Obverse. Photo © Historia Hamburg
  • 2 Euro 2005, KM# 374, Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day, Cologne 2005
  • 2 Euro 2005, KM# 374, Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day, Cologne 2005
  • 2 Euro 2005, KM# 374, Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day, Cologne 2005, Folder
Description

World Youth Day (WYD) is an event for young people organized every three (or sometimes, two) years by the Catholic Church. World Youth Day was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

The host city of World Youth Day 2005 was Cologne, Germany. The events were scheduled to be held from August 16–21, 2005. It was the first World Youth Day and foreign trip of Pope Benedict XVI, who joined the festival on August 18.

Obverse

Depicts the Cologne Cathedral and a comet passing by above it. The inscription XX World Youth Day is written in the upper part of the centre, separated by the tail of the comet and two of the cathedral's spires, one of which extends into the outer ring. The outer ring contains the inscription Vatican City in the lower half and the twelve stars of the European Union in the upper half, with the year mark and the mint mark (R) separating them in the top centre.

Designer: Daniela Longo
Engraver: Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini (ELF, INC is the Italian abbreviation for 'engraver')

R
2005
XX GIORNATA MONDIALE DELLA GIOVENTÙ
LONGO ELF INC.
CITTÀ DEL VATICANO

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

KM# 374 Schön# 373
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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