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  • 2 Euro 2021, Italy, Health Care Professions
  • 2 Euro 2021, Italy, Health Care Professions

The COVID-19 pandemic in Italy is part of the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was first confirmed to have spread to Italy on 31 January 2020 and by the beginning of March, the virus had spread to all regions of Italy. The pandemic outbreak heightened the pressure on the Italian healthcare system.

In order to deal with the numbers of COVID-19 patients, intensive care units were expanded, and new hospitals were created. The workforce of the healthcare system underwent massive reorganisation. Paediatricians were assigned to adult patients and as a result, their insurance coverage had to be adapted. Retired professionals were asked to go back to work to fill the vacancies, despite the high risk for their age group. At the peak of the pandemics, volunteers from the rest of the country were sent to hospitals in critical areas of northern and central Italy.

Healthcare workers were also affected by coronavirus infections, with a higher percentage of the infected healthcare workers being women because of their predominance among nurses. This resulted in death in a considerable number of cases, especially amongst general practitioners.


Depicts figures of a man and a woman from health care stand out, equipped with masks, stethoscope and medical record, as representatives of all health professionals dedicated to the fight against COVID-19. Above, the words THANKS in Italian, flanked on the right by the outline of a heart, and on the left by a medical cross. In the centre are the initials "RI", an acronym for the Italian Republic, on the right, "R", identification of the Mint of Rome and on the bottom left, "CM", initials of the author Claudia Momoni. In exergue, the year of issue. The twelve stars of the European flag are shown on the outer coin ring.



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.”



The sequence "2 ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted

2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★

2 Euro

Health Care Professions

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
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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