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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.
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."
ANNO EUROPEO DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE
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.
The sequence "2 ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.
2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★