In 2015, Spain will continue its annual series honoring that nation’s
UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the sixth year of the program, the
coin will feature the caves and cave art of Altamira.
The obverse of the €2 coin depicts a bison from the famous paintings
inside the cave.
The caves — dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic art" —
were closed for 12 years until reopening earlier in 2014.
The cavern system was designated a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. It is covered in paintings
dated to between 14,000 and 20,000 years ago, of animals including
European bison and bulls.
Eight million coins are scheduled for release Feb. 1.
Each eurozone nation may issue up to two circulating commemorative
€2 coins annually, with designs of their choosing. Any joint program,
like the 2009 series marking the tenth anniversary of the euro
currency, does not count toward that limit.
Not every nation issues circulating commemorative €2 coins, and some
chose to issue only one special design annually.
The reverses of euro coins carry one of three common designs, all
showing various maps of Europe and the earth.
Though issued by specific countries, euro coins are valid for
payment throughout the eurozone.
The €2 ringed-bimetallic coin is the highest denomination in
circulation in the eurozone.