Germany’s annual Bundeslander series of circulating commemorative €2
coins continues in 2017. The program honors each of Germany’s 18 states.
The 2017 coin, the 12th in a series that began in 2006, celebrates
the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It depicts the state's Porta
Nigra, in Trier. The landmark is probably the best-preserved Roman
city gate north of the Alps.
The center of the obverse design features the name RHEINLAND-PFALZ
with the issuing country’s code, D, below. The Mint mark (A, D, F, G
or J) is at the left, the year 2017 appears at the top, and at the
right are the initials of the designer, CH (Chocola Frantisek).
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Thirty million examples were issued on Feb. 2.
The reverse carries the common European map design.
The 12 stars of the European flag appear on both sides of the
ringed-bimetallic €2 coin.
The €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
Each nation is allowed to issue up to two different circulating
commemorative designs annually, with designs of their choosing, though
few nations have issued the maximum number of designs.
Joint euro programs like the 2015 coins honoring the 30th
anniversary of the flag of the European Union do not count toward this limit.
All €2 coins are legal tender throughout the eurozone.