2 € commemorative coins

2 € commemorative coins

Each country may issue two commemorative coins per year. These coins have the same features and properties and the same common side as normal €2 coins. What makes them different is their commemorative design on the national side. Only the €2 denomination can be used for commemorative coins.

They are legal tender throughout the euro area. That means they can be used – and must be accepted – just like any other euro coin.

Most of these coins commemorate the anniversaries of historical events or draw attention to current events of historic importance. The very first €2 commemorative coin was issued by Greece to commemorate the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

Designing and issuing the coins is the competence of the individual euro countries. The ECB’s role regarding the commemorative but also all other coins is to approve the maximum volumes of coins that the individual countries may issue.

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Feature: Endangered nature – the Black Stork

Description: The design shows a black stork (Ciconia nigra) which is considered to be one of the nature conservation flagship species in Europe. In 2005 the Black Stork Protection Plan was adopted in Latvia. At the bottom of the design is the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and underneath the year of issuance ‘2015’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 1 010 000 coins

Issuing date: October 2015
7,00 €
Feature: 30th anniversary of the Coming of Age and Political Rights to the Men and Women turning 18 years old

Description: The design shows a partial reproduction of a young person casting a vote. The ballot that the figure is holding reproduces the inscription ‘ANDORRA’. To the left of the figure there are the years that are being commemorated ‘1985’ and ‘2015’ (the latter is the year of issue of the coin as well). A shorter inscription of the commemoration surrounds the whole design ‘30è ANIVERSARI MAJORIA D’EDAT ALS 18 ANYS’ (30th anniversary Coming of Age at 18 years old). The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 85 000 coins

Issuing date: December 2015
45,00 €
Feature: 600 years of the Council of the Land

Description: The design commemorates the 600th anniversary of the creation of the Consell de la Terra (Council of the Land). It was a representative body created in 1419, predecessor of the Consell General (General Council), the parliament of Andorra. The design depicts the upper part of the entry portal of Casa de la Vall (the parliament’s old seat), with the coat of arms of the country and a fragment of a window above it. Two compact groups of human faces on both sides of the design, as if they were stones of the building, mean the cohesion of Andorrans as a social community united in history, institutions and values.
The inscription ‘600 ANYS DEL CONSELL DE LA TERRA’ (600 years of the Council of the Land) at the top, and the name of the issuing country ‘ANDORRA’ and both year dates ‘1419’ and ‘2019’ in the middle of the number ‘600’ below complete the design. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 60 000 coins

Issuing date: 4th quarter 2019
55,00 €
Motiiv: 50 aastat naiste üldise valimisõiguse kehtestamisest

Kirjeldus: mündil on kujutatud lõputute liikuvate lintidega ümbritsetud naise nägu. Need lindid moodustuvad katalaanikeelsetest naisenimedest, mis on niivõrd üksteise lähedal, et see raskendab nende eraldi lugemist. See sümboliseerib naiste solidaarsust enda õiguste eest võitlemisel. Kujundust täiendavad kirjad „50 ANYS DEL SUFRAGI UNIVERSAL FEMENÍ” (50 aastat naiste üldise valimisõiguse kehtestamisest) ja „ANDORRA 1970 - 2020”. Ka need kirjad on kaasatud lintide liikumisse, et rõhutada tähistatava aastapäeva olulisust. Mündi välisringil on kujutatud Euroopa Liidu lipu 12 tähte.

Emissiooni maht: 60 000 münti.
59,00 €
Motiiv: 27. Ibero-Ameerika tippkohtumine Andorras

