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€2 commemorative coins - 2023

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.

Andorra

Feature: Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees

Description: The summer solstice fire festivals were inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015. They are traditional and popular festivities widely celebrated in Andorra each year. The design reproduces a human figure, named ‘fallaire’, wearing a traditional cape and tracing a circle of fire with the ‘falla’. This is the main element of the festival and consists of tree barks that, once lit, they are energetically whirled around creating large circles of fire. The graphic composition of lines in the background of the design represents the summer solstice together with the name of the issuing country ‘ANDORRA’ and the year ‘2023’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 70 000 coins

Issuing date: Last quarter of 2023

Andorra

Feature: 30 years of the entry of the Principality of Andorra into the United Nations

Description: The United Nations is represented by two symbolic elements: two laurel wreaths and a globe, which forms part of the number 30 that has been represented, with the inscription ANYS (years) and the year date 2023 below. In the upper part of the design there is the coat of arms of Andorra and the inscription ‘ANDORRA MEMBRE DE LES NACIONS UNIDES’ (Andorra member of the United Nations). The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 70 000 coins

Issuing date: Last quarter of 2023

Slovenia

Feature: The 150th anniversary of the birth of Josip Plemelj (mathematician and astronomer)

Description: The design displays parts of the equation that Josip Plemelj solved as a first person in the world. Numbers and symbols rotate on circumferences that depict planet rotation, movement in space, as well as composing individual unsolvable elements into whole. That way the design shows both fields of Josip Plemelj's work, i.e. mathematics and astronomy. The inscription ‘JOSIP PLEMELJ 1873’, the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENIJA’ and the year of issuance ‘2023’ are integrated in the design. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: December 2023

Portugal

Feature: Peace

Description: The coin is dedicated to Peace among nations and to friendly and mutually beneficial coexistence. The search for peace must sit on a collective effort towards a common purpose. In the current highly polarized geopolitical context, this coin is aimed to help remind of the urgence to protect the priceless asset that is peace. The design radially displays the word ‘PAZ’ (PEACE) in the 16 official idioms spoken in all 20 countries of the Euro Zone as of January 2023. The inscription at the top reads ‘PORTUGAL’, followed by the year of issuance ‘2023’ at the top right; at the top left is the name of the designer ‘José S. Teixeira’ and at the left the mintmark ‘CASA DA MOEDA’, the name of the Portuguese Mint. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 015 000 coins

Issuing date: November 2023

Cyprus

Feature: The 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Central Bank of Cyprus

Description: The design depicts tools on a microchip symbolising the stability of the economy in the modern industrial and digital era secured by the Central Bank of Cyprus, which celebrates 60 years of existence. The issuing country's name ‘ΚYΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS’ and the dates ‘1963-2023’ are at the bottom. Additionally, the phrase ‘60 ΧΡOΝΙΑ ΑΠO ΤΗΝ IΔΡΥΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΚΕΝΤΡΙKHΣ ΤΡAΠΕΖΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΚYΠΡΟΥ’ (i.e. 60 years since the foundation of the Central Bank of Cyprus) is inscribed on the inner part of the national side of the coin. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 412 000 coins

Issuing date: Second/third quarter of 2023

Finland

Feature: Social and health services

Description: The design represents a stylized map of Finland. The left-hand side bears the lettering ‘WELL-BEING’ in Finnish and Swedish. The year of issuance ‘2023’ is slightly on the left-hand side in the middle of the coin. At the bottom is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’. At the right hand-side is the mintmark of the Mint of Finland. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins

Issuing date: Autumn 2023

Slovakia

Feature: 200th anniversary of the start of the horse-drawn express mail coach service between Vienna and Bratislava

Description: The design’s symbolic depiction of the express mail coach service between Vienna and Bratislava features a horse-drawn coach in rapid motion and a centrally placed rectangular inset containing a post-horn. Inscribed below the image is the year ‘1823’, when the express mail service began operation, and below that date are the city names in Slovak, ‘VIEDEŇ’ and ‘BRATISLAVA’, one above the other. At the bottom of the coin’s inner circle is the year of issuance ‘2023’, separated from the text above by a horizontal line. The name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’ is inscribed along the upper edge of the design. To the right of the coach is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies. Just below the mark are the stylised initials ‘MP’, referring to the national side’s designer Mária Poldaufová. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: October 2023

