Brussels, 22 March 2007
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the European Union, euro-area countries will all issue this week a €2 coin showing the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome where the Treaty of Rome was signed on 25 March 1957. This is the first time a coin will be issued by all euro-area members to commemorate the same event. It is thus the first time that a €2 coin with a common design on both sides will circulate throughout the euro area.
"The European Union has brought us closer together to live in peace, democracy and to share one of the world's highest living standards. The euro is a potent symbol of the EU's ever growing strength and progressive integration", said Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs.
In total, the 13 euro-area countries will issue close to 90 million €2 coins, starting this week, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the European Union. The coin represents an open book – the Treaty – on a background of the paving of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where the Treaty was signed on 25 March 1957. The paving of the famous Piazza was designed by Michelangelo.
It will be the first time all euro-area countries have issued a €2 coin with the same design to commemorate the same event. Previously, since 2004, a number of commemorative coins have been issued by individual countries. Greece marked this way the organisation, in Athens, of the 2004 Olympic Games. Spain issued one in 2005 to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the 1st edition of Don Quixote de La Mancha and Finland issued one in 2006 to mark the 100th anniversary of universal and equal suffrage for men and women. Commemorative coins always have a value of €2 and are destined for circulation in the whole euro area, although they are often the subject of keen interest from coin collectors.
The €2 Treaty of Rome commemorative coin is based on the same design in all euro-area countries. Apart from details like mint marks, edge lettering etc, the country of issue will be identifiable only through the translation of the words 'Treaty of Rome – 50 years' at the top, 'Europe' in the centre and the name of the issuing country in the lower part of the coin.
This is the first issue of a coin bearing a common design on the national side. Normal euro coins have a common European side indicating their value and bearing a stylised map of Europe, which is the same for all countries, and a national side bearing a design specific to that country, for example the reigning monarch or a national symbol or personality, surrounded by the 12 stars of the European flag.
To see the Treaty of Rome commemorative coin, find out about the quantities issued by each country or see previous commemorative coins see the Commission's website on the euro at: