Euro coins in pictures – National sides, €2


 

National sides

If you cannot find a coin in this list, it may be a commemorative coin.

  • 2 €, Austria
    This coin bears a portrait of the pacifist Bertha von Suttner, a symbol of Austria's efforts over many decades to support peace. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2 EURO ***, repeated four times, alternately upright and inverted.
     
  • 2 €, Belgium

    Belgium's euro coins were designed by Jan Alfons Keustermans, Director of the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts of Turnhout. There are two series of coins in circulation. Both are valid.

    The first series depicts King Albert II in the inner part of the coin, while the royal monogram - a capital "A" underneath a crown - among 12 stars, symbolising Europe, as well as the year of issuance appear in the outer part.

    In 2008, Belgium slightly modified the design in order to comply with the European Commission's guidelines. The coins of the second series also show King Albert II, but the royal monogram and the year of issuance now appear in the inner part of the coin, as do the mint marks and the country code for Belgium, "BE".

     
  • 2 €, Cyprus
    The €1 and €2 coins depict a cruciform idol from the Chalcolithic period (3000 BC). This characteristic example of the island's prehistoric art reflects Cyprus's place at the heart of civilisation and antiquity.
     
  • 2 €, Estonia
    The design for the national side of Estonia's coins is the same for all denominations. It features a geographical image of Estonia and the word "Eesti", which means "Estonia".
     
  • 2 €, Finland
    The motif on this coin comprises cloudberries and cloudberry flowers in a design by Raimo Heino. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: SUOMI FINLAND ***, where the * represents a lion's head.
     
  • 2 €, France
    €1 and €2 coins: a tree, drawn by the artist Joaquim Jimenez, appears on these coins, symbolising life, continuity and growth. It is contained in a hexagon and encircled by the motto of the Republic, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, equality, fraternity). Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
     
  • 2 €, Germany
    €1 and €2 coins: the traditional symbol of German sovereignty, the eagle, surrounded by the stars of Europe, appears on these coins. This motif was designed by Heinz and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT (unity, justice and freedom) and the emblem of the Federal Eagle.
     
  • 2 €, Greece
    This coin depicts a scene from a mosaic in Sparta (third century AD), showing Europa being abducted by Zeus, who has taken the form of a bull. Europa is a figure from Greek mythology after whom Europe was named. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: EΛΛHNIKH ΔHMOKPATIA * (Hellenic Republic).
     
  • 2 €, Ireland
    The Government of Ireland decided on a single national design for all Irish coin denominations. They show the Celtic harp, a traditional symbol of Ireland, decorated with the year of issue and the inscription "Éire" - the Irish word for Ireland. The harp shown was designed by Jarlath Hayes. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
     
  • 2 €, Italy
    Depicted on this coin is a portrait drawn by Raphaël of Dante Alighieri, housed in the Pope Julius II Wing of the Vatican City Palace. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
     
  • 2 €, Latvia
    The €2 coin features a Latvian folk maiden. This image was originally used on the silver 5 lats coin in 1929. The edge of the coin bears the inscription DIEVS * SVĒTĪ * LATVIJU (GOD BLESS LATVIA). The designer is Guntars Sietiņš.
     
  • 2 €, Luxembourg

    Yvette Gastauer-Claire designed the coins by agreement with the Royal Household and the Luxembourg Government.

    All the Luxembourg coins bear the profile of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri. They also bear the year of issue and the word "Luxembourg" written in Luxembourgish ("Lëtzebuerg").

     
  • 2 €, Malta
    The €1 and €2 coins show the emblem used by the Sovereign Order of Malta. During the Order's rule over Malta, between 1530 and 1798, the eight-pointed cross became associated with the island and is now often referred to as the Maltese Cross.
     
  • 2 €, Monaco

    There are two series of coins in circulation.

    The first series depicts, on the €2 coin, HSH Prince Rainier III. A double portrait of HSH Prince Rainier III and HSH Hereditary Prince Albert appears on the €1 coin. The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins depict the Prince’s seal. The coat of arms of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco is shown on the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins.

    The second series shows, on the €2 and €1 coins, a portrait of HSH Prince Albert II. HSH Prince Albert’s monogram is depicted on the 10, 20 and 50-cent coins. The coat of arms of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco is the main feature of the design on the 1, 2 and 5-cent coins.

    Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.

     
  • 2 €, Portugal
    €1 and €2 coins: the country's castles and coats of arms are set amid the European stars. This symbolises dialogue, the exchange of values and the dynamics of the building of Europe. The centrepiece is the royal seal of 1144. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: five coats of arms and seven castles, all equally spaced.
     
  • 2 €, San Marino
    The Government building (Palazzo Pubblico) is shown on this coin. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
     
  • 2 €, Slovakia
    The €1 and €2 coins depict a double cross on three hills, as featured in the national emblem of Slovakia.
     
  • 2 €, Slovenia
    This coin shows the poet France Prešeren and the inscription "Shivé naj vsi naródi" (God’s blessing on all nations) − a line taken from his poem "Zdravljica" which is also used in the country’s national anthem. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: SLOVENIJA followed by an engraved dot.
     
  • 2 €, Spain
    €1 and €2 coins: these show a portrait of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón y Borbón. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
     
  • €1 and €2 coins: Queen Beatrix is shown in profile with the inscription "Beatrix Queen of The Netherlands" in Dutch. The 12 stars of Europe are confined to half the circumference of the coin. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS * (God be with us).
     
  • There are three series of Vatican City coins in circulation.

    The first series, bearing the effigy of His Holiness John Paul II, was issued between 2002 and 2005.

    The second series, first issued in June 2005, shows the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain, the interim Head of the State of Vatican City, superimposed on the emblem of the Apostolic Chamber in the centre of the coin. The upper part of this design is surrounded by the semicircular words "SEDE VACANTE" and the year of issue in Roman numerals, i.e. "MMV". The mintmark ("R") is located between the coat of arms and the year of issue. The designer's name, "D. LONGO", appears on the lower left-hand edge of the central design, while the respective engraver's initials appear on the lower right-hand edge, namely "MAC inc" (on the 1 and 20-cent coins), "LDS inc" (on the 2 and 50-cent coins), "ELF inc" (on the 5 cent and €1 coins) and "MCC inc" (on the 10 cent and €2 coins). Twelve stars are depicted in a semicircle around the upper half of the outer edge of the coin, while the lower half bears the words "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO", again set in a semicircle.

    The third series, issued in April 2006, shows His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and the legend "CITTÀ DEL VATICANO". To the right of his portrait are the year ("2006") and the mint mark ("R"). To the left are the designer’s initials ("DL").

     
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