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2015
Image Country Date Feature Ref. Volume  
 
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Germany 30 Jan. 2015 Hesse (Paul's church in Frankfurt upon Main)
10th coin in the Federal States series
20001
20002
20005
30,767,100  
 

 

Description : The southern view of Frankfurt's Paulskirche (St Paul's church) is depicted on the coin marking Hesse's presidency of the Bundesrat (upper house of parliament). Frankfurt's main Protestant church, built between 1789 and 1833, has a classical rotunda designed by the architect Johann Friedrich Christian Hess. From 1848 to 1849 it was the meeting place for delegates to the Frankfurt National Assembly, the first freely elected German parliament. On the 18th of March 1944 the Paulskirche burnt down after an air raid on Frankfurt upon Main. After the Second World War, it was the first historic building to be rebuilt and reopened as the "House of All Germans" on the 18th of May 1948, the centenary of the National Assembly. Since then it has been a national monument and is used for exhibitions and public events. At the bottom of the motif is the name of the federal state "HESSEN" (Hesse), top left the year of issue "2015", top right the country abbreviation "D" (for Deutschland / Germany) and unerneath it the initials of the designer, "HH" standing for Heinz Hoyer. Bottom left 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).
‐ ‐ The motif of the coin of Hesse was originally intended to be the Römer (city hall) in Frankfurt upon Main.
 
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Germany 30 Jan. 2015 25th anniversary of German Reunification 20001
20002
20005
30,517,100  
 

 

Description : In the foreground, the coin depicts a cheering crowd of people symbolising a new beginning and a departure from the old. In the background, the symbol of German unity, the Brandenburg Gate ‐ crowned by the quadriga on which the goddess of victory, Victoria stands, symbolising peace to the city. The expression "WIR SIND EIN VOLK" (we a one people) repeated three times is depicted in a semicircle on the right. This symbolises the collective expression of the will of the German citizens on the road to German reunification. On the 3rd of October 1990, the mandate of the Basic Law to the German people to unfication of Germany was fulfilled when the German Democratic Republic joined the Federal Republic of Germany. The coin design by the sculptor Bernd Wendhut (signet "BW", bottom right) was awarded second prize in the design competition for the € 10 commemorative coin on the theme of 20 years of German reunification. The designer has two of the jubilant figures hold up a stylised euro symbol imparting that "Germany is a part of Europe". On the left in a semi‐circle are the words "25 JAHRE DEUTSCHE EINHEIT 2015" (25th anniversary of German reunification 2015), on the left of the Brandenburg Gate is the country abbreviation "D" (for Deutschland / Germany). 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) appears at the bottom left. In October 2015 a 25 Euro silver coin with the same design has been minted in fine silver (999/1000).
 
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France 30 Jan. 2015 70 years of peace in Europe 20001
20002
20005
4,020,500  
 

 

Description : Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, peace and security reign in Europe, not least because Europeans created the European Union to ensure peace and prosperity ‐ incorporating different cultures, traditions and languages. Coin designer Joaquin Jimenez chose a dove of peace as the motif, carrying an olive branch in its beak, the leaves of which are shaped to form the twelve stars of the European flag. The 28 member states of the EU are represented by their country abbreviations. Towards the bottom left is a cornucopia the mint mark of the French mint Monnaie de Paris in Plessac and below it a pentagon the logo of mint masterYves Sampo. At the bottom of the coin is the country abbreviation "RF" (République française, French Republic) and to the right the Star of Europe representing the Eurostar coin programme. On the right is the year of minting 2015 and below it the designer's logo a square.
 
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Spain 30 Jan. 2015 Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
6th coin in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites series
20001
20002
20005
4,104,700  
 

 

Description : French‐Cantabrian cave art is the name given to a style of cave art from the Late Palaeolithic period. This art is found in southern France and northern Spain, paintings, reliefs and drawings, especially on the walls, were created in the course of about 20,000 years (and given the name parietal art). This ice‐age art is often of high artistic quality. The Stone Age cave paintings created 14,000 to 16,000 years ago in the Altamira cave near Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, discovered in 1868, depict hunting game. The commemorative motif, designed by Alfonso Morales Muñoz, shows a bison. The Altamira Cave has been closed to the public since 1979 due to the serious damage to the paintings caused by the warm, humid breath from visitors. At the top of the motif is the issuing country "ESPAÑA" (Spain), to the right of it the letter "M" adorned with a crown, the mint mark of the Spanish mint Real Casa de la Moneda in Madrid. At the bottom of the motif is "2015" being the year of issue.
 
