• 2 Euro 2011, KM# 293, Germany, Federal Republic, German Federal States, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2 Euro 2011, KM# 293, Germany, Federal Republic, German Federal States, North Rhine-Westphalia
Description

The commemorative coin series "Die 16 Bundesländer der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (The 16 States of the Federal Republic of Germany). The year in which the coin for a specific state is issued coincides with that state's Presidency of the Bundesrat.

The Land of North Rhine-Westphalia came into being as part of the new restructuring in Europe after the Second World War. It is located in the central western part of Germany and with more than 18 million people its largest federal state by population. NRW (abbr.) shares international borders with Belgium and The Netherlands in west and borders within Germany the states of Lower Saxony in north, Hessen in south east and Rhineland Palatinate in south. Its capital is Düsseldorf. Four of Germany's ten biggest cities—Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Essen—are located within the state, as well as the biggest metropolitan area on the European continent, Rhine-Ruhr.

Obverse

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 157 m (515 ft) tall.

Engraver: Heinz Hoyer (HH).

D
F
HH
NORDRHEIN-
WESTFALEN
20 11

Reverse

A map, next to the facial value, shows the gathering of the fifteen states of the European Union.

Engraver: Luc Luycx (LL).

2 EURO
LL

Edge

UNITY AND JUSTICE AND FREEDOM in German, Germany's national motto and the beginning of Germany's national anthem, followed by the Federal Eagle.

EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT

2 Euro

KM# 293 Jaeger# 558 Schön# 287
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center -
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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