€2 commemorative coins - 2019

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Spain

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 1 million coins

Issuing date: February 2019


France

€2 commemorative side

Feature: 30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall

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

Issuing volume: 10 million coins

Issuing date: January 2019


Ireland

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 1 million coins

Issuing date: January 2019


Germany

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 30 million coins

Issuing date: January 2019


Italy

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 3 million coins

Issuing date: January 2019


Luxembourg

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2019


Belgium

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2019


Belgium

€2 commemorative side

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

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

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2019