According to Catholic Church tradition, in 67 A.D. Peter and Paul
were martyred in Rome; Peter is said to have been crucified upside
down and Paul decapitated, a distinction reserved to Roman citizens
condemned to death.
2017 marks the 1,950th anniversary of the martyrdom of the two
saints on whose faith, as Pope Francis said, “was founded the Church
of Rome, which has always venerated them as Patrons. They proclaimed
and witnessed to the Gospel among the people, and with their martyrdom
they sealed their mission of faith and charity.”
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To mark the anniversary, Vatican City issued a ringed-bimetallic
commemorative €2 coin. The obverse of the coin features Saint Peter
and Saint Paul and their symbols, respectively the keys and the sword.
At the top is the inscription CITTÀ DEL VATICANO, in semi-circle. At
the bottom, in semi-circle is the inscription 1950o DEL MARTIRIO DEI
SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO. At the bottom left is the year of issuance 2017
and at the bottom right is the mint mark R. Between them is the name
of the artist G. TITOTTO.
In total, 105,000 coins were issued in June.
The reverse carries the common European map design.
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The 12 stars of the European flag appear on both sides of the
ringed-bimetallic €2 coin.
The ringed-bimetallic €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75
millimeters in diameter.
All €2 coins are legal tender throughout the eurozone.
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 flag of
the European Union do not count toward this limit.