Belgium

Feature: The 75th anniversary of the national suffrage for women in Belgium

Description: The design depicts in the centre a box on a ballot paper, which is being coloured in by a pencil. The coloured box is overlapped by the Venus symbol (the gender symbol for woman/female). At the bottom left next to the central image is inscribed 75 JAAR ANS. Surrounding the central image are also inscriptions in Dutch and French: ‘ALGEMEEN VROUWENKIESRECHT’ – ‘SUFFRAGE UNIVERSEL FÉMININ’. At the bottom of the piece are located the initials of the designer Iris Bruijns. As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located at the right side of the piece, together with the Belgian mint master mark, an aster flower in front of an Erlenmeyer flask, the country code ‘BE’ and the year mark ‘2023’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins

Issuing date: October 2023

Croatia

Feature: The introduction of the euro as the official currency of Croatia on 1 January 2023

Description: The design features the inscriptions of the issuing country ‘HRVATSKA’ (Croatia) and the year of issuance ‘2023.’, depicted horizontally, as well as the words ‘ČLANICA EUROPODRUČJA’ (member of the euro area), which are inscribed along the outer edge of the coin’s core. These inscriptions symbolically form a stylised symbol of the euro ‘€’. The other central motive of the coin is Croatia's distinctive and recognisable symbol, the Croatian checkerboard, which represents part of the coat of arms of the Republic of Croatia. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 250 000 coins

Issuing date: September 2023

San Marino

Feature: The 500th anniversary of the death of Luca Signorelli

Description: The design shows an angel in the centre, a detail from the painting ‘Il Paradiso’ by Luca Signorelli, preserved in the Chapel of San Brizio in the Cathedral of Orvieto. At the left-hand side is the letter R, identifying the Mint of Rome. In semi-circle at the bottom left is the word ‘SIGNORELLI’. At the right-hand side is the name of the issuing country ‘SAN MARINO’, and at the top the years ‘1523 2023’. In the lower centre are the initials of the author Marta Bonifacio, MB. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 56 000 coins

Issuing date: September 2023

Portugal

Feature: World Youth Day

Description: The World Youth Day (WYD) was held in Lisbon in august 2023. WYD is a worldwide encounter of young people, who want to take part in a festive gathering with the Pope and with hundreds of thousands of other youths who share the same universal principles of peace, union and fraternity all around the world. The design depicts the Pilgrim Cross, a set of human-like figures of different sizes and textures displayed as in a globe. At the bottom, two hands envelop the whole in a welcoming gesture of the inclusion and universality that is implied in this gathering. On the top edge, two inscriptions read ‘JORNADA MUNDIAL DA JUVENTUDE’ (Portuguese for WORLD YOUTH DAY) and ‘LISBOA 2023’. On the bellow edge, the coat of arms of Portugal, the inscription ‘PORTUGAL’, the mintmark ‘CASA DA MOEDA’ (the name of the Portuguese Mint) and the name of the designer ‘JOÃO DUARTE’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 015 000 coins

Issuing date: July 2023

Ireland

Feature: The 50th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the European Union

Description: The design depicts a modification to the ‘EU50’ programme logo used by Government Departments to promote events marking the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s EU membership. The name of the issuing country ‘ÉIRE’ is inserted above the logo. The year ‘1973’ is referenced to recognise the year Ireland joined the EU as well as ‘2023’ to mark the coin issue year. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: July 2023

Greece

Feature: 100 years from the birth of Maria Callas

Description: The design features a portrait of the legendary Greek soprano Maria Callas. Inscribed along the inner edge is the wording ‘100 YEARS FROM THE BIRTH OF MARIA CALLAS’, and at the right the minting year ‘2023’ and a palmette (mintmark of the Greek Mint); below the portrait runs the inscription ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins

Issuing date: July 2023

Greece

Feature: 150 years from the birth of Constantin Carathéodory

Description: The design features a portrait of the Greek mathematician Constantin Carathéodory. Inscribed along the inner edge at the left is the wording ‘CONSTANTIN CARATHÉODORY 1873-1950’, and at right the minting year ‘2023’ and a palmette (mintmark of the Greek Mint); below the portrait runs the inscription ‘HELLENIC REPUBLIC’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins

Issuing date: July 2023

Estonia

Feature: Estonian national bird – the barn swallow

Description: The design depicts the silhouette of the barn swallow with the text ‘HIRUNDO RUSTICA’ (the barn swallow in Latin) at the top right, in semi-circle. At the bottom is the name of the issuing country ‘EESTI’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2023’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: Second quarter 2023

