Italy has commemorated the 60th anniversary of the signing of the
Treaty of Rome with a Proof silver €5 coin.
The Italian State Mint’s new issue recognizes the historic event
that took place on March 25, 1957, and established the European
Economic Community, the forerunner to the European Union, and the
European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The treaties were signed
by Italy, France, West Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and
the Netherlands in Rome.
The coin’s reverse features elements of Michelangelo’s Capitol
Square, with three strips representing the European Parliament. The
face value, the number 60, the 12 stars of the European Union, years
1957–2017, and an inscription translating to “Treaty of Rome” also
appear on the reverse.
The coin’s obverse shows the face of the Capitoline Venus in the
Capitoline Museum of Rome and a map of Europe with six enwining strips
representing the founding member countries. Inscriptions REPUBBLICA
ITALIANA and COLANERI (the name of the designer) are also included on
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The coin weighs 18 grams, measures 32 millimeters in diameter and
has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces.
The special issue is available only in a set of 10
commemorative coins that also includes a €2
coin marking the 400th anniversary of the completion of St. Mark’s
Basilica in Venice.
For information on pricing or to order the set, visit the Italian
State Mint (the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato) website.