Last week we brought you a curiosity: how has changed the number of pennies that compound a sterling pound. Since this present year is about to finish, this week we decided to summarize what happened throughout this year, bringing you a list of all the commemorative coins of 2 Euros that have been minted this 2017.
Continuing with the series of coins dedicated to the German states, this year has been the turn of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (in German: Rheinland-Pflaz). A southwestern Germany state crossed by the rivers Rhine and Moselle.
The central image of the coin shows the Porta Nigra of Trier, a monumental gate built during the Roman Empire as part of the fortifications of the city of Trier. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. In inside part of the coin appears the name of the state "RHEINLAND-PFALZ" next to the country code of Germany (D).
In addition, on the left side of the coin we find the corresponding mint mark (A, D, F, G or J), while on the right side we find the initials "CH" corresponding to the designer: Chocola Frantisek.
This small mountainous country has decided to mint two commemorative coins for this year 2017, although they are not yet put into circulation, its release date is on December this year.
Although the anthem was written in 1914, it wasn’t until now when Andorra has decided to dedicate the first of its two commemorative coins to the first centenary of the elaboration of its Anthem. It was on April 2, 1917, the day of the adoption of this as national anthem.
In the middle of the coin there is few musical notes, as a partial reproduction of the hymn. The musical notes are surrounded by flowers and the inscription: "Himne Andorrà" (Anthem of Andorra). At the top appears the coin minting year, 2017, along with the inscription: "100 anys de l'himne d'Andorra" (100 years of the Andorra anthem).
Andorra has chosen for the second commemorative coin, a motive that represents the country itself, a simplified version of the map of its territory. This symbol is used by the state as an image in all of its graphic communications, giving to the country an unmistakable and immediate identification.
This diagram, formed by a triangle with three undulating lines, is the motif that appears in the central part of the coin along with the inscriptions "Andorra" and " EL PAÍS DELS PIRINEUS " (the Country of the Pyrenees).
This year, 2017, Belgium has decided to dedicate its two commemorative coins of 2 Euros to two of its most important universities of the country: Liege and Ghent. Both universities are celebrating 200 years of history this year.
The first of the coins minted by Belgium in 2017 was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the University of Liege. This new coin was presented last April 20th, in the presence of the dean and a group of collaborators of the university, who witnessed the minting of the piece.
The central image of the coin presents the shield of the University of Liege, with four quarters repeated two and two, and under it a ribbon shows the legend Universitas Leodiensis (University of Liege in Latin). To both sides of this shield appear the dates of the bicentennial that commemorates the university, from the year of its foundation, 1817, to 2017, year of mintage of the coin.
Surrounding these inscriptions, the legend "200 years of the University of Liege" appears first in French and then in English along with the symbols of the mint and the identifier of the country BE (Belgium).
At the end of last September 2017, it was announced the sale of the second coin of 2 Euros commemorative Belgium, dedicated the University of Ghent.
In the central part of the coin is the logo of the University of Ghent next to the dates of the two hundredth anniversaries, 1817 - 2017, all of them surrounded by the inscription in French and English "200 Years of the University of Ghent".
In the lower part is the mint mark of the Royal Mint of Brussels, the mint mark of its address and the indication of the country (BE).
Cyprus has minted this year its first commemorative coin after the previous ones dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the European flag, the tenth anniversary of the Euro as common currency or the tenth anniversary of its putting into circulation.
The chosen design has been the cities selected European capital of culture in 2017, the Cypriot cities are Paphos along with the Danish Aarhus.
The coin represents the image of the ancient Odeon of Paphos, a small amphitheater built with limestone in the second century and which is still used today for theatrical and musical performances, celebrating many of them within the capital's program.
It should be noted that this is not the only currency that has been dedicated to a European capital of culture, this was also commemorated by: the Portuguese city of Guimarães in 2012, or Riga, capital of Latvia in 2014.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Slovenia's entry into the Euro. The country adopted the European currency on January 1, 2007, leaving behind its old currency, the Tólar, which was in circulation since 1991. In 2004 there was the last enlargement to allow countries to enter into the European Union, Slovenia was the first of those ten members to enter in the Union, having the Euro as the common currency.
The coin shows ten swallows flying clockwise, symbolizing the progress and development of the country. These swallows are surrounded by the inscriptions "10 LET SKUPNE EVROPSKE VALUTE" (10 Years of the Common European Currency) at the bottom, also next the name of the country and the minted year at the top.
The Slovak Republic has decided to dedicate its commemorative coin of the 2017 to the 550th Anniversary of the Istropolitan University of Pressburg (now Bratislava). This was the second university founded in the kingdom of Hungary and the first that was created in the current Slovakia.
The center of the coin shows the figure of a teacher and two students placed before the facade of the building of the former Istropolitan University of Bratislava. Also, in the upper left area we find the medallion of King Matthias Corvinus founder of the university along with the year "1467", year in which the university was opened. Surrounding the central figure are the inscriptions "UNIVERZITA" on the left side and "ISTROPOLITANA" on the right. Finally, at the lower part of the coin, we can see issuer country text "SLOVENSKO" and the year of minting.
This is already the eighth commemorative dedicated Spanish places included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. This coin commemorates one of the most important buildings of pre-Romanesque Asturian art: the church of Santa María del Naranco.
On the obverse side of the coin, right in the center we can see the image of the church of Santa María del Naranco, the most representative building of Asturian pre-Romanesque art together with the minting year, 2017, and the mint mark.