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  • 10 Euro Cent 2008-2021, KM# 247, Italy
  • 10 Euro Cent 2008-2021, KM# 247, Italy
Description

On 7 June 2005, the European Council decided that the common side of the €0.10 to €2 coins should be brought up to date to reflect the enlargement of the EU in 2004. The €0.01, €0.02 and €0.05 coins show Europe in relation to the rest of the world, therefore they remained unchanged. In 2007, the new design was introduced. The design still retains all elements of the original designs but the map of the fifteen states is replaced by one showing the whole of Europe as a continent, without borders, to stress unity.

Obverse

Reproduction of a detail of Sandro Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' ('Nascita di Venere'), surrounded by the 12 stars of the European Union; on the left the overlapping letters 'R' and 'I' and date; on the right the letter 'R'; on the bottom left the author's initials 'CM'.

The 'Birth of Venus' is a painting by Sandro Botticelli generally thought to have been made in the mid 1480s. It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as an adult woman, arriving at the shore (which is related to the Venus Anadyomene motif). The painting is in the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Engraver: Claudia Momoni

2012
RI
R
CM

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the left side of the coin.

12 stars are located on the left 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 “0” in “10.”

10
LL
EURO
CENT

Edge

10 Euro Cent

2nd map
KM# 247 Schön# 289
Characteristics
Material Nordic Gold
Weight 4.1 g
Diameter 19.75 mm
Thickness 1.93 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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1st map

Nordic Gold, 4.1 g, ⌀ 19.75 mm