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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: Finnish sauna culture

Description: The design shows a Finnish landscape with a typical Finnish lakeside sauna placed in the centre. The year of issuance ‘2018’ is placed at the centre bottom. The indication of the issuing country ‘FI’ is at the centre left and the mint mark at the centre right. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 1 million coins

Issuing date: October 2018

7,00 €
Feature: The 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Italian Ministry of Health

Description: The design shows an allegorical representation of Health with some symbols of the activities of the Ministry: Environment, Research, Nutrition and Medicine. On the left the logo ‘RI’, acronym of the Italian Republic; above the mintmark of the Mint of Rome ‘R’; at the base of the female figure the initials of the author Silvia Petrassi. From left to right, in semi-circle, the inscription ‘MINISTERO DELLA SALUTE’ and the dates ‘1958-2018’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 3 million coins

Issuing date: March 2018
7,00 €
Feature: Zemgale

Description: The design shows the coat of arms of the region of Zemgale. At the top, the name of the issuing country ‘LATVIJA’ and at the bottom the inscription ‘ZEMGALE’. At the right hand side, the year of issuance ‘2018’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 512 000 coins

Issuing date: September 2018
7,00 €
Feature: Lithuanian Song and Dance celebration (inscribed on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)

Description: The design features stylised figures of people and birds, typical of one of the Lithuanian folk art genres — paper cuttings, symbolic of folk dance and song. The inscription of the issuing country ‘LIETUVA’ is at the center bottom, the year of issuance ‘2018’ is at the left hand side and the mark of the Lithuanian Mint is at the right hand side. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: April 2018
7,00 €
Feature: The 175th anniversary of the death of the Grand Duke Guillaume Ist

Description: The design shows on the right hand the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Henri, looking to the left and on the left hand the effigy of HRH the Grand Duke Guillaume Ist. Between both effigies are depicted vertically the year-dates ‘1772-1843’ as well as the name ‘Guillaume Ier’. At the bottom appears the text ‘LUXEMBOURG’ and the year-date ‘2018’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 500 000 coins

Issuing date: September 2018
9,00 €
Feature: 250 years of the Ajuda Botanical Garden (‘Jardim Botânico da Ajuda’)

Description: The design shows a very old Dracaena tree that is in the Ajuda Botanical Garden premises and is a symbol of the garden. The Ajuda Botanical Garden is a Technological Support Unit of the Agronomy University. It plays the role of an infrastructure for education and research but is also open to the public. It was the first botanical garden in Portugal projected to preserve, study and collect the most numerous possible species from the plant world. At the top of the design, from left to right, in semi-circle, there is the inscription ‘250 ANOS JARDIM BOTÂNICO DA AJUDA’. At the bottom, from left to right, in semi-circle, there is the inscription ‘PORTUGAL 2018’. Right underneath the image of the tree, at the left side, there are the initials of the artist ‘J. FAZENDA’ and at the right side the mintmark ‘INCM’. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins

Issuing date: July 2018
7,00 €
Feature: The 50th anniversary of King FELIPE VI

Description: The design reproduces King Felipe VI’s coat of arms. On the left hand side, in semi-circle, is the word ‘ESPAÑA’ and below the year of issuance 2018. At the bottom right, in semi-circle, is the inscription ‘50 ANIVERSARIO DE S.M. FELIPE VI’. The mint mark is represented at the top right. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 400 000 coins

Issuing date: February 2018
8,00 €
Feature: UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites - Santiago

Description: The City of Santiago de Compostela was declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1985, considering its urban beauty and monumental integrity added to the deep echoes of its spiritual and cultural significance of the Middle Ages: the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage.
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.
The design reproduces the sculpture of Santiago as a central figure in the canvas of the Puerta Santa of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. On the left hand side, in semi-circle, is the word “ESPAÑA”, at the bottom left the year of issuance “2018” and underneath the mint mark.
The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Issuing volume: 300 000 coins

Issuing date: February 2018
19,00 €