra

  • 2 Euro Andorra 2016

    Subject of commemoration: 25th anniversary of the Radio and Television of Andorra
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 85 000
    Date of mintage: December 2016

  • 2 Euro 150 years of the New Reform 1866

    Subject of commemoration: 150 years of the New Reform 1866
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 85 000
    Date of mintage: December 2016

  • Austria

  • 2 Euro Austria 2016

    Subject of commemoration:  200 years of Oesterreichische Nationalbank
    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 center evokes the red-white-red pattern of the Austrian national flag, with hatched vertical lines symbolizing the color 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-colored center 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.
    Volume of issuance: 16 million coins
    Date of issue:  2016

  • Belgium

  • 2 EUR Belgium 2016

    Subject of commemoration: Olympic Games
    Description of the design: The inner part of the coin depicts, from top to bottom, a stylized 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 375 000
    Date of issue: March 2016

  • 2 EUR Belgium 2016

    Subject of commemoration: International Missing Children’s Day
    Description of the design: The inner part of the coin displays in its center 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 020 000 coins
    Date of issue: May 2016

  • Estonia

  • Coin: the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres

    Subject of commemoration: the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 500 000
    Date of issue: January 2016

  • Finland

  • 2 EUR Finland 2016

    Subject of commemoration: The Finnish writer and lyricist Eino Leino
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000
    Date of issue: April 2016

  • 2 EUR Finland 2016

    Subject of commemoration: The 100th anniversary of the birth of philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000
    Date of issue: October 2016

  • France

  • 2-Euro France 2016

    Subject of commemoration: 2016 UEFA European Championship
    Description of the design: 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 organized 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 10 million
    Date of issue: January 2016

  • 2 EUR France 2016

    Subject of commemoration: François Mitterrand
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 10 million coins
    Date of issue: October 2016

  • Germany

  • Coin: Saxony (‘Federal States’ (Bundesländer) series)

    Subject of commemoration: Saxony (‘Federal States’ (Bundesländer) series)
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 30 million
    Date of issue: 5 February 2016

  • Greece

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 120 years from the birth of Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Description of the design: 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 appears 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: max 750 000
    Date of issue: 4th quarter of 2016

  • 2 Euro 150 years from the Arkadi Monastery Torching

    Subject of commemoration: 150 years from the Arkadi Monastery Torching
    Description of the design: The design features the Arkadi Monastery. Inscribed, at center, 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: max 750 000
    Date of issue: 4th quarter of 2016

  • Ireland

  • Coin: One hundred years since the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland

    Subject of commemoration: One hundred years since the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland
    Description of the design: 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 realized 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 4 500 000
    Date of issue: January 2016

  • Italy

  • 2 Euro Italy 2016

    Issuing country: Italy
    Subject of commemoration: 550th Anniversary of the death of Donatello
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 500 000
    Date of issue: March 2016

  • 2 Euro Italy 2016

    Issuing country: Italy
    Subject of commemoration: 2 200th Anniversary of the death of Tito Maccio Plauto
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 500 000
    Date of issue: March 2016

  • Latvia

  • 2 Euro Latvia 2016

    Subject of commemoration: Latvian agricultural industry
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 010 000
    Date of issue: June 2016

  • 2 EUR Latvia 2016

    Subject of commemoration: Vidzeme
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 030 000
    Date of issue: November 2016

  • Lithuania

  • 2 Euro Lithuania 2016

    Subject of commemoration: The Baltic culture
    Description of the design: 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 symbolizing 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000
    Date of issue: First half of 2016

  • Luxemburg

  • 2 Euro Luxembourg

    Subject of commemoration: The 50th anniversary of the bridge ‘Grand Duchess Charlotte’
    Description of the design: The design shows the bridge ‘Grand Duchess Charlotte’ which is the main route connecting the city center 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000
    Date of issue: February/March 2016

  • Malta

  • 2 Euro coin The role of the Malta Community Chest Fund in Society

    Subject of commemoration: The role of the Malta Community Chest Fund in Society
    Description of the design: 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 stylized 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 380 000
    Date of issue: November 2016

  • 2 euro coin Malta 2016 Ggantija Temples

    Issuing country: Malta
    Subject of commemoration: Ġgantija Temples
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 350 000
    Date of issue: July 2016

  • Monaco

  • 2 Euro Monaco 2016

    Subject of commemoration: The 150th anniversary of the foundation of Monte Carlo by Charles III
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 15 000
    Date of issue: 1 June 2016

  • Portugal

  • 2 Euro Portugal 2016

    Subject of commemoration: 50 years of the first bridge uniting the two riverbanks of the Tejo River
    Description of the design: 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 center is the name of the designer ‘JOSÉ AURÉLIO’.
    The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Number of coins to be issued: 500 000
    Date of issue: July 2016

  • 2 Euro Portugal 2016

    Subject of commemoration: Portuguese Team participating in the Olympic Games — Rio 2016
    Description of the design: 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 symbolizes 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 650 000
    Date of issue: March 2016

  • Slovakia

  • 2 Euro Slovakia 2016

    Subject of commemoration: The first Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union
    Description of the design: The design is dominated by the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic at its center against a background of dynamic centripetal lines representing the position and importance of the Slovak Republic during its presidency in the Council of the European Union. To the right of the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic is the year ‘2016’. Around the edge of the inner circle are the country name ‘SLOVENSKO’ (Slovakia) and the inscription ‘PREDSEDNÍCTVO SR V RADE EÚ’ (Slovak Presidency of the EU Council), which are separated by graphical symbols. The mint mark of the Kremnica Mint, composed of the letters ‘MK’ between two dies, and the stylized initials of the designer of the national side, Vladimír Pavlica, ‘VP’, are placed in the lower part of the composition.
    The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000
    Date of issue: March 2016

  • Slovenia

  • 2 Euro Slovenia 2016

    Subject of commemoration: The 25th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Slovenia
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000
    Date of issue: June 2016

  • The Republic of San Marino

  • 2 EUR The Republic of San Marino 2016

    Issuing country: The Republic of San Marino
    Subject of commemoration: 550th anniversary of the death of Donatello
    Description of the design: The design depicts, in the foreground on the left, a portrait of David, being a detail of the bronze sculpture by Donatello. At center 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 center, the initials of the artist ‘MB’.
    The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Number of coins to be issued: 85 000 coins
    Date of issue: 5 April 2016

  • 2 EUR The Republic of San Marino 2016

    Subject of commemoration: 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 85 000
    Date of issue: September 2016

  • Spain

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

    Subject of commemoration: Unesco’s World Cultural and and Natural Heritage Sites — Segovia
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 8 million
    Date of issue: 1 February 2016

  • Vatican

  • 2 EUR The Vatican City State 2016

    Issuing country: The Vatican City State
    Subject of commemoration: The 200th anniversary of the Vatican Guard
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 105 000
    Date of issue: June 2016

  • 2 EUR The Vatican City State 2016

    Subject of commemoration: Jubilee of Mercy
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 105 000
    Date of issue: October 2016

2015

Each Member State whose currency is the euro may only issue two commemorative coins per year, save where commemorative coins are collectively issued by all Member States whose currency is the euro; or a commemorative coin is issued on the occasion of a temporary vacancy or a provisional occupation of the function of Head of State.
This does not apply to countries having a monetary agreement with the EU (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican).

  • Jointly Issued Commemorative Circulation Coin

    Issuing countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain

    Subject of commemoration: The 30th anniversary of the EU flag

    Description: To celebrate thirty years of the EU flag, euro-area Finance Ministers decided that euro-area Member States would strike a 2-euro commemorative coin using a common design on the national side. Euro-area citizens and residents have selected by public web-voting the winning design. Voters had a choice of five designs, which had been pre-selected by a professional jury following a design competition among European Mints, and they choose the design created by Mr Georgios Stamatopoulos, professional designer at the Bank of Greece.

