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Commemorative coins 2010

Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2010

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Belgium

This 2 euro commemorative coin to be issued by Belgium celebrates the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2010.
Issuing volume: 5 million coins
Official Journal: C 137 27.05.2010, p. 27

 

Bremen

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Germany

This is the fifth coin in the series of the German federal states ('Bundesländer'), launched in 2006. It features Bremen's town hall, with the Bremen Roland statue in the foreground. The statue was erected in 1404 and represents Charlemagne's knight Roland bearing Durendart, the "sword of justice".

Issuing volume: 30 million coins
Official Journal: C012 19.01.2010, p. 5

 

2.500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon

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Greece

The coin commemorates the 2.500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. The centre of the coin shows a synthesis of a shield and a runner/warrior symbolizing the battle for freedom and the noble ideals derived from the battle of Marathon. The bird on the shield symbolizes the birth of western civilization in its present form. 
Issuing volume: 2.5 million coins
Official Journal: C270 06.10.2010, p.6

 

Cordoba's historic centre – UNESCO World Heritage series

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Spain

The coin commemorates the first Spanish site – the historical centre of Cordoba – to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984. It portrays the ‘forest of pillars' of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, one of the greatest and oldest examples of Islamic art in Europe. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, the Mosque was later consecrated as a Christian cathedral and underwent successive transformations. The coin is the first in a new series dedicated to the Spanish sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, which will be issued every year starting in 2010.

Issuing volume: 8 million
Official Journal: C047 25.02.2010, p. 22

 

70th anniversary of the appeal of 18 June

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France

The coin commemorates the 70th anniversary of the appeal (“Appel du 18 Juin”) made by General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces, on the BBC in London on 18 June 1940. Following the fall of France, De Gaulle spoke to the French people declaring that the war was not yet over. The speech is the origin of the French Resistance against the occupation during World War II.

Issuing volume: 20 million coins
Official Journal: C 137 27.05.2010, p. 25

 

200th anniversary of Cavour's birth

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Italy

The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810-1861), a key figure in the Italian unification and founder of the Italian Liberal Party and the political newspaper Il Risorgimento. It features Cavour's portrait executed by Francesco Hayez in 1864.

Issuing volume: 4 million coins

Official Journal: C62 13.03.2010, p.2

 

Grand-Duke's coat of arms

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Luxembourg

The coin features the effigy of His Royal Highness Grand-Duke Henri together with his coat of arms, showing the Luxembourg and Nassau lions.

Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Official Journal: C311 19.12.2009, p. 15

 

100th anniversary of the Portuguese Republic

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Portugal

The coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the constitutional monarchy of King Manuel II and the establishment of the Portuguese First Republic further to the 5 October 1910 revolution.

Issuing volume: 2 035 000 million coins
Official Journal: C137 27.05.2010, p.26

 

Ljubljana's Botanical Garden

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Slovenia

The coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Botanical Garden in Ljubljana, the oldest scientific and cultural institution in Slovenia. The inner part of the coin depicts the ‘hladnikia’ (Hladnikia pastinacifolia), a rare plant endemic to Slovenia which is named after Franc Hladnik, its discoverer and the founder of Ljubljana's Botanical Garden (date of issue: May 2010).

Issuing volume: 1 million
Official Journal:
C311 19.12.2009, p. 14 

Currency Decree of 1860 granting Finland the right to issue banknotes and coins

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Finland

The design shows a stylised lion figure from the coat of arms of Finland on the left side and a set of numbers on the right side symbolising coin values. At the bottom it shows the indication of the issuing country reference ’FI’.
Official Journal: C256 23.09.2010, p.4

 

500th anniversary of the death of Sandro Botticelli

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San Marino

The coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of the Italian painter of the Florentine school Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (1445 – 1510), better known as Sandro Botticelli or Il Botticello "The Little Barrel".
Issuing volume: 130 000 coins
Official Journal: C212 5.08.2010, p. 2

 

Year for Priests

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Vatican City

The coin marks the Year for Priests, declared by Pope Benedict XVI for the period of 19 June 2009 to 19 June 2010 and concluding with an international gathering of priests with the pope. The coin features a shepherd drawing a lamb from a lion’s mouth.
Issuing volume: 115 000 coins
Official Journal: C212 5.08.10, p. 3

 

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