Description

The coin dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Every year, the European Union chooses to address a subject in order to encourage debate and dialogue within and between member states. Raising the awareness of European citizens to a specific problem.

2018 has been designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage. There are four main themes: Engagement – Sustainability – Protection. The aim of the year is to encourage more people to discover and explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.

Obverse

Depicts the statue of Laocoön and His Sons, also called the Laocoön Group (Italian: Gruppo del Laocoonte), has been one of the most famous ancient sculptures ever since it was excavated in Rome in 1506 and placed on public display in the Vatican, where it remains. It is very likely the same statue as that praised in the highest terms by the main Roman writer on art, Pliny the Elder. The figures are near life-size and the group is a little over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in height, showing the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being attacked by giant serpents sent by the gods. Virgil gives Laocoön the famous line "Do not trust the Horse, Trojans / Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts." This line is the source of the saying: "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts."

The group has been "the prototypical icon of human agony" in Western art, and unlike the agony often depicted in Christian art showing the Passion of Jesus and martyrs, this suffering has no redemptive power or reward. The suffering is shown through the contorted expressions of the faces, which are matched by the struggling bodies, especially that of Laocoön himself, with every part of his body straining.

The inscription "European Year of Cultural Heritage", date of the issue and state name, as well as twelve stars of the European Union, surround the statue.

Artist: Daniela Longo
Engraver: Claudia Momoni (C.M.Inc.)

ANNO EUROPEO DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE
2018
R
C.M.Inc.
Citta' del
VATICANO
D. LONGO

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

European Year of Cultural Heritage

KM#
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Nickel Brass
Center Cupronickel
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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