Navigation path

Commemorative coins 2009

Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

Click here to enlarge the image

All euro-area countries

The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU translated into the national language(s) appear at the bottom.

Issuing volume: 84 085 000 million coins
Official Journal: C315 10.12.2008, p.8

 

Grand-Duke Henri and Grand-Duchess Charlotte

Click here to enlarge the image

Luxembourg

The coin depicts, on the left-hand side, the effigy of His Royal Highness, the Grand-Duke Henri superimposed on the effigy of the Grand-Duchess Charlotte, both looking to the left. The name of the issuing country LËTZEBUERG (Luxembourg) is aligned vertically with the year 2009.

Issuing volume: 1.4 million coins
Official Journal: C005 10.01.2009, p.2

 

European Year of Creativity and Innovation

Click here to enlarge the image

San Marino

The coin was issued on the occasion of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, launched by the European Commission. The inner part of the coin depicts objects representing scientific research: a book, a compass, a test tube and a flask. On the left are the three emblematic feathers of the Republic of San Marino.

Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Official Journal: C116 21.05.2009, p. 20

 

2nd Lusophone Games

Click here to enlarge the image

Portugal

The coin was issued on the occasion of the 2nd Lusophone Games (2.os Jogos da Lusophonia, Lisbon, 11-19 July 2009) with the participation of twelve Portuguese-speaking countries. The inner part of the coin depicts a gymnast swirling a long ribbon. At the top, the Portuguese coat of arms appears within a semi-circle formed by the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’.

Issuing volume: 1.25 million coins
Official Journal: C116 21.05.2009, p. 19

 

Saarland

Click here to enlarge the image

Germany

The inner part of the coin depicts the Ludwigskirche (church of Ludwig von Nassau) in Saarbrücken, a baroque style church which is the symbol of the city and one of the most important Protestant churches in Germany. The name of the federal State ‘SAARLAND’ and the mintmark appear under the monument. This is the fourth coin in the series dedicated to the German federal states (Bundesländer), launched in 2006.

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Official Journal: C031 07.02.2009, p.5

 

200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birth

Click here to enlarge the image

Belgium

The coin features a portrait of Louis Braille, the inventor of braille, a world-wide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing.

Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Official Journal: C 196 20.08.2009, p. 6

 

200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birth

Click here to enlarge the image

Italy

The coin features a hand with the fingers passing over a book's pages, symbolising braille, the reading and writing system invented by Louis Braille for blind and visually impaired people.

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Official Journal: C 196 20.08.2009, p. 8

 

20th anniversary of the “Day of fight for freedom and democracy”

Click here to enlarge the image

Slovakia

This coin commemorates the 20th anniversary of the peaceful student demonstration which took place in Prague on 17 November 1989 and was severely repressed by police. Demonstrations spread to other cities and heralded the end of the soviet era two years later.

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Official Journal: C196 20.08.2009, p.7

 

International Year of Astronomy

Click here to enlarge the image

Vatican City

This coin was issued on the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy. The inner part of the coin depicts an allegory of the birth of the stars and planets together with several astronomical instruments. The design is inspired by Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

Issuing volume: 106 084 coins
Official Journal: C204 29.08.2009, p. 9

 

200th anniversary of the first Diet of Finland

Click here to enlarge the image

Finland

The coin commemorates the Porvoo Diet of 1809, which gave birth to the Grand Duchy of Finland and was the beginning of the autonomous government. The coin depicts the cathedral of Porvoo, where the opening ceremony took place in connection with a religious festivity.

Issuing volume: 1.6 million coins
Official Journal:
C227 22.09.2009, p.4 

Additional tools

  • Print version 
  • Decrease text 
  • Increase text