Italian Euro Coins

Italy was one of the founding members of the Euro zone and is the third largest economy (after Germany and France) in the Eurozone .It started issuing coins in 2002. Some basic facts relating to Italy.

Normal Currency Coins.

Italy like Greece is one of the few Euro countries that have eight different motifs - one for each of the coins.

The final designs appearing on the Italian coins were in fact decided by citizens of Italy. A short list was decided on by various artists and then via the largest Italian TV station the viewers selected what were to become the designs appearing on the coins. The result is one of the most appealing set of coins in the Euro zone.

1 cent - the Castel del Monte built in 1240.

2 cent - a synagogue(Mole Antonelliana) in Turin built in 1863.

5 cent - the Colosseum in Rome - built around 75 B.C.

10 cent - the head of Venus - from a painting by Sandro Botticelli.

20 cent - a futuristic sculpture by Umberto Boccioni.

50 cent - the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius riding a horse.

1 Euro - A study of the human body from a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci.

2 Euro - The famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri from a painting by Raffael.

Two Euro Coin Rim

Around the rim of the Two Euro Coin appear the number "2" followed by "*".
This repeated six times. Each "2" is inverted with respect to the preceding and following "2".

Commemorative Two Euro coins.

2004 - World Food Programme - depicted are wheat,rice and maize.

Date of issue   : 13.12.2004

Issuing Volume : 16 Million

2005 - European Constitution. Europe riding a bull and holding a pen and the constitution.

Date of issue   : 29.10.2005

Issuing Volume : 18 Million

2006 - The Winter Olympics in Turin.

Date of issue   : 10.02.2006

Issuing Volume : 40 Million

2008 - 60 years Human Rights.

Date of issue   : 15.10.2008

Issuing Volume : 2,5 Million

2009 - 200th birthday of Louis Braille (inventor of the braille script for the blind).

Date of issue   : 15.10.2009

Issuing Volume : 2 Million

2010 - 200th birthday of Cavour - politician connected with the unification of Italy.

Date of issue   : 24.09.2010

Issuing Volume : 4 Million

2011 - 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.

Date of issue   : 22.04.2011

Issuing Volume : 10 Million

2012 - 100th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Pascoli-a poet who was a major influence in the forming of the Italian language.

Date of issue   : 18.07.2012

Issuing Volume : 15 Million

2013 - 200th Anniversary of the famous Italian opera composer Guiseppe Verdi.

Date of issue   : 20.05.2013

Issuing Volume : 10 Million

2013 - 700th Anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Boccaccio.

Date of issue   : 25.07.2013

Issuing Volume : 10 Million

2014 - 200th Anniversary of the founding of the Carabinieri(Italian Police).

Date of issue   : 25.03.2014

Issuing Volume : 6.5 Million

2014 - 450th Anniversary of the Galileo Galileis' Birthday.

Date of issue   : 17.06.2014

Issuing Volume : 6.5 Million

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