• 2 Euro 2017, Cyprus, European Capital of Culture, Paphos 2017
  • 2 Euro 2017, Cyprus, European Capital of Culture, Paphos 2017
Description

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Preparing a European Capital of Culture can be an opportunity for the city to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban regeneration, change the city's image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale.

Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world's heritage for its spectacular ancient remains, and was selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2017.

This coin is the first Cypriot commemorative 2 Euro that is not part of a combined commemorative program.

Obverse

The design shows an ancient greek theater building in the center of the coin. Along the rim the inscriptions "Paphos 2017 - European Capital of Culture" and "Cyprus" (in Greek and Turkish).

Greek theater buildings were called a theatron ('seeing place'). The theaters were large, open-air structures constructed on the slopes of hills. They consisted of three principal elements: the orchestra, the skene, and the audience.

ΠAΦOΣ 2017 - ΠOΛITIΣTIKΗ ΠΡΩTΕΥOΥΣA TΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΠΗΣ
ΚΥΠΡΟΣ KIBRIS

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 ΕΥΡΩ 2 EURO" repeated twice (2 EURO in Greek and Turkish).

2 ΕΥΡΩ 2 EURO 2 ΕΥΡΩ 2 EURO

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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
Mint
Bank of Greece

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