    Issuing date: 4th quarter 2015

  • belgien

    Issuing country: Austria
    Number of coins to be issued: 2.500.000

  • Belgium

    Issuing country: Belgium
    Number of coins to be issued: 412.500

  • Cyprus

    Issuing country: Cyprus
    Number of coins to be issued: 350.000

  • Estonia

    Issuing country: Estonia
    Number of coins to be issued: 347.000

  • Finland

    Issuing country: Finland
    Number of coins to be issued: 500.000

  • France

    Issuing country: France
    Number of coins to be issued: 4.000.000

  • Germany

    Issuing country: Germany
    Number of coins to be issued: 30.000.000

  • Greece

    Issuing country: Greece
    Number of coins to be issued: 750.000

  •  Ireland

    Issuing country: Ireland
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.000.000

  • Italy

    Issuing country: Italy
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.000.000

  • Latvia

    Issuing country: Latvia
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.010.000

  • Lithuania

    Issuing country: Lithuania
    Number of coins to be issued: 750.000

  • Luxembourg

    Issuing country: Luxembourg
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.400.000

  • Malta

    Issuing country: Malta
    Number of coins to be issued: 300.000

  • The Netherlands

    Issuing country: The Netherlands
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.000.000

  • Portugal

    Issuing country: Portugal
    Number of coins to be issued: 520.000

  • Slovakia

    Issuing country: Slovakia
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.000.000

  • Slovenia

    Issuing country: Slovenia
    Number of coins to be issued: 1.000.000

  • Spain

    Issuing country: Spain
    Number of coins to be issued: 4.000.000

  • Additional Issues

    In addition, the following countries issue their own EUR 2 commemorative circulation coins:

     

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  2015 – European Year for Development
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 250,000 coins
    Date of issue:  September 2015

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  The 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue:  January 2015

  • France

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  Europe building peace and security since 1945
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 4 million coins
    Date of issue:  January 2015

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  25 years of German Unity
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 30 million coins
    Date of issue:  30 January 2015

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  Hessen from the ‘Lander’ series
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 30 million coins
    Date of issue:  30 January 2015

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  EXPO Milano 2015
    Description: The design depicts a composition symbolizing 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. Volume of issuance:
    3,5 million coins
    Date of issue:  March 2015

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri 1265-2015
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 3,5 million coins
    Date of issue:  July 2015

  • Latvia

  • Lettland 2014

    Subject of commemoration:  Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 2 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2015

  • Luxembourg

  • Luxemburg 2014

    Subject of commemoration:  the 15th anniversary of the accession to the throne of H.R.H. the Grand Duke
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1.4 million coins
    Date of issue: March 2015

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  125th anniversary of the House of Nassau-Weilburg
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1.4 million coins
    Date of issue:  August 2015

  • Malta

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  First flight from Malta
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 300 000 coins
    Date of issue: March 2015

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  Republic of Malta 1974
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 400 000 coins
    Date of issue: September 2015

  • Portugal

  • Portugal 2014

    Subject of commemoration:  The 150th Anniversary of the Portuguese Red Cross
    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 semi-circle, 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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 520 000 coins
    Date of issue: April 2015

  • Portugal 2014

    Subject of commemoration: 500 years of the first contacts with Timor, nowadays an independent Portuguese speaking country (Timor Lorosae).
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 520 000 coins.
    Date of issue: July 2015.

  • San Marino

  • Slowakei 2014

    Subject of commemoration:  90th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 100 000 coins
    Date of issue: September 2015

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  the 500th anniversary of the death of Bramante Lazzari delle Penne di San Marino
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 110 000 coins
    Date of issue: June 2015

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 104 000 coins
    Date of issue: 8 April 2015

  • Slovakia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  The 200th anniversary of the birth of Ľudovít Štúr
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue:  October 2015

  • Slovenia

  • Slowenien 2014

    Subject of commemoration:  Emona – Ljubljana
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2015

  • Spain

  • Spanien 2014

    Subject of commemoration:  Unesco’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites — Cave of Altamira
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 8 million coins
    Date of issue: 1 February 2015

  • Vatikan

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration:  The VIII World Meeting of Families
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 122,000 coins
    Date of issue:  October 2015

2014

If a euro area country intends to issue a €2 commemorative coin, it has to inform the European Commission. The Commission publishes the information in the multilingual Official Journal of the EU (C series). In Austria a corresponding Official Announcement of the Austrian Mint is published in the Official Gazette (Amtsblatt zur Wiener Zeitung).

  • Andorra

  • 2 Euro Andorra 2014

    Subject of commemoration: 20 years in the Council of Europe
    Description of the design: 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.
    Number of coins to be issued: 100 000
    Date of mintage: March 2014

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Centenary of the start of the First World War
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1.75 million coins
    Date of issue: April 2014

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 100th Anniversary of the birth of author and artist Tove Jansson
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1.5 million coins
    Date of issue: June/July 2014

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 100th Anniversary of the birth of author and artist Tove Jansson
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1.5 million coins
    Date of issue: June/July 2014

  • France

  • Umlauf-Gedenkm-nzen 2014 FR

    Subject of commemoration: 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 3 million coins
    Date of issue: June 2014

  • Umlauf-Gedenkm-nzen 2014 FR-2

    Subject of commemoration: The fight against AIDS by way of World AIDS Day
    Description: The red ribbon, symbolizing 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 symbolize 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 colored 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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 3 million coins
    Date of issue: November 2014

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Niedersachsen from the ‘Lander’ series
    Description: The design 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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 30 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2014

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 200th Anniversary of the foundation of Arma dei Carabinieri
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 6.5 million coins
    Date of issue: June 2014

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 450th Anniversary of the birth of Galileo Galilei (born in 1564)
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 6.5 million coins
    Date of issue: June 2014

  • Latvia

  • Latvia 2014

    Subject of commemoration: Riga – European Capital of Culture 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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: September 2014

  • Luxembourg

  • Luxembourg 2014

    Subject of commemoration: 175th anniversary of the independence of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1.4 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2014

  • Malta

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 200 years of Malta Police Force
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 300,000 coins
    Date of issue: July 2014

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Malta Independence 1964
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 400 000 coins
    Date of issue: October 2014

  • The Netherlands

  • 2 euro commemorative coin 2014: The Netherlands

    Subject of commemoration: The official farewell to the former Queen Beatrix
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 Million.
    Date of issue: Mai 2014.

  • Portugal

  • Portugal 2014

    Subject of commemoration: 40th Anniversary of the 25th April Revolution
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 500,000 coins
    Date of issue: April 2014

  • Portugal 2014

    Subject of commemoration: International Year of Family Farming
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 500,000 Münzen
    Date of issue: October 2014

  • Slovakia

  • Slovakia 2014

    Subject of commemoration: 10th anniversary of the accession of the Slovak Republic to the European Union
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: April 2014

  • Slovenia

  • Slovenia 2014

    Subject of commemoration: 600th anniversary of the coronation of Barbara of Celje
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: October 2014

  • Spain

  • Spain 2014

    Subject of commemoration: UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites – Park Güell
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 8 million coins
    Date of issue: March 2014

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Change of the Head of State
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 12 million coins
    Date of issue: October/November 2014

2013

A new Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council entitles each euro area Member State to issue two EUR 2 commemorative coins a year from 2013 onward. In addition to issuing national commemorative coins, Germany and France, for example, will jointly issue a commemorative coin in 2013 with the same design to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty marking 50 years of Franco-German friendship.

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 100th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Meteorological Institute (Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut/Institut Royal Météorologique)
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 2 million coins
    Date of issue: September 2013

  • Finland

  • finnland_2013_2

    Subject of commemoration: 150th anniversary of the Parliament of 1863 when regular Parliament sessions started in Finland
    Description: The 2-euro commemorative coin is depicted with the year 1863 and a shoot growing out of it symbolizing 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.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins / Date of issue: September 2013

  • finnland_2013

    Subject of commemoration: 125th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize winning author F. E. Sillanpää
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 1.5 million coins
    Date of issue: November 2013

  • France

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty
    Description: 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 features the mint mark as well as the issuing country’s code ‘RF’ and the left side features the ‘fleurette’, hallmark of the engraving workshop. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 10 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2013

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin, initiator of the revival of the Olympic Games, founder and first president of the International Olympic Committee
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the face of Pierre de Coubertin still young. Stylised Olympic rings form the background. They provide the framework for silhouettes symbolizing the Olympic sports. At the left, the indication of the issuing country ‘RF’ and the year ‘2013’. At the top, the inscription ‘PIERRE DE COUBERTIN’ in semi-circle. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: June 2013

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty
    Description: 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.
    Volume of issuance: 11 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2013

  • germany_2013_2

    Subject of commemoration: Baden-Württemberg from the ‘Lander’-series

    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.

