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€2 commemorative coins - 2022

The descriptions on this page are based on the information in the Official Journal of the European Union and may therefore deviate slightly from other material published on this website.

France

Feature: The 90th anniversary of President Jacques Chirac’s birth

Description: President of the French Republic for two terms, Jacques Chirac was a major architect of the European construction. As such, he was President when the Euro was introduced in 2002, whose 20th anniversary we celebrate at the beginning of this year. The design shows a solemn profile of President Jacques Chirac looking towards the future. He is surrounded by several symbols representing his actions: a euro symbol, as sign of his involvement in the introduction of the Euro and his European spirit, and a French flag represented in heraldic colours, itself embellished with the RF as a reference to his presidency. His dates and name are inserted in the Euro’s logo. The mintmarks as well as the year date fit into the design. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 9 000 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2022

Italy

Feature: The 30th Anniversary of the death of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino

Description: : The design depicts in the centre the portraits of the two Italian judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, inspired by a picture of Tony Gentile. Above, the arc-shaped inscription ‘FALCONE – BORSELLINO’, underneath the dates ‘1992 2022’, with the acronym of the Italian Republic ‘RI’ in between; on the right, ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome; on the left, ‘VdS’, initials of the designer Valerio de Seta. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 3 000 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2022

Italy

Feature: 170th Anniversary of the foundation of the Italian National Police

Description: : The design depicts two officers of the ‘Polizia di Stato’ (Italian National Police Force), a woman and a man, standing out in the foreground, in front of a police car. Above, the arc-shaped inscription ‘POLIZIA DI STATO’; at the right ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic; the inscription ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome, the initials ‘AM’ of the designer Annalisa Masini and the dates ‘1852 - 2022’, appear at the left, in the centre and at the right, respectively. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 3 000 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2022

Germany

Feature: Bundeslander series – Thuringia

Description: : The design shows Wartburg Castle, the first German castle to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The inner part also features the name ‘THÜRINGEN’ 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 on the right and the the year ‘2022’ on the left. The artist: Olaf Stoy (Rabenau). The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 30 000 000 coins

Issuing date: 25 January 2022

Luxembourg

Feature: The 50th Anniversary of the legal protection of the Luxembourg flag

Description: : The design depicts at the left hand the effigy of the Grand Duke Henri and at the right hand the Luxembourg tricolor flag. The year ‘1972’ appears above the flag and the issuing year ‘2022’ is depicted below. At the bottom centre the name of the issuing country ‘LËTZEBUERG’ is represented. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2022

Slovenia

Feature: The 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Jože Plečnik

Description: : The design shows a detail of the grand window of the National and University library’s reading room with a pillar in front of it. It is supplemented with a composition of letters A R H. P L E Č N I K. These letters are built into the window in exact order and can be metaphorically read as the architect’s signature, which is actually exhibited in his own work. The letters are inserted into deepened window openings and can be understood (in the language of architect Plečnik) as spatial architectural interventions, as emphases, inserted into façade or as geometrically designed objects. The whole composition displays an idea of space that reflects the wealth of the architect’s ideas. It is centred around the main pillar, which has a role to mark the coin’s space and set the ratio outside – inside or front – back, one of Plečnik’s common gestures when designing space. With that, the composition becomes a spatial miniature, space within space, multi-layered and mystical. At the bottom, the inscription “JOŽE PLEČNIK«. At the left, vertically, the year ‘1872’. At the right, vertically, the country of issuance ‘SLOVENIJA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2022’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2022