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Latvia 10 Feb. 2015 EU Presidency 20001
20002
20005
1,025,000  
 

 



Work in progress
 
 
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Finland 18 Feb. 2015 150th birthday of the composer Jean Sibelius 20001
20002
20005
1,000,000  
 

 

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San Marino 08 Apr. 2015 750th birthday of Dante Alighieri 20001
20002
20005
102,400  
 

 

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Portugal 25 Apr. 2015 150 years Portuguese Red Cross 20001
20002
20005
520,000  
 

 

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Italy 29 Apr. 2015 EXPO 2015 in Milan 20001
20002
20005
3,554,820  
 

 

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Malta 25 May 2015 100th anniversary of the first flight from Malta 20001
20002
20005
325,000  
 

 

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Luxembourg 08 Jun. 2015 15th anniversary of Grand Duke Henri Accession to the Throne
14th coin of the Grand-Ducal Dynasty series
20001
20002
20005
517,500  
 

 

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Malta 23 Jun. 2015 Proclamation of the Republic of Malta in 1974
5th coin of the Constitutional History series
20001
20002
20005
435,000  
 

 

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Italy 26 Jun. 2015 750th birthday of Dante Alighieri 20001
20002
20005
3,515,000  
 

 

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Portugal 15 Jul. 2015 500th anniversary of the first contact with Timor 20001
20002
20005
520,000  
 

 

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France 22 Jul. 2015 225th anniversary of Fête de la Fédération (Federation Festival) 20001
20002
20004
20005
4,020,000  
 

 

Description : On the 14th of July 1790, the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, the Federation Festival was celebrated as an act of reconciliation and the unity of all French people. Louis XVI (1754‐1793), King of France and Navarre, swore by the nation and the law (he was deposed in 1792 during the French Revolution and beheaded by guillotine in 1793). In 1880, the 14th of July was declared a bank holiday ‐ a day that unites all French people and celebrates the Republic. The coin motif shows the profile of Marianne, national symbol of France, with a Jacobin cap and a circular badge worn on it with the colours of the tricolour (from the inside out: Blue‐White‐Red, represented by a hatching ‐ albeit stylised ‐ according to the heraldic rules of tinging. On the left is a stanza from the poem Liberté by the French poet Paul Éluard, written in 1942: "On all pages read / On all blank pages / Stone blood paper or ashes / I write your name". "Liberté" ‐ the motto of the French Republic ‐ is at the bottom of the coin, to the left of it is a cornucopia the mint mark of the French mint Monnaie de Paris in Plessac together with a pentagon, the logo of mint master Yves Sampo, above the word "Liberté" is the year of issue "2015", the country abbreviation "RF" (République française, French Republic) next to it a square the logo of the designer Joaquin Jimenez. ‐ There are two minting versions, 20,000 of one of them has the three segments of the cockade with a flat surface in colour (see picture).
 
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Common Issue 06 Aug. —
23. Dec. 2015
30 years of the EU-Flagge 20001
20002
20004
20005
51,402,500  
 

 

Description : From 1950, the Council of Europe had been working on the design of a flag for Europe. The proposal to adopt the emblem of the Paneuropa Union, founded by Richard Coudenhove‐Kalergi in 1922, was rejected because of its supposed Christian symbolism. In 1955 it was agreed that the European flag, also adopted by the European Community on 29th of June 1985, would be the European flag with the twelve (a number of twelve is considered a sign of perfection) golden stars in a circular (symbolising unity) arrangement on a blue background. To mark the 30th anniversary of the EU flag, all 19 EU countries which use the euro as their official currency issued a commemorative €2 coin. There were five designs to choose from which could be voted for online. The result was declared on 28th of May 2015. The coin design was created by Georgios Stamatopoulos, coin designer at the Bank of Greece, whose initials "ΓΣ" can be seen in the lower right‐hand corner. It shows twelve stylised persons in a circle around a European flag with the twelve euro stars.
 
In deviation from this, a latent image of Grand Duke Henri is also imprinted on the Luxembourg coins, as according to Luxembourg law no national coin may be issued without the image of the head of state.
 
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Belgium 17 Sep. 2015 2015 - European Year for Development 20001
20002
20005
250,000  
 

 

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San Marino 29 Sep. 2015 25th anniversary of German Unity 20001
20002
20005
102,400  
 

 

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Vatican City 06 Oct. 2015 VIII World Meeting of Families ‐ Philadelphia 2015 20001
20002
20005
114,000  
 

 

Description : The motif shows two families, each consisting of three people, embracing the globe. The outlines of both Americas can be seen on the globe. The motif is framed by two inscriptions: above "VIII INCONTRO MONDIALE DELLE FAMIGLIE" (VIII World Meeting of Families) and below "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO" (Vatican City). On the left are the logos "C.Principe" of the coin designer Chiara Principe and "E.L.F. INC." (INC. = Incisore / engraver) of the engraver Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini and at the top, the year of issue "2015" and on the right the initial "R", the mint mark of the Italian mint Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato in Rome.
 
