Description

Issue date: April 2019

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Milan Rastislav Štefánik. To the left of the portrait are the dates of Štefánik’s birth ‘1880’ and death ‘1919’, one above the other. At the left side of the inner part of the coin, in semi-circle, are the name ‘MILAN RASTISLAV ŠTEFÁNIK’ and the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’. The year of issuance ‘2019’ is between the portrait and the right side. Below the year are the stylised letters ‘PV’, the initials of the designer, Peter Valach, and below them is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880–1919) was a Slovak politician, diplomat and astronomer. During World War I, he served at the same time as a general in the French Army and as Minister of War for Czechoslovakia. As one of the leading members of the Czechoslovak National Council (the resistance government), he contributed decisively to the cause of Czechoslovakian sovereignty, since the status of Czech- and Slovak-populated territories was one of those in question until shortly before the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1918. Bratislava Airport (also called Bratislava-Ivanka) was named honorarily as M.R. Štefánik Airport.

His personal motto was "To Believe, To Love, To Work" (Veriť, milovať, pracovať).

SLOVENSKO
MILAN RASTISLAV ŠTEFÁNIK
1880
1919
2019 PV

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

Slovak Republic in Slovak with two stars and linden leaf between.

★ SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA ★

2 Euro

100th Anniversary of Death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik

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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
Kremnica Mint (MK)

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