Italy in January is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the its
current constitution with a circulating commemorative €2 coin.
The coin’s obverse shows the moment when Enrico De Nicola,
provisional head of state, signed the act of promulgation of the
Constitution of the Italian Republic on Dec. 27, 1947; on his right is
the Head of Government Alcide De Gasperi, on the left, Umberto
Terracini, president of the Italian Constituent Assembly.
1968 shifted the landscape of coin collecting in
America, with a return of Mint marks and a new Proof set.
Also inside this issue, we discover what the term “fine style” means.
Though signed in 1947, the Constitution did not go into force until 1948.
Above the depiction of the moment of signature is the inscription
COSTITUZIONE and the monogram of the Italian Republic, RI; in exergue
are the inscription CON SICURA COSCIENZA, the R Mint mark of the Mint
of Rome, and the dates 1948 • 2018, respectively the year of the
coming into force of the Italian Constitution and the year of the
issue of the coin.
The coin has a mintage limit of 4 million pieces.
The ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and
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The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag. The
common reverse shows a map of the European Union.
The €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.