Designs and themes for two more circulating commemorative €2 coins
are now unveiled or confirmed.
Monaco on July 1 released a €2 coin marking the 500th anniversary
of the foundation of Monaco’s Sovereignty, and Finland made official
plans to honor artist Helene Schjerfbeck on a €2 coin for release in September.
The €2 denomination is the only circulating coin with a design
that can change annually in every nation in the eurozone, the group of
17 nations that issues euro coins.
Monaco and Finland join a long list of nations issuing circulating
commemoratives for 2012: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg,
Malta, Portugal, San Marino, Spain and the Vatican City have all
issued or announced plans to issue circulating commemorative €2 coins
in 2012. In addition, a eurozone-wide program marks the euro
currency’s 10th anniversary in 2012 with €2 coins.
All €2 coins are ringed-bimetallic pieces with a copper-nickel
ring and nickel-brass center; each weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75
millimeters in diameter. On the noncommemorative side, all €2 coins
feature the 12 stars of Europe in the ring surrounding a central
Lucien Grimaldi, lord of Monaco, reigned from 1505 until being
assassinated in 1523.
French king Louis XII recognized Monaco’s sovereignty in 1512.
The anniversary years begin and end a French legend translating to
“sovereignty of Monaco,” with two ornamental details framing the text.
The inscription arcs above a left-facing image of Lucien. The portrait
resembles a painting by Ambrogio de Predis that is in the Collection
du Palais Princier de Monaco.
At the bottom, the horn of plenty Mint mark of the Monnaie de
Paris and the fleurette hallmark of the Paris Mint’s engraving
workshop flank the portrait on the left hand side and the right hand
side, respectively. Above the Mint mark is the inscription LUCIEN I ER.
In total, 100,000 coins were issued.
Finland honors artist Helene Schjerfbeck on a circulating
commemorative €2 coin coinciding with the 150th anniversary of her
birth. Schjerfbeck is known today for her realist works and self-portraits.
A stylized self-portrait of the artist appears at center, with the
legend HELENE SCHJERFBECK at left, and the dual years 1862-1946 (the
latter reflecting the year she died) on the right. The 2012 date and
FI referencing Finland as the issuer also appear.
A total of 2 million coins will be released in September. ■