France

Feature: Rugby World Cup France 2023

Description: On the occasion of the Rugby World Cup organised in France, Monnaie de Paris celebrates rugby and this competition which will bring together teams from twenty nations. The design represents a stylized rugby player making a pass. In the background, the rugby field is the globe on which the rugby goalposts are placed. The set is part of an imaginary rugby galaxy where the other planets are oval. The emblem of the competition is inserted next to the player, while the name of the competition surrounds the design. The indication of the issuing country ‘RF’, the mintmark and the mint master mark are inserted under the image on the right-hand side. The name of the competition, the issuing country ‘FRANCE’ and the year ‘2023’ are inserted on the left hand side. The name of the competition surrounding the design, as well as and the ‘RF’ mention appear in the official font of the event, called Mobius. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 15 000 000 coins

Issuing date: June 2023

Malta

Feature: The arrival of the French in Malta in 1798

Description: In June 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte ended the rule of the Order of St John in Malta. During his short stay in Malta, Napoleon established a Republican Government and issued a thorough reform of laws and institutions of Malta. Amongst other things, slavery and the privileges of nobility were abolished. A lay state was established, and the court of the Inquisition was closed. At the time, the far-reaching reforms were not universally accepted by the Maltese, and it was not long before they rebelled. The design depicts a personification of the French Republic as depicted on the official letterheads of the period. At the left-hand side is the inscription ‘225th ANNIVERSARY’ followed from the top to the right, in semi-circle, by the inscription ‘ARRIVAL OF THE FRENCH IN MALTA’. At the bottom is the year of issuance ‘2023’. The inscriptions ‘Liberté’ (Freedom) and ‘Egalité’ (Equality) are at the left and right side of the image, respectively. At the top left of the inscription ‘Egalité’ are the years ‘1798-2023’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 85 500 coins

Issuing date: June 2023

Malta

Feature: The 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus

Description: The design depicts a profile portrait of Copernicus, together with a stylized heliocentric representation of the universe as proposed by Copernicus. At the top left is the inscription ‘NICOLAUS COPERNICUS 1473 – 1543’ and at the bottom left is the name of the issuing country ‘MALTA’ followed by the year of issuance ‘2023’. Also at the bottom is the signature of the artist Daniela Fusco ‘FUSCO’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 95 500 coins

Issuing date: June 2023

Monaco

Feature: 100th anniversary of the birth of Prince Rainier III

Description: The design shows the portrait of Prince Rainier III. At the top, in semi-circle, is the name of the issuing country ‘MONACO’ followed by the year of issuance ‘2023’. At the bottom is the inscription ‘RAINIER III’ followed by the date ‘31 MAI 1923’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 25 000 coins

Issuing date: June 2023

Belgium

Feature: The ‘year of art nouveau’, which takes place during 2023 in Belgium

Description: The design shows a decorative detail from the facade of the ‘Hotel Van Eetvelde’, an iconic town house in Brussels which has been designed by the Belgian art nouveau architect Victor Horta and has been recognized as Unesco World Heritage. The curved, asymmetrical lines of this decorative detail reflect the characteristic nature-inspired style of the art nouveau movement. This detail fills up the bottom half of the piece, leaving a vacant space on the upper half, which is filled with the description ‘ART NOUVEAU’. At the far right are the initials of the designer Iris Bruijns located. As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the far left together with the Belgian mint director mintmark, an aster flower in front of an Erlenmeyer flask, the country code BE and the year mark 2023. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins

Issuing date: June 2023

Spain

Feature: The Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU

Description: The design shows two images. The first one is the logo of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Surrounding the logo are the captions: “ESPANA 2023 – PRESIDENCIA ESPANOLA and ‘CONSEJO DE LA UNION EUROPEA’ (Spain 2023 – Spanish Presidency and Council of the European Union). The second image, in the lower part, represents the mint mark of the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre Real Casa de la Moneda with the crowned ‘M’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 500 000 coins

Issuing date: 1 June 2023

Vatican

Feature: The 150th anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni

Description: The design features Manzoni’s portrait, a pen and the beginning of his masterpiece, ‘I Promessi Sposi’. At the top, from left to right, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. At the bottom is the inscription ‘Alessandro Manzoni’ and underneath it the dates ‘1873◦2023’. At the left is the mintmark ‘R’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 82 500 coins