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Luxembourg 15 Oct. 2015 125th anniversary of the Nassau-Weilburg Dynasty
15th coin of the Grand-Ducal Dynasty series
20001
20002
20005
511,500  
 

 

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Finland 22 Oct. 2015 150th birthday of Akseli Gallen-Kallela 20001
20002
20005
500,000  
 

 

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Slovakia 23 Oct. 2015 200th birthday of Ľudovít Štúr 20001
20002
20005
1,000,000  
 

 

Description : Ľudovít Štúr (1815‐1856) is considered an outstanding figure in the Slovak national movement in what was then Austria‐Hungary. As a philologist and writer, he founded the current version of the Slovak literary language by introducing a new phonetic orthography. In 1994, the Ľudovít‐Štúr‐Order was founded as one of the highest awards in Slovakia and is awarded annually. The portrait, based on a painting by Jozef Božetech Klemens (1817‐1883), bears the inscription "ĽUDOVÍT ŠTÚR" and the year of his birth and death "1815‐1856" on the left and the year of issue "2015" and the name of the issuing country "SLOVENSKO" (Slovakia) on the right. The mint mark "MK" between two embossing stamps of the Slovak mint Mincovňa Kremnica š.p. in Kremnica is on the upper right. The abbreviated initials "IR" of the coin designer Ivan Řehák can be found in the lower right-hand corner.
 
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Slovenia 09 Nov. 2015 Bimillenary of the foundation of Emona 20001
20002
20005
1,000,000  
 

 

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Monaco 14 Nov. 2015 800th anniversary of the Contruction of the first Fortress on the rock 1215 20001
20002
20005
10,000  
 

 

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Latvia 01 Dec. 2015 Stork 20001
20002
20005
1,000,000  
 

 

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Lithuania 14 Dec. 2015 Lithuanian Language 20001
20002 20005
1,000,000  
 

 

Description : The German linguist August Schleicher (1821‐1868) recognised that Lithuanian is the most conservative, ancient living Indo‐European language, highly frequented with grammatical forms, some of which can also be found in Sanskrit or in other ancient languages ‐ known in the German‐speaking world as "Indo‐Germanic" ‐ such as ancient Greek or Latin. In 1861 he attempted to reconstruct the original language, called "Protoindoeuropean", by including Lithuanian. Book smuggling from Prussia undermined the ban on the printing of Lithuanian books with Latin letters. This ban together with the boycott of Cyrillic script was lifted in 1904. The letters of the largely phonetic Lithuanian alphabet form the background of the coin motif designed by Liudas Parulskis, the pre‐production plaster model was created by Giedrius Paulauskis. The emboldened word "AČIŪ" means "thank you" and below it to the right is the circular mint mark "LMK" of the Lithuanian mint Lietuvos monetų kalykla in Vilnius. At the bottom is the issuing country "LIETUVA" (Lithuania) and below that is the year "2015".
 
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Greece 23 Dec. 2015 75 years since the death of Spyros Louis 20001
20002
20005
750,000  
 

 



Work in progress
 
 
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Andorra 18 Jul. 2016 25th anniversary of signing the Customs Agreement with the EU 20001
20002
20005
85,000  
 

 

Description : The coin commemorates the 25th anniversary of the signing of the customs agreement with the European Union and was designed by the Ateliers de Gravure of the Monnaie de Paris. It shows the outline of the Principality and within it the coat of arms of Andorra with the Latin motto "VIRTVS VNITA FORTIOR" (Virtus unita fortior, United Virtue is stronger). Shown on the coat of arms is the mitre and crosier of the Bishop of Urgell, Prince of Andorra together with three stakes of the coat of arms of Foix and four of Catalonia respectively, and the two cows taken from the flag of the Counts of Béarn. Below them are two arrows running in opposite directions symbolise the customs agreement between Andorra and the EU, and are enscribed "1990 ANDORRA" and "2015". The semi‐circular two‐line inscription running from the top to the middle of the coin reads "25è aniversari de la Signatura de l'Acord Duaner amb la Unió Europea" (25 anniversary of signing the customs agreement with the European Union). Andorran coins are minted alternately in the countries of the Princes of Andorra; in 2015 this was the turn of the Monnaie de Paris in Pessac. Due to organisational problems, the coin could not be issued until 2016.
 
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Andorra 18 Jul. 2016 30th anniversary of 18 becoming the legal age 20001
20002
20005
85,000  
 

 

Description : In 1985 in Andorra 18 became the age of majority with the associated political rights for men and women. The coin, designed by the Italian designer Orietta Rossi, depicts a young person voting and inserting the ballot marked "ANDORRA" into the ballot box. At the top of the coin are the years "1985" and "2015". The inscription around the outside of the motif reads "30è ANIVERSARI MAJORIA D'EDAT ALS 18 ANYS" (30th anniversary of 18 becoming the legal age). Andorran coins are minted alternately in the countries of the Princes of Andorra; in 2015 it was the turn of the Monnaie de Paris in Pessac. Due to organisational problems the coin could not be issued until 2016.
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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