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2 euro PORTUGAL (2007) 50th Anniversary of Roman Treaties

2 euro 2007 - 50th Anniversary of Roman Treaties - Portuguese coins
2 euro 2007 - 50th Anniversary of Roman Treaties - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the centre opened book of the treaties, above it inscription: EUROPA; in the background paving of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome; below year of issue: 2007; along the top edge in two lines: TRATADO DE ROMA / 50 ANOS (Treaty of Rome / 50 years); along the bottom edge: PORTUGAL; 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 seven castles and five shields from Portuguese Coat of Arms:

edge 2 euro
issue date:
25 III 2007
withdrawal date:
circulating
designer:
common proposal of European mints, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda (National Press - The Mint), Lisbon (mint mark INCM right from the book on the obverse)
mintage:
2007 1 500 000 + 15 000 in boxed sets
interesting facts:
The design of the obverse of the coin commemorating 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome was selected in a result of the designing competition for European mints. The contest was settled by a three-person committee consisting of: Joaquín Almunia (Spanish, contemporary European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs), Pervenche Berès (French, contemporary European Parliament member) and Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourgish, contemporary President of the Eurogroup). It seems that none of the proposals impressed the committee, because eventually the official sources say that the coin obverse is the result of common work of all European mints.

The obverse shows the treaties signed by six founding members of the European Economic Community placed on a background of paving of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where on March 25, 1957 the treaties were signed. Above this motive an inscription "50 years of the Roman Treaties" and "Europe" as well as the name of the country were written in national languages of the issuing countries (or in Latin). Thus the inscriptions on the obverse differ from country to country, but the central motif stays the same.

The image of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome is used on another European coin - Italian 50 euro cent.

The book of the Roman Treaties, a scheme of the Piazza de Campidoglio in Rome and a national side of Italian 50 euro cent coin.

Roman Treaties book, Piazza de Campidoglio and Italian 50 euro cent coin
last update: 27 I 2013

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