7.6.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 192/28


New national side of euro coins intended for circulation

(2019/C 192/12)

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National side of the new commemorative 2-euro coin intended for circulation and issued by the Vatican City State

Euro coins intended for circulation have legal tender status throughout the euro area. For the purpose of informing the public and all parties who handle the coins, the Commission publishes a description of the designs of all new coins (1). In accordance with the Council conclusions of 10 February 2009 (2), euro-area Member States and countries that have concluded a monetary agreement with the European Union providing for the issuing of euro coins are allowed to issue commemorative euro coins intended for circulation, provided that certain conditions are met, particularly that only the 2-euro denomination is used. These coins have the same technical characteristics as other 2-euro coins, but their national face features a commemorative design that is highly symbolic in national or European terms.

Issuing country : The Vatican City State

Subject of commemoration : 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican City State

Description of the design : The design features a portrait of Pope Pius XI (Sovereign of the State in 1929) and the Lateran in Rome. At the top, from left to right, in semi-circle is the inscription of the issuing country ‘STATO DELLA CITTÀ DEL VATICANO’. At the bottom are the years ‘1929’ and ‘2019’ and underneath the name of the artist ‘FUSCO’.

The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

Number of coins to be issued :

91 000

Date of issue :

4 March 2019

(1)  See OJ C 373, 28.12.2001, p. 1 for the national faces of all the coins issued in 2002.

(2)  See the conclusions of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 10 February 2009 and the Commission Recommendation of 19 December 2008 on common guidelines for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation (OJ L 9, 14.1.2009, p. 52).