    Volume of issuance: 30 million coins / Date of issue: February 2013

  • Greece

  • greece

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

    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. In exergue, ‘ΣΤΑΜ’ (monogram of the author G. Stamatopoulos). The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

    Volume of issuance: up to 750,000 coins

    Date of issue: Autumn 2013

  • greece

    Subject of commemoration: 100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece

    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. In exergue, ‘ΣΤΑΜ’ (monogram of the author G. Stamatopoulos). The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

    Volume of issuance: up to 750,000 coins

    Date of issue: Autumn 2013

  • Italy

  • Italy

    Subject of commemoration: 200th Anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe VERDI

    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

    Volume of issuance: 10 million coins

    Date of issue: March 2013

  • italy

    Subject of commemoration: 700th Anniversary of the birth of Giovanni BOCCACCIO

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

    Volume of issuance: 10 million coins

    Date of issue: July 2013

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The National Anthem of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    Description: 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.
    Volume of issuance: 1,4 million coins / Date of issue: September 2013

  • Malta

  • malta_2013

    Subject of commemoration: The Self-Government Constitution of 1921

    Description: The designs 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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

    Volume of issuance: 500,000 coins

    Date of issue: October 2013

  • Monaco

  • monaco_2013

    Subject of commemoration: 20th anniversary of the UNO joining

    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.

    Volume of issuance: 1,229,131 coins

    Date of issue: July 2013

  • The Netherlands

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The announcement of the abdication of the throne by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 20 million coins
    Date of issue: February 2013

  • niederlande_2013_2

    Subject of commemoration: 200 years Kingdom of the Netherlands

    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

    Volume of issuance: 3.5 million coins

    Date of issue: November 2013

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 250th anniversary of the construction of ‘Torre dos Clérigos’
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 525.000 million coins
    Date of issue: June 2013

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 500th anniversary of the death of the Italian painter Pinturicchio
    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 depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 115.000 million coins
    Date of issue: September 2013

  • Slovakia

  • slovakia

    Subject of commemoration: 1150th anniversary of the advent of the Mission of Constantine and Methodius to the Great Moravia
    Description: The design depicts the Thessalonian brothers Constantine and Methodius along with the symbolic double cross stood on three hills. The cross is at the same time held as a Bishop's crozier, thereby linking together 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 representing education and faith, while Methodius is shown with a church symbolizing faith and institutional Christianity. Along the lower edge of the inner part of the coin is the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’, the year ‘863’ and the year ‘2013’, with a dividing mark between each. Along the upper edge of the inner part are the names ‘KONŠTANTÍN’ and ‘METOD’. To the left of the brothers are the stylised letters ‘mh’, the initials of the coin's designer Miroslav Hric, and to the right is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint, comprising the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: July 2013

  • Slovenia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 800th anniversary of visits to Postojna Cave
    Description: The central image of the coin is a stylised spiral, which at the left side of the coin begins with inscription ‘POSTOJNSKA JAMA • 1213–2013 • SLOVENIJA’ and ends with two stylised speleothems. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: February 2013

  • Spain

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites — San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a view of the San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery. On the upper side, in circular sense and with capital letters, the name of the issuing country ‘ESPANA’. At the right hand side, the year of issuance ‘2013’ and the mint mark. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 8 million coins
    Date of issue: February 2013

  • The Vatican City

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    Subject of commemoration: 28th World Youth Day to be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro in July 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.

    Volume of issuance: 115,000 coins

    Date of issue: October 2013

  • vatikan_2013_2

    Subject of commemoration: Sede Vacante 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.

    Volume of issuance: 125,000 coins

    Date of issue: May 2013

2012

The year 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of euro banknotes and coins. To celebrate this date, the current 17 members of the euro area issued a circulating commemorative EUR 2 coin with a common motif on the national side. This is the third joint issue of commemorative euro coins after 2007 and 2009. Individual countries are free to issue an additional national EUR 2 coin in 2012 as well.

  • Jointly Issued Commemorative Circulation Coin

  • Issuing countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain

    Subject of commemoration: Ten years of the Euro

    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 ten 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(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom. The outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

    Issuing date: January 2012

  • Austria

  • Bild

    Legends: REPUBLIK ÖSTEREICH/2002-2012

    Mintmark: None

    Issuing volume: 11,3 million

    Edge lettering: 2 EURO ***, repeated four times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Legends: BE/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The Mint Master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and on the right hand sides of the country indication.

    Issuing volume: 5 million

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Cyprus

  • Bild

    Legends: KYΠPOΣ KIBRIS/2002-2012

    Mintmark: None

    Issuing volume: 1 million

    Edge lettering: `2 EYPΩ 2 EURO´ repeated twice

  • Estonia

  • Bild

    Legends: EESTI/2002-2012

    Mintmark: None

    Issuing volume: 2 million

    Edge lettering: EESTI, repeated two times upright and inverted

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Legends: SUOMI FINLAND/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the upper left hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 1,5 million

    Edge lettering: SUOMI FINLAND *** where *-marks represent lion heads

  • France

  • Bild

    Legends: RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark and mintmaster´s mark appear on the right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 10 million

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Legends: BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark (A, D, F, G or J) appears at the right hand side of the indication `2002-2012´.

    Issuing volume: 30 million

    Edge lettering: EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT and the design of the federal eagle

  • Greece

  • Bild

    Legends: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 1 million

    Edge lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ *

  • Ireland

  • Bild

    Legends: ÉIRE/2002-2012

    Mintmark: None

    Issuing volume: 3 million

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Legends: REPUBBLICA ITALIANA/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark `R´ appears at the right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 15 million

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Legends: LËTZEBUERG/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark and the Mint Master mark appear on the upper right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 1,4 million

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted In accordance with the national law, the coin shows an effigy of the Grand Duke as a latent image.

  • Malta

  • Bild

    Legends: MALTA/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmaster´s mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the bottom star.

    Issuing volume: 700.000

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • The Netherlands

  • Bild

    Legends: NEDERLAND/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The Mint Master mark and the mintmark appear on the right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 3,5 million

    Edge lettering: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS *

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Legends: PORTUGAL/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 520.000

    Edge lettering: Five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced

  • Slovakia

  • Bild

    Legends: SLOVENSKO/2002-2012

    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the upper right hand side of the design.

    Issuing volume: 1 million

    Edge lettering: SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA, followed by three symbols: star – linden leaf – star

  • Slovenia

  • Bild

    Legends: SLOVENIJA/2002-2012

    Mintmark: None

    Issuing volume: 1 million

    Edge lettering: SLOVENIJA, followed by an engraved dot

  • Spain

  • Bild

    Legends: ESPAÑA/2002-2012

    Mintmark: None

    Issuing volume: 8 million

    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Additional Issues

    In addition, the following countries issue their own EUR 2 commemorative circulation coins:

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Competition
    Description of the design: 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.
    Volume of issuance: 5 million coins
    Date of issue: May 2012

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 150th anniversary of the birth of the artist Helene SCHJERFBECK
    Description: The design shows a stylised self portrait of the artist with the text Helene SCHJERFBECK on the left and the yearmarks 1862-1946 on the right. Left on the lower side of the coin are the yearmark 2012 and the country’s reference FI. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 2 million coins
    Date of issue: September 2012

  • France

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 100th anniversary of the birth of the Abbé Pierre, famous in France as protector of the Poor
    Description: The coin depicts a portrait of the Abbé Pierre, with its béret, and the logo of its foundation, with a microtext mentioning `Et les autres?´ which was its favorite motto to recall that one should never forget to help the others. The letters `RF´ do appear for `Republique française´ together with the horn of plenty, mintmark of Monnaie de Paris on the left side, and the `fleurette´, hallmark of the engraving workshop on the right side. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: July 2012

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Bayern from the `Lander´-series
    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 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´.
    Volume of issuance: 30 million coins
    Date if issue: January 2012

