C o m m e m o r a t i v e   C o i n s 
 
 
⇑ 2011 ⇑
2012
Image Country Date Feature Ref. Volume  
 
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Common Issue 02 Jan. —
19. Jun. 2012
10th anniversary of Euro coins and banknotes 20001
20002
20004
20005
89,675,851  
 

 

Description : To mark the tenth anniversary of the final adoption of the euro as cash, all 17 EU countries using the euro as their official currency issued a commemorative € 2 coin. There were five designs submitted, which could be voted for online. The result was announed on the 30th of June 2011: the winning design was created by Helmut Andexlinger and shows a globe in the middle, overlaid with the euro symbol. The importance of the euro in Europe and the world as a whole coupled with the fact that it has become a global player in the international monetary system over the last ten years, is illustrated by the euro symbol. According to the designer, the symbolic elements around the stylised globe represent the suggestion that the euro offers more opportunities for businesses and markets which in turn ensures economic stability by encouraging investment in this environment. The factory shape symbolises production, the cargo ship trade, all of which benefit the symbolic family of four with three homes by providing more quality jobs and stable consumer prices. The symbol of the Eurotower in Frankfurt/M. represents financial strength and the two wind turbines shows stimulation in innovative investments that this environment presents, whose central element is the euro. At the bottom of the coin are the years "2002 and "2012".
 
The Luxembourg coin has a special feature in this series: Luxembourg law stipulates that no national coin may be issued without the portrait of the head of state. Therefore, the portrait of Grand Duke Henri, designed by Alain Hoffmann, is shown as a latent image above the € symbol in the centre.
 
San Marino, which is not a member of the European Union, adopted the same motif for its own commemorative coin a few months later.
 
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Luxembourg 30 Jan. 2012 100 years since the death of William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
9th coin of the Grand-Ducal Dynasty series
20001
20002
20005
722,500  
 

 

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Germany 03 Feb. 2012 Bavaria (Neuschwanstein Castle)
7th coin in the Federal States series
20001
20002
20005
30,883,000  
 

 

Description : Neuschwanstein Castle was built between 1869 and 1892 by order of the Bavarian King Ludwig II as an idealised representation of a knight's castle from the Middle Ages. The king did not live to see its complete completion. Disputes over his indebtedness, which increased with the escalating construction costs, led to the deposition of the king by the Bavarian government in 1886. Ludwig II was staying at Neuschwanstein Castle at the time of his deposition and left it the day before his death in Lake Starnberg on the 13th of June 1886. The coin design depicting the castle in front of the silhouette of the Allgäu Alps with the 2059 m high Great Silt is by Erich Ott, whose logo "Œ" appears on the left. On the right is the German mint mark (A = Staatliche Münze Berlin in Berlin, D = Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt in Munich, F = Staatliche Münzen Baden‐Württemberg in Stuttgart, G = Staatliche Münzen Baden‐Württemberg in Karlsruhe or J = Landesbetrieb Hamburgische Münze in Hamburg), and at the bottom below the motif is the federal state name "BAYERN" (Bavaria). The country abbreviation "D" (for Deutschland / Germany) is at the top of the ring and at the bottom is the year "2012" flanks the 6 o'clock star on both sides.
‐ ‐ The coin motif for Bavaria was originally intended to be the Munich Frauenkirche ("Cathedral of our Dear Lady").
 
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Spain 01 Mar. 2012 Burgos Cathedral
3rd coin in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites series
20001
20002
20005
4,000,000  
 

 

Description : Spain's first large cathedral in Gothic style, built 1221‐1567, has been considered a UNESO World Heritage Site since 1984. The Spanish national hero from the Reconquista (Reconquest) period, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as El Cid was originally buried in Castile he was re‐interned in 1835 in Burgos Cathedral. The coin motif, designed by Alfonso Morales Muñoz depicts the upper western facade and the crossing tower. On the upper left‐hand side of the motif is "ESPAÑA" (Spain) and on the right‐hand side the year of issue "2012", and below it the letter "M" adorned with a crown, the mint mark of the Spanish mint Real Casa de la Moneda in Madrid.
 
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Belgium 06 Jun. 2012 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition 20001
20002
20005
5,013,000  
 

 

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Portugal 21 Jun. 2012 Guimaräes, European Capital of Culture 2012 20001
20002
20005
520,000  
 

 

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France 24 Jun. 2012 100th birthday of Abbé Pierre 20001
20002
20005
1,020,000  
 

 

Description : Henri Antoine Grouès (1912‐2007) was a popular French Catholic priest who founded the charity Emmaus. During the resistance in the Second World War he adopted his pseudonym Abbé Pierre. Next to Abbé Pierre's portrait, designed from a photograph, is his motto "Et les autres?" (And the others?), an appeal to helpfulness. The inscription "Centenaire de la naissance de l'abbé Pierre" (Abbé Pierre's centenary) is in a semicircle at the top. A pentagon, the logo of mint master and designer Yves Sampo, is below the year "2012". A cornucopia, the mint mark of the French mint Monnaie de Paris in Plessac, is on the left of the coin next to the country abbreviation "RF" (République française, French Republic).
 
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Monaco 28 Jun. 2012 500th anniversary of the establishment of Monaco’s sovereignty by Lucien I Grimaldi 20001
20002
20005
110,000  
 

 

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Italy 18 Jul. 2012 100th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Pascoli 20001
20002
20005
15,000,000  
 

 

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Malta 20 Aug. 2012 1887 Majority Representation
2nd coin of the Constitutional History series
20001
20002
20005
405,000  
 

 

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Finland 05 Oct. 2012 150th birthday of Helene Schjerfbeck 20001
20002
20005
2,000,000  
 

 

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Vatican City 16 Oct. 2012 7th World Meeting of Families ‐ Milan 2012 20001
20002
20005
103,000  
 

 

Description : After Rome 1994, Rio de Janeiro 1997, Rome 2000, Manila 2003, Valencia 2006 and Mexico City 2009, the VII World Meeting of Families was held in Milan from the 29th of May to 3rd of June 2012. The coin motif, designed by Gabriella Titotto, shows a family ‐ a couple with three children ‐ in front of the Milan Cathedral built between 1386 and 1813. In the upper right‐hand corner, the issuing country is "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO" (Vatican City), and in a semicircle at the bottom, the reason for commemoration "VII INCONTRO MONDIALE DELLE FAMIGLIE" (7th World Meeting of Families). It was minted at the Italian mint Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato in Rome, whose mint mark "R" is at the bottom right. The year of issue "2012" is shown on the right. The logo of the designer "G.TITOTTO" and "LDS INC." (INC. = Incisore / Engraver) of the engraver Luciana De Simoni are on the left.
 
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Luxembourg 20 Dec. 2012 Royal Wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy
10th coin of the Grand-Ducal Dynasty series
20001
20002
20005
512,000  
 

 



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References :
20001 Images taken with authorisation by the ECB - Mail dated 20.Feb.2020
© "European Central Bank"
20002 Data mirrored from Wikipedia Page "2_euro_commemorative_coins"
with friendly support of the guardians of that page.
20003 Not Applicable   20004 Coloured version of this Commemorative Coin in circulation
EU-legal-technical specifications do not recongnise colour prints, but the EU is tolerate them, due to the facts that their numbers are very small and that they are sold in special packs and therefor are very unlikely to be used as currency.
20005 enlarged Images taken with authorisation by Gerd Seyffert
© "Gerd Seyffert 2021"
20006 Not Applicable