Issuing date: May 2023

Vatican

Feature: The 5th Centenary of the death of Pietro Perugino

Description: The design features Perugino’s portrait and a particular of the Baptism, fresco in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. At the top right, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. At the bottom is the inscription ‘PERUGINO’ and underneath it the dates ‘1523◦2023’. At the left is the mintmark ‘R’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 82 500 coins

Issuing date: May 2023

Latvia

Feature: Ukraine Sunflower

Description: The design represents a sunflower, which is one of the national symbols of Ukraine, as Ukraine is one of the biggest sunflower oil producers and exporters worldwide. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the sunflower has become a global symbol for peace. For the first time sunflowers were used as a peace symbol in the summer of 1996. Then they were planted in a military base near Pervomaysk, approximately 155 miles south of the capital Kyiv. Now sunflowers are used as a symbol of peace and support to Ukraine worldwide. At the top, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘SLAVA UKRAINAI!’ (Glory to Ukraine) and at the bottom, in semi-circle, is the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ followed by the year of issuance ‘2023’. The author of the design is the Latvian artist Krišs Salmanis. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 415 000 coins

Issuing date: May 2023

Finland

Feature: Finland’s First Nature Conservation Act

Description: The theme of the coin is a stylized beetle. On the top in semi-circle is the lettering ‘NATURE CONSERVATION’ in Finnish and at the bottom in semi-circle are the lettering ‘NATURE CONSERVATION’ in Swedish and the year of issuance ‘2023’. The right-hand side of the inner part of the coin bears the lettering ‘FI’. The left-hand side of the inner part of the coin bears the mintmark of the Mint of Finland. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins

Issuing date: Spring 2023

San Marino

Feature: The 500th anniversary of the death of Perugino

Description: The design shows in the centre the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus, detail of the painting ‘Madonna with Child, Saint Sebastian and Saint John the Baptist’ by Perugino, preserved in the Uffizi Galleries (Florence). At the left-hand side are the inscription ‘PERUGINO’, the dates ‘1523’ and ‘2023’ and the mintmark ‘R’. At the right- hand side is the name of the issuing country ‘SAN MARINO’ and at the bottom right are the initials of the author Maria Angela Cassol, MAC. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 56 000 coins

Issuing date: April 2023

Lithuania

Feature: Together with Ukraine

Description: The design features a stylised sunflower in the centre, with petals looking like silhouettes of people holding hands, embracing, protecting each other, embodying unity, support and the power of being together. Using artistic means the sunflower is designed as the rising Sun, the hope of a new beginning, birds, freedom, hope and courage, as people rising above the circumstances, never accepting any imposed will, as an allusion to those who have sacrificed their lives and their departing souls. The composition is surrounded by the inscriptions ‘LIETUVA’ (LITHUANIA), ‘KARTU SU UKRAINA’ (TOGETHER WITH UKRAINE), the year of issue ‘2023’ and the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint. The coin is designed by Eglė Žemaitė. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: First quarter 2023

Spain

Feature: UNESCO: Cáceres

Description: The Old Town of Cáceres is an urban ensemble located in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura in the west of the Iberian Peninsula. It was registered on the World Heritage Site list for being unique due to its historic features, which (from the Middle Ages to the classical period) bear the traces of highly diverse and contradictory influences, such as Northern Gothic, Islamic, Italian Renaissance and arts of the New World. The design depicts a panoramic view of the monumental complex, specifically of the main square. At the top and in capital letters are the word ‘ESPAÑA’ and the year of minting ‘2023’. On the upper right hand is the mintmark. At the bottom and in capital letters is the word ‘CÁCERES’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 500 000 coins

Issuing date: First quarter 2023

Germany

Feature: The 1275th anniversary of the birth of Charlemagne (748–814), King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor

Description: The design combines two contemporary elements: Charlemagne’s personal monogram and the octagon of Aachen Cathedral. The two motifs are deftly merged into a distinctive work of art. The strength of the design lies in its dynamic, three-dimensional quality. Overall, it is an innovative tribute to an outstanding figure in European history. The coin’s inner ring also features the inscription ‘KARL DER GROßE’ (‘Charlemagne’) at the top and, in the bottom half, the year of issue ‘2023’, the dates ‘748–814’, Germany’s issuing country code ‘D’, the mint mark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’) and the artist’s initials (‘TW’). The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 20 000 000 coins