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 100th anniversary of the death of Giovanni PASCOLI
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 15 million coins
    Date if issue: April 2012

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The Grand-Duke Henri and the Grand-Duke Guillaume IV from the series `grand-ducal dynasty´.
    Description: The coin depicts on the left of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right, and superimposed of the effigy of the Grand-Duke Guilluame IV, looking to the right. The text `GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG´ and the year-date `2012´, flanked by the mintmark and the initials of the Mintmaster, appear above of effigies on the inner part of the coin. In front of the effigies, the outline of the city Luxembourg appears as background. The names `HENRI´and `GUILLAUME IV´as well as the text `† 1912´are depicted below their respective effigies. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1,4 million coins
    Date if issue: January 2012

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The wedding of the Heir Grand-Duke Guillaume with the Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy
    Description: The coin depicts, on the left of its inner part, the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, and on the right of its inner part, the effigy of the Heir Grand-Duke Guillaume superimposed on the effigy of the Countess Stéphanie. The texts ‘PRËNZENHOCHZAÏT’ and ‘LËTZEBUERG’ and the year ‘2012’, 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.
    Volume of issuance: 1,4 million coins
    Date of issue: December 2012

  • Malta

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Majority Representation 1887
    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.
    Volume of issuance: 430.000 coins
    Date if issue: September 2012

  • Monaco

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 500th anniversary of the foundation of Monaco’s Sovereignty, by founder Lucien 1er GRIMALDI
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a portrait of Lucien 1er GRIMALDI in profile facing to the left. The words ‘SOUVERAINETE DE MONACO’ appear above the portrait in an arc along the upper edge of the inner part of the coin, flanked by the years ‘1512’ and ‘2012’. Two ornamental details are engraved at the beginning and at the end of the text. At the bottom, the horn of plenty, mintmark of the ‘Monnaie de Paris’, and the ‘fleurette’, hallmark of the engraving workshop, flank the portrait on the left hand side and the right hand side, respectively. Above the mintmark is engraved the inscription ‘Lucien Ier ’. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 100.000 coins
    Date of issue: July 2012

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The European Capital of Culture 2012, the city of Guimarães in the North of Portugal
    Description: The coin depicts three of Guimarães most relevant symbols: King Afonso Henriques and his sword and a part of the city castles. On the left, the Portuguese Coat of Arms and the indication of the issuing country: Portugal. On the bottom right is the Guimarães 2012 logo and the artist name: José de Guimarães. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 520.000 coins
    Date if issue: June 2012

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 10 years of the euro
    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 to 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, the mintmark at the right-hand side, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 130.000 coins
    Date if issue: May 2012

  • Spain

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: UNESCO´s World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites – The Burgos Cathedral
    Description: The coin portrays a Burgos Cathedral view. The name of the issuing country `ESPAÑA´ appears at the upper left hand side. On the right hand side the year `2012´ and the mintmark. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 8 million coins
    Date if issue: March 2012

  • The Vatican City

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The Seventh World Families´ Meeting
    Description: The inner ring features a family with the Cathedral of Milan. The inscription `VII INCONTRO MONDIALE DELLE FAMIGLIA´ surrounds the design, forming a semi-circle which is complemented at the upper right side by the name of the issuing state `CITTÁ DEL VATICANO´. The year 2012 appears on the right side and the name of the artist `G. TITOTTO´ followed by the indication of the engraver `LDS Inc´ is displayed on the left side. The mintmark `R´ appears at the bottom of the design, between the mother and the child. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 115.000 coins
    Date if issue: October 2012

2011

Also after the ninth year of the changeover to the euro the member states of the euro zone will issue further 2-euro commemorative circulation coins. These coins typically commemorate the anniversaries of historical events or draw attention to current events of special importance of the member states.

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 100th anniversary of International Woman´s day
    Description: The observe of the coin displays the effigy of Isala Van Diest, the first Belgian woman doctor, and Marie Popelin, the first Belgian woman lawyer. The names are written under the effigies and around the year `2011´, and are crowned with the symbol of the corresponding profession. Above the effigies, to the left and right respectively of the indication of the issuing country, `BE´, the mark of the mint master and the mint mark are shown. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 5 million coins
    Date of issue: March 2011

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 200th anniversary of the Bank of Finland
    Description: The centre of the coin shows the Finnish national bird, whooper swan. The swan´s wind separates the years `1811´ (bottom right) and `2011´ (centre left). The letter `V´ in the left armpit of the swan stands for the surname of the designer, Hannu Veijalainen. At the bottom of the inner ring, the indication of the issuing country `FI´and the mintmark appear. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1,5 million coins
    Date of issue: October 2011

  • France

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 30th anniversary of the Day of Music
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts 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 in France every summer solstice since 1981. The words `Fête de la MUSIQUE´ and the date `21 JUIN 2011´ appear at the centre of the drawing. On top, slanting rightwards, are the words `30e ANNIVERSAIRE´, and the country indication `RF´ appears at the bottom. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 10 million coins
    Date of issue: June 2011

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Nordrhein-Westfalen
    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 marks, 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´.
    Volume of issuance: 30 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2011

  • Greece

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The organisation of Special Olympics World Games – Athens 2011
    Description: The centre of the coin shows the emblem of the Games, a radiant sun, the source of life that underlines the excellence and power of the athlete that takes part in the Games. Excellence is depicted in the olive branch and power in the spiral form in the centre of the sun. Around the image is written the sign `XIII Special Olympics W.S.G. Athens 2011´ as well as the issuing country `Ελληνικη Δημοκρατια´. The mintmark is also depicted in between. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: End of the second trimester 2011

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows, at the centre, three Italian flags in the wind, representing the three past 50th anniversaries – 1911, 1961 and 2011 – which illustrate a perfect link between generations: this is the logo of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. At the top, the inscription `150° DELL’UNITA’ D’ITALIA´ (150th anniversary of the unification of Italy); at the right, the initials of the issuing country `RI´ (Republic of Italy); at the bottom, the dates `1861 › 2011 › ›’; under the dates, at the center, the mintmark `R´ and at the right, the initials of the artist Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini and the first three letters of the Italian name of his profession (incisore) `ELF INC.´. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 10 million coins
    Date of issue: March 2011

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 50th anniversary of the appointment by the Grand-Duchess Charlotte of her son Jean as `lieutenant-représentant´
    Description: The coin depicts on the right hand of its inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, looking 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 effigy. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1,4 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2011

  • Malta

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: First elected representatives
    Description: The center of the coin shows a hand putting a vote into a ballot box. At the bottom, the year `2011´. At the top, extending to the right along inner ring, the words `Malta – First elected representatives 1849´. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 430.000 coins
    Date of issue: Second half of 2011

  • Monaco

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The wedding of Prince Albert und Charlene
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows, at the centre, the effigies of Prince Albert and Charlene. At the bottom, the name of the issuing country `MONACO´ and the year of issuance `2011´. The mint mark and the mint engravers mark appear before and after `MONACO 2011´, respectively. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 148.000 coins
    Date of issue: 2 July 2011

  • The Netherlands

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 500th anniversary of the issue of the world famous book `Laus Stultitiae´ by the Dutch philosopher, humanist and theologian Desiderus Erasmus
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts Erasmus writing his book and the effigy of Queen Beatrix. Between these two images, the inscription `Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden´ vertically positioned, the year `2011´, the Mint master mark and the mintmark. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag.
    Volume of issuance: 4 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2011

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 500th anniversary of the birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto, the Portuguese explorer of the Asian seas and countries
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a sailing ship on several wave-shaped inscriptions referring to Portugal, Lisbon, his book and some of his travel destinations. The inscription `Portugal´ appears underneath. His name combined with the years 1511 and 2011 appear on top of the inner part. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 520.000 coins
    Date of issue: September 2011

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 500th anniversary of the birth of the Italian painter Giorgio Vasari (30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574). Vasari was also a writer, historian and architect, famous for his biographies of Italian artists, and he is now considered the ideological founder of art-historical writing.
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a detail from the painting `Judith and Holofernes´ by Giorgio Vasari. At the bottom are the dates `1511-2011´, with `G. Vasari´ and the mintmark `R´ on the left. On the right are the inscriptions `San Marino´ and `C.M.´, the initials of the mint maker Claudia Momoni. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 130 000 coins
    Date of issue: June 2011

