NBS puts into circulation a commemorative 2 euro coin
06. 11. 2009 | Information for Public
Národná banka Slovenska (NBS) announces that on 10 November 2009 (Tuesday) it will start to exchange the commemorative 2 euro coin issued with the inscription „17th November - Day of the Fight for Freedom and Democracy - 20th anniversary".
The national side of the euro coin - as a symbol of democracy - shows a stylized bell composed of a bunch of keys. The designer of the national side of the euro coin is Pavol Károly, and the Kremnica Mint, š.p. has minted one million of these coins.
In the event of interest the NBS will exchange valid euro banknotes and coins for the comemorative 2 euro coins, but to a limited extent, no more than 50 coins per one person. NBS will exchange the coins in the Head Office cash desks in Bratislava and in sub-branches in Nové Zámky, Trenčín, Banská Bystrica, Žilina, Poprad, Košice and Bratislava during working hours.
Each country of the euro area can also issue -in addition to coins in current circulation- collectors´ coins and commemorative coins in the nominal value of EUR 2. (two euros). Commemorative coins are valid tender in all countries of the euro area, while collectors´ coins are valid tender only in the territory of the member state which issued the coins.
The commemorative euro coin has the status of valid tender in the whole euro area, i.e. it can be used in a common payment system and has to be accepted like other euro coins.
Národná banka Slovenska placed its first commemorative 2 euro coin in circulation in January 2009 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Economic and Monetary Union. The design of this commemorative coin was common to all countries of the euro area and was issued by all countries of the euro area.
The United Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy. Italy proposed the year in 2003 during a meeting of the International Astronomical Union. It was later endorsed by UNESCO and approved by the UN Assembly in 2007. The celebration offers an opportunity to highlight and better appreciate the most important discoveries in astronomy. It will also focus on the key role astronomy has played throughout history as one of the oldest sciences found in almost all cultures, contributing to scientific education and also to growth in developing countries. The International Year of Astronomy coincides with the 400th anniversary of the first astronomical observation through a telescope by Galileo. The relationship between science and faith is a relevant theme for the year and the 2 euro coin features this dimension. The top right corner depicts The Creation of the Stars by Michelangelo, and the other corners show ancient and modern instruments used for astronomical observations.
18 November 2009
Nominal value: 2 Euro Version: B.U. Diameter: 25,75 mm Legal Weight: 8,50 g Sculptor: Orietta Rossi Engraver: Maria Carmela Colaneri Max. Mintage: 106,084 coins Mint: IPZS (Italy) Price: 14.00 Euro
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