Italian euro coins

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Italian euro coins all have a design unique to each coin, though there is a common theme of famous Italian works of art from one of Italy's renowned artists. Each coin is designed by a different designer, from the 1 cent to the 2 euro coin they are: Eugenio Driutti, Luciana De Simoni, Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini, Claudia Momoni, Maria Angela Cassol, Roberto Mauri, Laura Cretara and Maria Carmela Colaneri. All designs feature the 12 stars of the EU, the year of imprint and the overlapping letters "RI" for Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic). There are no Italian euro coins dated earlier than 2002, even if they were imprinted earlier for sure, as they were first distributed to the public in December 2001.

The choice of the design of the coins was left to the Italian public by means of a TV broadcast where alternative designs were presented, letting the people vote by calling a certain telephone number. However, the 1-euro coin was missing in this "election", because Economy minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi had already decided it would sport the Vitruvian man of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's work is highly symbolical as it represents the Renaissance focus on man as the measure of all things, and has simultaneously a round shape that fits the coin perfectly. As minister Ciampi observed, this represents the "coin to the service of Man", instead of Man to the service of money.

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see Euro coins.

Depiction of Italian euro coinage | Obverse side
€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
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The Castel del Monte, a
13th century castle in Apulia
Mole Antonelliana, a tower
symbolising the city of Turin
The Colosseum in Rome,
famous Roman amphitheatre
€ 0.10
€ 0.20
€ 0.50
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The Birth of Venus by
painter Sandro Botticelli
The futurist sculpture Unique
Forms of Continuity in
Space
by Umberto Boccioni
The equestrian statue of the
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
€ 1.00
€ 2.00
€ 2 Coin Edge
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Missing image
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The edge lettering features
the number "2" six times
alternated with ** for a
total of 12 stars
Vitruvian Man, drawing
by Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait of Dante Alighieri by
painter Raphael
 


Types of Euro coins
Eurozone: Austria | Belgium | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Ireland | Italy | Luxembourg | Netherlands | Portugal | Spain</small>
New EU countries: Estonia | Lithuania | Slovakia
Other: Monaco | San Marino | Vatican

External links

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