  • Slovakia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 20th anniversary of the formation of the Visegrad Group
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a map of the four countries that comprise the Visegrad Group: the Republic of Poland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, and the Republic of Hungary. The map is supplemented by a stylized abbreviation `V IV´. The name of the issuing country, `SLOVENSKO´, is located in the lower right part and the year `2011´ is in the lower left part of the coin field. The design is surrounded by the legend `VYŠEHRADSKÁ SKUPINA • VISEGRAD GROUP´ and the date of the Visegrad Group foundation `15.2.1991´. The initials of the author of the coin’s design, Miroslav Rónai `MR´, and the mark of the Kremnica Mint, `MK´, appear under the name of the country. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: January 2011

  • Slovenia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 100th anniversary of the birth of the national hero Franc Rozman-Stane
    Description: The design shows on the left side the image of Franc Rozman-Stane with five-armed star in his lower part. The legend `SLOVENIJA´ separates upper and lower part of the right side of the coin. Under the legend the year `2011´ is written vertically. On the upper side, vertically one under the other are legends `FRANC´, `ROZMAN´, `STANE´ and horizontally the years `1911´ and `1944´. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag.
    Volume of issuance: 1 million coins
    Date of issue: March 2011

  • Spain

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites – Patio de los Leones of the Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín in Granada.
    Description: The design shows an image of the Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra in Granada. At the bottom the name of the issuing country `ESPAÑA´ and the year-date `2011´ and at the top, the mintmark. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 8 million coins
    Date of issue: March 2011

  • Vatican City State

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 26th World Youth Day
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows, at the centre, some young people and flags, and also the mintmark `R´ and the year `2011´. At the top, along the outer limit of the inner ring, from left to the right, `XXVI´ and `G.M.G.´ from Giornata Mondiale della Gioventù (World Youth Day). At the bottom, the name of the issuing country `CITTÀ DEL VATICANO´. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Volume of issuance: 115.000 coins
    Date of issue: October 2011

2010

The list of 2-euro commemorative circulation coins will further grow during the year 2010. The commemorative circulation coins have the same technical characteristics as other 2-euro coins, but their national side features a commemorative design that is highly symbolic in national or European terms.

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 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.
    Issuing volume: 5 million coins
    Issuing date: June 2010

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Currency Decree of 1860 granting Finland the right to issue banknotes and coins.
    Description: The design shows on the left side a stylised lion figure from the coat of arms of Finland and the year ’2010’. On the right side, the mintmark and a set of numbers symbolizing coin values. At the bottom, the indication of the issuing country reference ’FI’. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1.6 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2010

  • France

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The Call made by General de Gaulle on 18 June 1940 from London, via the BBC, which was a genuine founding act of the Resistance.
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows General de Gaulle, in uniform, bareheaded, at a microphone typical of the time, reading the Call, in which the name of the country ’RF’ is clearly inserted. At the top is the year of issue ’2010’, and below it ’70 ANS’ (70 YEARS) and ’APPEL 18 JUIN’ (CALL 18 JUNE). The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 20 million coins
    Issuing date: June 2010

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Feature: Town Hall and Roland Statue, Bremen
    Description: 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.
    Issuing volume: 30 million coins
    Issuing date: 29 January 2010

  • Greece

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a synthesis of a shield and a runner/warrior symbolizing the battle for freedom and the noble ideals derived from the battle of Marathon. The bird on the shield symbolizes the birth of western civilization at his present form. Around the image it is written in Greek ’MAPAΘΩΝΑΣ/2500 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ/490 Π.Χ./2010 Μ.Χ.’ and the issuing country ’ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ’. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 2.5 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2010

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 200th Anniversary of the birth of Camillo Benso, count of Cavour.
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows in the centre a detail of the portrait of the Italian statesman. On the left ’CAVOUR’ and the monogram of the Italian Republic ’RI’. On the right ’R’, the dates ’1810’ and ’2010’ and the initials of the artist Claudia Momoni ’C.M.’. The outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 4 million coins
    Issuing date: March 2010

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Coat of Arms of the Grand Duke
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts, on the left, a portrait of Grand Duke Henri facing towards the right, and on the right, the Coat of Arms of the Grand Duke, above which the year of minting ’2010’ is featured between Mint marks, overlapping slightly into the outer ring. Below, 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 flag.
    Issuing volume: 1 million coins
    Issuing date: end-January 2010

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 100th anniversary of Portugal becoming a republic
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts, in the centre, the Portuguese coat of arms and the ’República’ effigy, two of the most representative symbols of the Portuguese Republic, surrounded by the legend ’República Portuguesa – 1910-2010’, the mintmark ’INCM’ and the name of the author ’JOSE CÂNDIDO’. The outer ring of the coin depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 2,035,000 coins
    Issuing date: September 2010

  • Slovenia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 200th anniversary of the botanical garden in Ljubljana
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the Rebrinčevolistna Hladnikija plant. On the left under the plant, its name ’HLADNIKIA PASTINACIFOLIA’ is written in an arc. Around the image in a circle is the legend ’SLOVENIJA 2010. 200 LET. BOTANIČNI VRT. LJUBLJANA.’ The outer ring of the coin depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1 million coins
    Issuing date: May 2010

  • Spain

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The historical centre of Córdoba, UNESCO world heritage site
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the interior of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. On the left, the Mint mark. Below, the name of the issuing country followed by the year of issue ’ESPAÑA 2010’. The coin’s outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 8 million coins
    Issuing date: First quarter of 2010

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The 500th anniversary of the death of Sandro Botticelli.
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts Pleasure, a detail of one of the three dancing Graces, freely inspired by the painting ’La Primavera’ of Sandro Botticelli. On the top the year ’2010’. On the left the name of the issuing country ’SAN MARINO’ and the mint mark ’R’ and on the right the initial ’m’ of the author Roberto Mauri. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 130,000 coins
    Issuing date: 7 September 2010

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: The Year for Priests.
    Description: The inner part of the coin features a shepherd drawing a lamb from a lion’s maw. Two inscriptions are engraved around the design: the issuing country ’CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’ on the top and the subject of commemoration ’ANNO SACERDOTALE’ below it. The year ’2010’ is displayed to the left of the design, the mintmark ’R’ at the bottom and the artist’s name ’VEROI’ to the right. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 115,000 coins
    Issuing date: 12 October 2010

2009

In 2009 the euro area countries issue a EUR 2 commemorative circulation coin with a common design in order to celebrate ten years of economic and monetary union. All 16 Member States participate. In addition, some countries will issue their own EUR 2 commemorative circulation coin again.

  • Jointly issued commemorative circulation coin

    Issuing states: Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland

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

    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(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU translated into the national language(s) appear at the bottom.

    The outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.

  • Bild

    Belgium
    BELGIË BELGIQUE BELGIEN
    EMU 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The Mint Master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the country names.
    Issuing volume: 5 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Germany
    BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND
    WWU 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark (A, D, F, G or J) appears at the right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 30 million
    Edge lettering: EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT and the design of the federal eagle

  • Bild

    Ireland
    éire
    AEA 1999-2009 EMU
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 5 million maximum
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Greece
    ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
    ONE 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 4 million
    Edge lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ *

  • Bild

    Spain
    ESPAÑA
    UEM 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the upper left hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 8 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    France
    RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
    EM 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark and the engraver’s mark appear respectively on the left and the right hand side of the bottom inscription.
    Issuing volume: 10 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Italy
    REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
    UEM 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark ’R’ appears at the right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 2.5 million
    Edge lettering: 2 * repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Cyprus
    KYΠPOΣ KIBRIS
    ONE 1999-2009
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 1 million
    Edge lettering: 2 EYPΩ 2 EURO repeated twice

  • Bild

    Luxembourg
    LËTZEBUERG
    UEM 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The Mint Master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the bottom star.
    Issuing volume: 1.4 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted
    Remark: In accordance with the national law, the coin shows an effigy of the Grand Duke as a latent image.