Kirjeldus: 27. Ibero-Ameerika riigipeade ja valitsusjuhtide tippkohtumine peetakse 2020. aastal Andorra Vürstiriigis. Andorra, mis on Ibero-Ameerika konverentsi uusim ja kõige väikseim liige, on selle kõrgetasemelise poliitilise kohtumise korraldaja. Kohtumisel osalevad 19 Ladina-Ameerika riiki ning Hispaania, Portugal ja Andorra. Kohtimisel arutatakse ühiste eesmärkide (nt kestlik areng) saavutamist. Mündil on kujutatud puu, mis koosneb inimsiluettidest ja tillukestest hammasratastest. Inimsiluetid sümboliseerivad ühiskonna lõimumist, kultuuri ja haridust kestliku tuleviku saavutamiseks. Tillukesed hammasrattad sümboliseerivad tippkohtumisel osalejate ideede ja ettepanekute vahetamisest tekkivat sünergiat. Puu kõrval on kujutatud 27. tippkohtumise logo. Logo ülemisel poolel kujutatud kolm kolmnurka sümboliseerivad Andorra lipu värve. Logo alumisel poolel kujutatud kuus kolmnurka sümboliseerivad Andorra avatust kestliku arengu eesmärkidele. Kujutise ümber on kiri „XXVII CIMERA IBEROAMERICANA ANDORRA 2020” (27. Ibero-Ameerika tippkohtumine, Andorra 2020). Mündi välisringil on kujutatud Euroopa Liidu lipu 12 tähte.

Emissiooni maht: 73 500 münti

Emissiooni aeg: 2020.
55,00 €
Feature: Jan van Eyck

Description: The inner part of the piece depicts the portrait of the famous Flemish artist Jan van Eyck, together with his signature and a painter’s palette that also contains the initials LL, referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx and two paintbrushes. Above this, you can find the name J. van Eyck. As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the bottom together with the Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele. The country code BE and the year mark 2020 is located on the right. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins

Issuing date: May 2020
17,00 €
Feature: 2015 – European Year for Development

Description: The inner part of the coin depicts a hand holding a globe of the Earth with a plant in the foreground. The inscription ‘2015 EUROPEAN YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT’ features in an arc above the globe. The country code ‘BE’ appears beneath the hand while the signature mark of the Master of the Mint and the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael, are to its left. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 250 000 coins

Issuing date: September 2015
19,00 €
Feature: Olympic Games

Description: The inner part of the coin depicts, from top to bottom, a stylised figure, the five Olympic rings and the inscription ‘TEAM BELGIUM’. The year 2016 is written on the left-hand side of the coin. The country code ‘BE’ appears on the right-hand side of the coin, between the mark of the Brussels mint, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael, and the signature mark of the Master of the Mint. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 375 000 coins

Issuing date: March 2016
22,00 €
Feature: 200th anniversary of the Ghent University

Description: The inner part of the piece represents the logo of the Ghent University, with the dates 1817 - 2017 below, surrounded by the inscription 200 JAAR UNIVERSITEIT GENT – 200 YEARS GHENT UNIVERSITY and the country indication BE. The mintmark of Brussels, a helmeted head of the Archangel Michael, and the mint directors’ mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, are located respectively on the right and left of the country indication. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 200 000 coins

Issuing date: September 2017
22,00 €
Feature: 200th anniversary of the University of Liège

Description: The inner part of the piece represents the logo of the University of Liege, with the dates 1817 — 2017 below, surrounded by the inscription 200 ANS UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE — 200 YEARS UNIVERSITY OF LIEGE and the country indication BE. The mintmark of Brussels, a helmeted head of the Archangel Michael and the mint directors’ mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, are located respectively on the right and left of the country indication. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 200 000 coins

Issuing date: April 2017
22,00 €
Feature: The 50th anniversary of May 1968 events in Belgium

Description:The design represents students with a pamphlet and flag in their hands and refers to student demonstrations that took place in Belgium in connection with the sociocultural changes of May 1968. It was an important national event that shaped Belgium’s national politics and influenced subsequent Government reforms, now 50 years ago. The mintmark of Utrecht (the Mercury’s wand) is located on the left together with the Belgian mint master mark (the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele). The year mark 2018 and the country code BE are located at the left as well, just like the initials LL of the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx. An auditorium marks the back, which is a reference to students. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 260 000 coins

Issuing date: May/June 2018
22,00 €
Feature: The 50th anniversary of the ESRO 2B satellite

Description: The design shows the ESRO 2B satellite, the first successful satellite of the European Space Research Organization and launched in May 1968, circling around planet Earth. The ESRO 2B, also renamed as ‘IRIS’ (International Radiation Investigation Satellite) once in orbit, was concentrated on solar X-rays, cosmic radiation and Earth’s radiation belts. The mintmark of Utrecht (the Mercury’s wand) is located on the bottom together with the Belgian mint master mark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, the country code BE and the initials LL referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 260 000 coins

