• 2 Euro 2005, KM# 87, Luxembourg, Henri, 50th Anniversary of Birth of Grand Duke Henri
  • 2 Euro 2005, KM# 87, Luxembourg, Henri, 50th Anniversary of Birth of Grand Duke Henri
Description

The coin commemorates the 50th birthday of Grand Duke Henri, 5th anniversary of his accession to the throne and 100th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Adolphe.

Henri (born 16 April 1955) is the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg, reigning since 7 October 2000. He is the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, and a first cousin of the current King of the Belgians, Philippe.

Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Duke of Nassau (Adolf Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich) (1817–1905) was the first monarch of Luxembourg from the House of Nassau-Weilburg.

Obverse

In the centre, the effigies of the Grand Dukes Henri and Adolphe are displayed, with Henri's superimposed on Adolphe's. The inscription "Grand Duke of Luxembourg" appears above the effigies, while the inscriptions HENRI *1955 (date of the birth) and ADOLPHE †1905 (date of the death) are written below the respective effigies.

The outer ring of the coin contains the twelve stars of the European Union, placed between the letters of the word Luxembourg and the year mark, which is centred below the effigies positioned between S (for Suomi) on the left and the mint mark of the Mint of Finland on the right.

In 2008 the Central Bank of Luxembourg issued a numismatic collection consisting of six Proof commemorative coins of 2004-2008. They were minted in the Paris Mint and the year 2005 surrounded by the mint mark on the left (Cornucopia) and the mint director Hubert Larivière's mark on the right (Hunting horn, a wave and a fish).

Engravers: Patrice Bernabei, Thomas Jules Vincotte, Yvette Gastauer-Claire

L ★ Ë ★ T ★ Z ★ E ★ B ★ U ★ E ★ R ★ G ★
S ★ 20 ★ 05 ★
- GRANDS-DUCS DE LUXEMBOURG -
HENRI *1955
ADOLPHE †1905

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2 ★ ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.

2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★

2 Euro

50th Anniversary of Birth of Grand Duke Henri

KM# 87 Schön# 79
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Mint of Finland (S)
Paris Mint (F)

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