  • Bild

    Malta
    MALTA
    UEM 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The Mint Master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the bottom star.
    Issuing volume: 700,000
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    The Netherlands
    NEDERLAND
    EMU 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The Mint Master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the bottom star.
    Issuing volume: 5.3 million
    Edge lettering: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS *

  • Bild

    Austria
    REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
    WWU 1999-2009
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 5 million
    Edge lettering: 2 EURO *** repeated four times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Portugal
    PORTUGAL
    UEM 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 1.285 million
    Edge lettering: five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced

  • Bild

    Slovenia
    SLOVENIJA
    EMU 1999-2009
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 1 million
    Edge lettering: ’SLOVENIJA’ followed by an engraved dot

  • Bild

    Slovakia
    SLOVENSKO
    HMÚ 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the left hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 2.5 million
    Edge lettering: ’SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA’ followed by three symbols: star – linden leaf – star

  • Bild

    Finland
    SUOMI FINLAND
    2009
    EMU 1999-2009
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the upper right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 1.4 million
    Edge lettering: TALOUS- JA RAHALIITTO EMU

  • Additional issues

    In addition, the following countries issue their own EUR 2 commemorative circulation coins:

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Bicentenary of the birth of Louis Braille (1809-1852)
    Description: The inner part of the coin features a portrait of Louis Braille between his initials, L and B, in the alphabet that he designed. Above the portrait is the legend ’LOUIS BRAILLE’, and underneath is the issuing country reference, ’BE’, between 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 depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 5 million coins
    Issuing date: September 2009

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 200th anniversary of the first Diet of Finland and the founding of Central Government Institutions in Finland
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the profile of the Porvoo Cathedral, which was the site of opening of the first Diet of Finland. The date 1809 appears on the top. The year mark 2009 is on the right hand side. The indication of the issuing country ’FI’ and the mintmark are on the left hand side. The coin’s outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1.6 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2009

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Feature: Saint Louis church (Ludwigskirche), Saarbrücken, Saarland
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the Saint Louis church (Ludwigskirche) in Saarbrücken. The name of the federal state ’SAARLAND’ and the mintmark, represented by one of the letters ’A’, ’D’, ’F’, ’G’ or ’J’, appear under the monument. The initials ’FB’ of the engraver Friedrich Brenner are displayed on the right of the monument. The lower part of the outer ring of the coin features the name of the issuing country ’BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND’ and the upper part bears the year ’2009’ and twelve stars.
    Issuing volume: 30 million coins
    Issuing date: February 2009
    Edge lettering: EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT and the federal eagle.

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Bicentenary of the birth of Louis Braille (1809-1852)
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a hand reading an open book by touch. Above the index finger, which is pointing at the vertical inscription ’LOUIS BRAILLE 1809-2009’, are two birds symbolizing freedom of knowledge. The issuing country reference, ’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 Colanéri. The coin’s outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 2 million coins
    Issuing date: September/October 2009

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Feature: The Grand-Duke Henri and the Grand-Duchess Charlotte
    Description: The coin depicts, on the left-hand side of its inner part, the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri superimposed on the effigy of the Grand-Duchess Charlotte, both looking to the left. The vertically aligned text ’LËTZEBUERG’ and the year ’2009’, flanked by the Mintmaster’s mark and the mintmark, appear on the right-hand side of the inner part of the coin. The outer ring of the coin shows the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1.4 million coins
    Issuing date: January 2009
    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 2nd Lusophone Games
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a gymnast swirling a long ribbon. At the top, the Portuguese coat of arms appears within a semi-circle formed by the name of the issuing country ’PORTUGAL’. In a semi-circle 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’s head, to the left. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag, on a background of concentric circular lines.
    Issuing volume: 1.25 million coins
    Issuing date: June 2009

  • Slovakia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a stylised bell made up of a series of keys. This recalls the demonstration on 17 November 1989, when marching citizens shook their bunches of keys to make a jangling sound. This marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. To the bottom right of the design are the artist’s mark and the mint mark of the Slovak Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica). The design is surrounded above by the legend ’17. NOVEMBER SLOBODA – DEMOKRACIA’ and the dates ’1989-2009’ and below by the name of the issuing country, ’SLOVENSKO’. The coin’s outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1 million coins
    Issuing date: November 2009

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 2009, European Year of Creativity and Innovation
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts objects representing 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 flag.
    Issuing volume: 130,000 coins
    Issuing date: May 2009

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: International Year of Astronomy
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts an allegory of the birth of the stars and planets together with several astronomical instruments. The mint mark ’R’ is situated in the bottom left quadrant and the year ’2009’ is at the bottom. The design is surrounded on the bottom left-hand side by the legend ’ANNO INTERNAZIONALE DELL’ASTRONOMIA’ and on the top right-hand side by the name of the issuing country, ’CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. The coin’s outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 106,084 coins
    Issuing date: October 2009

2008

Eight of the 15 euro area countries issued a EUR 2 commemorative coin in 2008: Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovenia. In addition, San Marino and the Vatican issued a EUR 2 commemorative coin again.

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts curved lines around a rectangle marked with the figure 60. The year 2008 is inscribed above the rectangle and the words ’UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS’ underneath it. The name of the country is inscribed in a semi-circle below the design in its three official languages, ’BELGIË - BELGIQUE – BELGIEN’. The mintmark and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint appear to the left and right of the design respectively. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 5 million coins
    Issuing date: April/May 2008
    Edge lettering: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a human figure seen through a heart-shaped hole in a stone wall. The text ’HUMAN RIGHTS’ is inscribed under the heart. The year mark ’2008’ is engraved above the heart. The indication of the issuing country ’FI’, the letter ’K’ (initial of the artist Tapio Kettunen) and the mintmark appear at the bottom of the design. The outer ring of the coin shows the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1.5 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2008
    Edge lettering: ’SUOMI FINLAND ***’, where the * stands for a lion head.

  • France

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: French Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2008
    Description: The inner part of the coin features the following inscription: ’2008 PRÉSIDENCE FRANÇAISE UNION EUROPÉENNE RF’. The currency mark and the mintmaster’s mark are located below, to the left and the right respectively. The coin’s outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 20 million coins
    Issuing date: July 2008
    Edge lettering: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Feature: St Michael’s Church, Hamburg
    Description: The inner part of the coin features St Michael’s church, Hamburg. The name of the federal State ’HAMBURG’ is inscribed beneath the church. To the right of the church are the engraver’s initial ’O’ and above it towards the top centre the mintmark (’A’, ’D’, ’F’, ’G’ or ’J’). The outer ring has the year of issue inscribed at the top, six stars on each side and below them the words ’BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND’.
    Issuing volume: 30 million coins
    Issuing date: 1 February 2008
    Edge lettering: ’EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT’ and the federal eagle

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a man and a woman with an olive branch, an ear of corn, a cogwheel and some barbed wire, symbols representing the right to peace, food, work and freedom respectively, along with the links of a chain broken to form the figure ’60°’. In the centre of the coin are the initials of the issuing country ’RI’; to the left the year 2008; to the right the initials ’MCC’ of the artist Maria Carmela Colaneri and the mint mark ’R’; at the bottom, a cartouche with the inscription ’DIRITTI UMANI’. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 5 million coins
    Issuing date: April 2008
    Edge lettering: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Feature: The Grand-Duke Henri and the official residence ’Château de Berg’
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows, on the left-hand side in the foreground, the effigy of His Royal Highness the Grand-Duke Henri looking to the right and, on the right-hand side in the background, the picture of the ’Château de Berg’. The date 2008, flanked by the mint mark and the mark of the engraving workshop, is inscribed on the top. The name of the issuing country ’LËTZEBUERG’ appears at the bottom of the design.
    Issuing volume: 1.3 million coins
    Issuing date: End-January 2008
    Edge lettering: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows the Portuguese coat of arms at the top, above the name of the issuing country (’PORTUGAL’), the year mark ’2008’ and a geometric design in the bottom half of the centre. The legend ’60 ANOS DA DECLARAÇÃO UNIVERSAL DOS DIREITOS HUMANOS’ runs along the edge of the bottom two thirds of the inner ring and is followed by the inscription ’Esc. J. Duarte INCM’ in very small characters. The outer ring of the coin shows the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1 035 000 coins
    Issuing date: September 2008
    Edge lettering: Five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced.

