on Nov. 1 issued a circulating commemorative €2 coin to celebrate the
800th anniversary of the castle fortress rising about the skyline. The
fort now serves as the Prince’s Palace.
coin has been confirmed with a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.
obverse of the coin shows a tower on the top of the rock. At the top
the name of the issuing country, MONACO, is flanked by the Mint mark
of the Monnaie de Paris, and the mintmaster mark. At the bottom is the
inscription FONDATION DE LA FORTERESSE (meaning "foundation of
the fortress"), flanked by the years 1215 and 2015.
to the official history published by the press office
of the Prince's Palace of Monaco, “The palace began as a fortress in
1191 when the German Emperor Henry IV ceded the harbor and the rocky
promontory to the Republic of Genoa on the condition that they build
fortifications to combat piracy. Additional property was acquired from
the Council of Peille and the monks at the Abbaye de Saint Pons and
construction finally began in June 1215 when Fulco de Castello, one of
Genoa's most enterprising consuls, anchored his fleet of ships loaded
with building supplies in the harbor. By then they were ready to trace
the outlines of a rampart of thirty-seven sections and four buttressed
towers connected ... to form a triangular boundary. Later a higher
wall was erected and a second fortress was added on the port side
entrance, none of which remains today.”
coin, which is scheduled to have a mintage of 10,000 pieces, will be
one of the lowest mintage circulating commemorative €2 coins from
across the Eurozone. Another Monégasque €2 coin, issued in 2008, also
has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.
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€2 coins are perennial winners, with low mintages and limited access
for the popular coin series, leading to strong prices in the
aftermarket. Though the country's euro coins circulate on a limited
basis, the commemorative €2 coins are snapped up immediately and sold
into the collector market.
issued what may be the most expensive €2 coin ever, the 2007 coin
marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Grace, which has
a mintage of 20,001 pieces and retails for about $1,900 U.S., as
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ringed-bimetallic €2 coin has the same specifications as standard
circulating versions, and features the 12 stars of the European flag
inside the coin’s outer ring.