Issuing date: October 2018
22,00 €
Feature: The 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Description: The inner part of the piece bears the portrait of the famous Belgian artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, together with a painting on an easel. Above this, you can find the name P. BRUEGEL, the years 1569, with a subtle obelisk referring to the year of death, and 2019, the year of issuance. As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the left together with the Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele, the country code BE. The initials LL referring to the designer of the coin, Mr Luc Luycx, are located on the right. Finally, around the edge of the inner part small dots form a circle. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 155 000 coins

Issuing date: January 2019
22,00 €
Feature: International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH 2020)

Description: The inner part of the piece depicts the official logo of the IYPH 2020 that symbolises leaves and the text ‘International year of plant health’. The leaves represent healthy plants as the source of the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat and all life on earth. This positive image of leaves protected from deadly pests and diseases forms a circle, which represents the world and underlines how plant health and protection is a global issue. Plant health is the key to ending hunger, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and boosting economic development. As the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the coins, the mintmark of Utrecht, a mercury staff is located on the right. The Belgian mint director mintmark, the coat of arms of the municipality Herzele is located on the left. The country code BE and the year mark 2020 are located on the bottom. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 150 000 coins

Issuing date: February 2020
19,00 €
Feature: The 30th anniversary of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and genetics

Description: The design depicts a ‘neuron with its synapses’ in reference to the activities performed by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, which celebrates 30 years of existence. The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics receives international recognition and plays an active and essential role as a national, regional and international centre of excellence for the provision opf high quality services, innovative reasearch and postgraduate education. The iossuing country’s name ‘KYΠΡΟΣ - KIBRIS’ and the phrase ‘ΙΝΣΤΙTOYΤΟ ΝΕΥΡΟΛΟΓΊΑΣ & ΓΕΝΕΤΙKHΣ KYΠΡΟY 1990-2020’ (i.e. Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics 1990-2020) are inscribed in circle around the design. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 412 000 coins

Issuing date: 4th quarter 2020
7,00 €
Feature: Song Festival’s 150-year anniversary

Description: The design is inspired by the Song Celebration procession, which moves like the waves on the sea with cheers of pride and joy and a panoply of national dress. The design unites music, national costumes, and the various sites of the great and powerful Song Celebration of the nation by the sea. The design also features the first notes of the Estonian national anthem and, at the bottom, the words ‘Laulupidu 150’ (Song Celebration 150). At the top is the year of issuance ‘2019’ and underneath the name of the issuing country ‘EESTI’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 1 million coins

Issuing date: June 2019
5,00 €
Feature: The centenary of the Tartu Peace Treaty

Description: The treaty was signed between Estonia and Soviet Russia on 2 February 1920, and it fixed the Eastern border of Estonia, bringing an end to the War of Independence. The design depicts a tree with branches disguising the words TARTU RAHU (Tartu Peace Treaty). It also bears the country name ‘EESTI’ and the date of issue ‘2 February 2020’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: February 2020
5,00 €
Feature: The bicentenary of the discovery of Antarctica

Description: The discovery is linked to Estonia because one of the first men to see Antarctica in 1820 was Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, a Baltic German seafarer born in Saaremaa, who documented the discovery. The design depicts a motif of a sailing ship. It also bear the inscriptions ‘Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen’ and ‘ANTARKTIKA 200’, the country name ‘EESTI’ and the year of issuance ‘2020’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

Issuing volume: 750 000 coins

Issuing date: March 2020
5,00 €
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Issuing volume: 1 000 000 coins

Issuing date: 2020
5,00 €
Feature: The Finnish nature

Description: The inner part of the coin has a design forming a cartographic likeness of the moon seen from Harmaja, Finland. On the top of the moon there is a crow sitting on a branch. The year of issuance ‘2017’ is placed at the center bottom. At the center left is the indication of the issuing country ‘FI’. The mint mark is placed center right. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: October 2017
7,00 €