  • Slovenia

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 500th anniversary of Primož Trubar’s birth
    Description: The inner part of the coin features an effigy of Primož Trubar in left profile. On the left, in two semi-circles, the inscription ’PRIMOŽ TRUBAR’ and ’1508-1586’. Towards the bottom on the right, in semi-circle, the inscription ’SLOVENIJA 2008’. The coin’s outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 1 million coins
    Issuing date: May 2008
    Edge lettering: ’SLOVENIJA’ followed by an engraved dot.

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 2008, European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
    Description: The inner part of the coin represents the different cultures of the five regions within the European continent, symbolized by five human silhouettes and the sacred texts of the different communities. Arched inscriptions complete the design: at the top, ’SAN MARINO’, above the year ’2008’; and at the bottom, ’ANNO EUROPEO DEL DIALOGO INTERCULUTURALE’ and the initials ’E.L.F.’ of the artist, Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini; to the left, the mint mark ’R’. The coin’s outer ring contains the 12 stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 130,000 coins
    Issuing date: April 2008
    Edge lettering: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 2008, The Year of Saint Paul
    Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the conversion of Saint Paul on the road to Damascus (the city is visible in the background); the saint, dazzled by a light from the sky, falls from his rearing horse. Two inscriptions are engraved around the portrait: on the left hand side, an inscription denoting the issuing country ’CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’; on the right hand side, the legend ’ANNO SANCTO PAULO DICATO’. The year ’2008’ is inscribed to the right of the portrait, as well as the mintmark ’R’ and the artist’s name ’VEROI’. Beneath the portrait are the initials of the engraver Luciana De Simoni, ’L.D.S. INC.’. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
    Issuing volume: 100,000 coins
    Issuing date: October 2008
    Edge lettering: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

2007

The commemorative circulation coins issued in 2007 are dedicated to the signing of the Treaty of Rome 50 years ago, which laid the foundation of today’s European Union. In order to mark the occasion, the 13 euro area countries decided to jointly issue their first common EUR 2 commemorative circulation coin. In addition, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican issued their own EUR 2 commemorative circulation coins.

  • Jointly issued commemorative circulation coin

    Issuing states: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Finland

    Subject of commemoration: 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome

    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 translation of the word ’Europe’ appears above the book. The translation of the words ’Treaty of Rome 50 years’ is inscribed above the design. The year 2007 and the national name of the issuing country are inscribed under the design. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.

    Issuing date: 25 March 2007

  • Bild

    Belgium
    PACTVM ROMANVM
    QVINQVAGENARIVM
    EUROPAE
    BELGIQUE-BELGIË-BELGIEN
    Mintmark: The mint master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the year mark.
    Issuing volume: 5 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Germany
    RÖMISCHE VERTRÄGE
    50 JAHRE
    EUROPA
    BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND
    Mintmark: The mintmark (A, D, F, G or J) appears at the right hand side of the year mark.
    Issuing volume: 30 million
    Edge lettering: EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT and the design of the federal eagle

  • Bild

    Ireland
    conradh na róimhe
    50 bliain
    an eoraip
    éire
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 4.82 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Greece
    ΣΥΝΘΗΚΗ ΤΗΣ ΡΩΜΗΣ
    50 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ
    ΕΥΡΩΠΗ
    ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 4 million
    Edge lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

  • Bild

    Spain
    TRATADO DE ROMA
    50 AÑOS
    EUROPA
    ESPAÑA
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the lower right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 8 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    France
    TRAITÉ DE ROME
    50 ANS
    EUROPE
    RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
    Mintmark: The mintmark and the engraver’s mark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the year mark.
    Issuing volume: 9.4 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Italy
    TRATTATI DI ROMA
    50° ANNIVERSARIO
    EUROPA
    REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
    Mintmark: The mintmark ’R’ appears at the lower right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 5 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Luxembourg
    TRAITÉ DE ROME
    50 ANS
    EUROPE
    LËTZEBUERG
    Mintmark: The effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri, is superimposed as a latent image on the left hand side of the design. The mintmark and the engraver’s mark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the year mark.
    Issuing volume: 2.1 million
    Edge lettering: 2 ** repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    The Netherlands
    VERDRAG VAN ROME
    50 JAAR
    EUROPA
    KONINKRIJK DER NEDERLANDEN
    Mintmark: The mint master mark and the mintmark appear respectively on the left and the right hand sides of the year mark.
    Issuing volume: 6.333 million
    Edge lettering: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS *

  • Bild

    Austria
    VERTRAG VON ROM
    50 JAHRE
    EUROPA
    REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 9 million
    Edge lettering: 2 EURO *** repeated four times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Bild

    Portugal
    TRATADO DE ROMA
    50 ANOS
    EUROPA
    PORTUGAL
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears at the right hand side of the design.
    Issuing volume: 2 million
    Edge lettering: five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced

  • Bild

    Slovenia
    RIMSKA POGODBA
    50 LET
    EVROPA
    SLOVENIJA
    Mintmark: none
    Issuing volume: 0.4 million
    Edge lettering: "SLOVENIJA", followed by an engraved dot

  • Bild

    Finland
    ROOMAN SOPIMUS 50 V
    EUROOPPA
    SUOMI FINLAND
    Mintmark: The mintmark appears on the outer ring, on the left hand side of the coin.
    Issuing volume: 1.4 million
    Edge lettering: ROMFÖRDRAGET 50 ÅR EUROPA

  • Additional issues

    In addition, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican issued their own EUR 2 commemorative circulation coins.

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Feature: The Grand-Ducal Palace
    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 picture of the grand-ducal Palace on the left hand side of the inner part. The date 2007 is inscribed on the left side of the inner part, with the engraver’s mark above and the mint mark below. The text ’LËTZEBUERG’ appears under the design on the inner part of the coin. The twelve stars of the European flag surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.
    Issuing volume: 1.1 million coins
    Issuing date: February 2007
    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Feature: Schwerin Castle, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a representation of the Schwerin Castle. The word "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" is inscribed underneath the castle and the engraver’s initials ’HH’ appear at the bottom of the inner part of the coin. One of the letters ’A’, ’D’, ’F’, ’G’ or ’J’ appears as the mintmark above the design. Twelve stars form a semicircle on the upper part of the outer ring, interrupted by the year of mintage ’2007’ at the top of the coin. The words ’Bundesrepublik Deutschland’ form a semicircle on the lower part of the outer ring.
    Issuing volume: 30 million coins
    Issuing date: 2 February 2007
    Edge lettering: ’EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT’ and the federal eagle

  • Portugal

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a cork oak (Quercus Suber). Under the branches, on the left hand side, the Portuguese coat of arms; on the right hand side, the word ’POR TU GAL’ written on three lines. The legend ’2007 PRESIDÊNCIA DO CONSELHO DA UE’ is inscribed in a semicircle along the bottom of the inner part, with the artist signature (I Vilar) on the left and the mintmark (INCM) near the Coat of Arms. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 2 million coins
    Approximate issuing date: July 2007
    Edge lettering: five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced.

