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Commemorative coins 2005

Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union

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Belgium

The coin shows the effigies of His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians, and His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri, and commemorates the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union.

Issuing volume: 6 million coins
Official Journal: C061 11.03.2005, p.7

 

400th anniversary of the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de La Mancha

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Spain

An image of Don Quixote, the lean character imagined by Miguel de Cervantes, appears holding a lance against a backdrop of windmills. The coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first edition of Cervantes’ masterpiece.

Issuing volume: 8 million coins
Official Journal: C131 28.05.2005, p.9

 

First anniversary of the signing of the European Constitution

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Italy

Europa and the bull are featured in the centre of the coin. She holds a pen and the text of the European Constitution, which was signed in Rome on 29 October 2004.

Issuing volume: 18 million coins
Official Journal: C283 16.11.2005, p.17

 

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duke Adolphe

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Luxembourg

The effigies of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duke Adolphe are featured in the centre of this coin, which commemorates the 50th birthday of Grand Duke Henri, the 5th anniversary of his accession to the throne and the centenary of the death of Grand Duke Adolphe.

Issuing volume: 2.8 million coins
Official Journal: C011 15.01.2005, p.3

 

50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty

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Austria

The centre of the coin reproduces the signatures and seals of the Austrian State Treaty signed in 1955 by the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Austria, thereby re-establishing Austrian sovereignty.

Issuing volume: 7 million coins
Official Journal: C061 11.03.2005, p.6

 

60th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and 50th anniversary of Finland’s membership

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Finland

Depicted in the centre of the coin are parts of a jigsaw puzzle showing a dove of peace, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations and the 50th anniversary of Finland becoming a member.

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Official Journal: C244 04.10.2005, p.4

 

World Year of Physics 2005

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San Marino

This coin features a representation of Galileo Galilei used as an allegory of ‘Old Physics’ (Fisica antica). 2005 was chosen as the World Year of Physics because it marked the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's ‘miraculous year’ in which he published three important papers describing ideas that have since influenced all of modern physics

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Official Journal: C244 04.10.2005, p.3

 

20th World Youth Day held in Cologne in August 2005

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Vatican City

This coin shows a representation of the Cathedral of Cologne with a comet passing overhead. The 20th World Youth Day was held in Cologne in August 2005, and marked the first apostolic journey of Pope Benedict XVI.

Issuing volume: 100 000 coins
Official Journal: C283 16.11.2005, p.18

 

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