Issuing date: March 2023

Slovakia

Feature: The 100th anniversary of the first blood transfusion in Slovakia

Description: The design features an equilateral cross as an internationally recognised symbol of medical aid, hope and humanity. Inscribed in each arm is one of the four blood groups: A, B, 0, and AB. Incused within the cross are two more equilateral crosses, one within the other, with a drop of blood appearing at the centre of this image. Depicted around the central cross are the equally spaced lower parts of eight test tubes, each containing an incused stylised blood drop. Between each tube is a blood drop in relief. To the right of the bottom tube are the stylised initials ‘MP’, referring to the national side’s designer Mária Poldaufová; to the left is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies. Around most of the edge of the coin’s inner part is the inscription ‘PRVÁ TRANSFÚZIA KRVI 1923 – 2023’ (in English the words mean ‘first blood transfusion’). Along the lower part of the edge is the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’, with a dot on either side separating it from the inscription. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: March 2023

Luxembourg

Feature: The 175th anniversary of the Luxembourg Parliament

Description: The design depicts at the left-hand side the effigy of the Grand Duke Henri and at the right-hand side the building of the Chamber of Deputies. The year date ‘1848’ and the text ‘Chambre des députés’ appear above and at the right of the building. At the bottom centre, the name of the issuing country ‘LUXEMBOURG’ as well as the issuing year date ‘2023’ are represented. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: February 2023

Luxembourg

Feature: The 25th anniversary of the membership of Grand Duke Henri to the International Olympic Committee


Description: The design depicts the effigy of the Grand Duke Henri looking to the right and to the figure ‘25’. Several pictograms of Olympic disciplines are shown close to the effigy. Below the effigy, three intersecting circles are enriching the design. At the bottom right, the text ‘MEMBER VUM INTERNATIONALEN OLYMPESCHE KOMMITEE’ is depicted. The name of the country ‘LËTZEBUERG’ as well as the text ‘GROUSSHERZOG HENRI’ are represented at the left. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag. 

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins 

Issuing date: February 2023

France

Feature: Olympic Games Paris 2024

Description: One hundred years after the Paris 1924 Olympic Games, the French capital will once again host the Summer Games in 2024. One year before the launch of the Olympic Games, the Monnaie de Paris is continuing the celebration by counting down to the start of the Games by highlighting its heritage and that of Paris. An event with international echo whose intensity gradually increases in the years leading up to the event, with already several €2 commemorative coins dedicated to the Olympic Games over the past years. The design of the coin depicts the Sower, a national figure and icon of French numismatics, practicing pugilism, the forerunner of boxing, in reference to the Antic Olympic Games. Her silhouette is in the foreground in front of the Pont-Neuf and its surroundings, typical of the Ile de la Cité area, a key element of the Parisian landscape. In the background, an athletic track, into which the emblem of Paris 2024 is inserted on the right-hand side, is represented. The year date, the RF mention and the mintmarks are inserted under the arch, on the bridge railing and in the Seine. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 260 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2023

Italy

Feature: The 100th anniversary of the Air Force

Description: The design depicts the reproduction of the logo of the Centenary of the Air Force. On the left ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome; above, ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic; below, the arch-shaped inscription ‘AERONAUTICA MILITARE’; on the right, ‘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 2023

Italy

Feature: The 150th anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni

Description: The design features the half-length portrait of Alessandro Manzoni, inspired by the image of the Italian writer as depicted on the 100 000 lire banknote issued in 1967. On the left, ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic, the dates ‘1873-2023’, the year of the death of the writer and the year of the coin’s issue, respectively, and the arch-shaped inscription ‘ALESSANDRO MANZONI’. On the right, ‘R’, identifying the Mint of Rome, and ‘AV’, initials of the designer Antonio Vecchio. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 3 000 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2023

Germany

Feature: Bundeslander series – Hamburg

Description: The design shows the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Hamburg’s newest landmark. The impressive and detailed representation of the concert building against the background of the maritime urban landscape represents the Land of Hamburg in an exceptionally convincing manner. The left half of the coin’s inner section includes Germany’s issuing country code, ‘D’, the year ‘2023’ and the mintmark of the respective mint (‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’ or ‘J’). The right half features the artist’s initials, and the lower part features the inscription ‘HAMBURG’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 30 000 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2023