  • Monaco

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Grace
    Description: On the inner part of the coin there is an effigy of Princess Grace in profile facing to the left. ’MONACO’, followed by the mint mark, the year ’2007’ and the engraver’s mark, is engraved in an arc in the bottom right of the inner part. The name of the artist (R.B.BARON) is engraved under the Princess’s hair. The coin’s outer ring depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 20,001 coins
    Approximate issuing date: July 2007
    Edge lettering: 2 **, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: Bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Description: The inner circle of the coin features a portrait of Giuseppe Garibaldi. The inscription ’SAN MARINO’ and the year mark ’2007’ are engraved along the circle on the left and right hand sides respectively. The mint mark ’R’ and the initials of the author Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini ’E.L.F.’ appear on the left hand side of the inner circle. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
    Issuing volume: 130,000 coins
    Approximate issuing date: October 2007
    Edge lettering: 2 *, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 80th anniversary of the Pope Benedictus XVI.
    Description: The inner part of the coin features a bust of His Holiness Benedictus XVI in profile facing to the left. The legend ’BENEDICTI XVI P.M. AETATIS ANNO LXXX CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’ is engraved around the portrait. On the left hand side, the mintmark ’R’, the issuing year ’2007’ and the initials of the engraver ’M.C.C. INC.’. On the right hand side, the author’s name ’LONGO’. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 100,000 coins
    Approximate issuing date: September-October 2007
    Edge lettering: 2 *, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Subject of commemoration: 90th anniversary of the declaration of independence
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows nine people rowing a boat with long oars. The year mark 2007 and the year 1917 appear on the top and the bottom of the design respectively. The mintmark appears on the left hand side, and the indication of the country ’FI’ on the right hand side. The outer ring of the coin depicts the twelve stars of the European flag.
    Issuing volume: 2 million coins
    Approximate issuing date: December 2007
    Edge lettering: SUOMI FINLAND *** where the * stands for a lion head.

2006

Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, San Marino and the Vatican have issued EUR 2 commemorative coins in 2006. Germany’s first EUR 2 commemorative coin is the first of a series of coins designed to increase the European public’s awareness of Germany’s federal structure. Each coin is dedicated to a federal state. The coins will be issued in the order of rotation of the Bundesrat presidency (the Upper House of the German parliament representing the federal states) beginning with Schleswig-Holstein in 2006.

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Feature: XX. Olympic Winter Games in Torino
    Description: The foreground shows a skier racing, against a background of stylised graphic elements: the monogram of the Italian Republic "RI" at the top left, below it the letter "R" and an image of Turin’s landmark Mole Antonelliana building with the inscription "TORINO" below; the words "GIOCHI INVERNALI" at the top right; to the right of the skier, the year of issue, 2006, written vertically, and the initials of the designer, Maria Carmela Colaneri, MCC. The twelve stars of the European Union encircle the design.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 40 million coins
    Issuing date: January/February 2006

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

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

    Description: The coin depicts on the left-hand side of the inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, The Grand-Duke Henri looking to the right, superimposed on the effigy of the hereditary Grand-Duke Guillaume, on the right-hand side of the inner part. The date 2006 appears below both effigies, flanked by the letter "S" and the logo of the Mint. The word "LËTZEBUERG" appears above the effigies along the upper edge of the inner part of the coin. The 12 stars surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.#
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 1.1 million coins
    Issuing date: January 2006

  • Germany

  • Bild

    Feature: The federal structure of Germany
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows a representation of the "Holstentor", the landmark gate of the town of Lübeck. The word "Schleswig-Holstein" appears underneath the gate at the bottom of the inner part. The engraver’s initials "HH" are depicted on the right hand side of the design. One of the letters "A", "D", "F", "G" or "J" appears as the mintmark on the left hand side of the design. Twelve stars form a semicircle on the upper part of the outer ring, interrupted by the year of mintage "2006" at the top of the coin. The words "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" form a semicircle on the lower part of the outer ring.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 30 million coins
    Issuing date: February 2006

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Feature: Atomium
    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".
    Issuing volume: 5 million coins
    Issuing date: April 2006

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Feature: 100th anniversary of the universal and equal suffrage
    Description: The inner part of the coin shows male and female faces separated by a line. On the left side of the coin, is the date 1 October 1906 and on the right side, is the year with the imbedded country abbreviation "20 FI 06". The mint mark "M" appears at the left of each face. The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 2.5 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2006
    Edge lettering: "SUOMI FINLAND ***" (where the * stands for a lion’s head).

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Feature: 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus
    Description: portrait of Christopher Columbus and a representation of the three Caravels; above the portrait the inscription "SAN MARINO" and the wind rose; in the middle the mint mark "R"; below, the dates "1506 – 2006" in a cartouche and the initials of the author Luciana De Simoni "LDS"; on the outer ring, the twelve stars of the European flag surrounding the design.
    Issuing volume: 120,000 coins
    Issuing date: October 2006
    Edge lettering: 2* repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Feature: 5th centenary of the Swiss Pontifical Guard
    Description: The coin features a Swiss guard taking the solemn oath on the Swiss Guard flag. The inscription "GUARDIA SVIZZERA PONTIFICIA" surrounds the guard, forming a semi-circle which is complemented under the flag by the name of the issuing state "CITTÁ DEL VATICANO". The year 1506 appears on the left side, above the signature of the engraver "O. ROSSI" along the pole of the flag. The year 2006 appears on the upper right side, above the mint mark "R". The twelve stars of the European flag are depicted on the outer ring.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 100,000 coins
    Issuing date: November 2006
    Edge lettering: 2* repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

2005

In 2005 Austria issued its first EUR 2 commemorative coin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty.

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    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
    Description: Depicted in the center 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 centered below the effigies and flanked by the letter "S" on the left and the logo of the mint on the right.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 2.8 million coins
    Issuing date: January 2005

  • Belgium

  • Bild

    Feature: Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union
    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 center 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.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 6 million coins
    Issuing date: March/April 2005

  • Spain

  • Bild

    Feature: 4th centenary of the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ "The ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha"
    Description: The center 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 4 of them impressed into the surface. The year of issue is indicated at the bottom.
    Issuing volume: 8 million coins
    Issuing date: April 2005

  • Austria

  • Bild

    Feature: 50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty
    Description: The center 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 colors (red-white-red). The outer ring of the coin features the 12 stars of the EU.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 7 million coins
    Issuing date: May 11, 2005

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Feature: World Year of Physics 2005
    Description: The center 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.
    Issuing volume: 130,000 coins
    Issuing date: October 2005

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Feature: 60th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and 50th anniversary of Finland’s membership therein
    Description: Depicted in the center 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.
    Issuing volume: 2 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2005

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Feature: 1st anniversary of the signing of the European Constitution
    Description: The center 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-center 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.
    Issuing volume: 18 million coins
    Issuing date: October 2005

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Feature: 20th World Youth Day held in Cologne in August 2005
    Description: Depicted in the center 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.
    Issuing volume: 100,000 coins
    Issuing date: December 2005

2004

The first euro commemorative coins were issued by Greece in 2004 on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Athens.

  • Greece

  • Bild

    Feature: Olympic Games in Athens 2004
    Description: The 12 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" above 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 center, as follows: 20*04, and the mintmark is above the athlete’s head to the left.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 50 million coins
    Issuing date: March 2004

  • Luxembourg

  • Bild

    Feature: effigy and monogram of Grand-Duke Henri
    Description: The coin depicts on the left hand of the inner part the effigy of His Royal Highness, Grand-Duke Henri, looking to the right, and on the right hand the monogram of Grand-Duke Henri (special letter "H" topped with a crown). The 12 stars appear in semicircular form to the right of the monogram. The year 2004, surrounded by the mintmark 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.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 2.49 million coins
    Issuing date: June 23, 2004

  • Finland

  • Bild

    Feature: enlargement of the European Union by ten new Member States
    Description: The design describes a stylized pillar from which sprouts grow upwards. The sprouts represent the enlargement of the European Union. The pillar represents the foundation for growth. The pillar contains the letters "EU." In the upper part of the coin the year "2004" is inscribed. 12 stars, together with the year, surround the design.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 1 million coins
    Issuing date: June/July 2004

  • San Marino

  • Bild

    Feature: Bartolomeo Borghesi (historian, numismatist)
    Description: The 12 stars of the European Union positioned around the outer circle of the coin and the issuing year "2004," positioned bottom center, 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."
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 110,000 coins
    Issuing date: December 2004

  • Italy

  • Bild

    Feature: 5th decade of the World Food Program
    Description: In the center is a 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 food staples, emerge from behind the globe. To the right of the globe an "I" is 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 mintmark "R" and under the globe is the year – "2004." The 12 stars of the European Union are positioned around the outer circle.
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 16 million coins
    Issuing date: December 15, 2004

  • Vatican

  • Bild

    Feature: 75th anniversary of the founding of the Vatican City State
    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 12 stars of the European Union and the inscription "CITTA’ DEL VATICANO."
    Issuing volume: a maximum of 100,000 coins
    Issuing date: December 15, 2004