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2 euro CYPRUS (from 2008)

2 euro from 2008 - Cypriot coins
2 euro from 2008 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the centre a figurine from Pomos; right from it year of issue; along the top edge: ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS (Cyprus in Greek and Turkish); at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the centre face value: 2, on the right inscription EURO; in the background of the inscription a map of Europe; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
reeded with concave inscription: edge 2 euro
issue date:
1 I 2008
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
designer:
Erik Maell, Tatiana Soteropoulos, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Rahapaja Oy (The Mint), Vantaa, Finland (years 2008-2009);

Ίδρυμα Εκτύπωσης Τραπεζογραμματίων και Αξιών (The Banknote Printing Works), Athens, Greece (from 2010)
mintage:
2008 24 930 000 + 70 000 in annual box sets
2009 4 985 000 + 15 000 in annual box sets
2010 200 000
2011 190 000 + 10 000 in annual box sets
2012 988 000 + 12 000 in annual box sets
2013 90 000 + 10 000 in annual box sets
2014 93 000 + 7 000 in annual box sets
2015 95 000 + 5 000 in annual box sets
interesting facts:
The most distinctive archaeological findings in Cyprus are figurines of probably goddess of fertility. Because of their common shape they are called cruciform idols. The largest of the figurines found in Pomos, is made of steatite and has a size of 45 x 75 mm. It is dated to around 30th century BC. Today it is presented in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

The Idol of Pomos among with other figurines on the exhibition in the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

Idol of Pomos
last update: 16 X 2015

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