• 2 Euro 2021, Vatican City, Pope Francis, 700th Anniversary of Death of Dante Alighieri
  • 2 Euro 2021, Vatican City, Pope Francis, 700th Anniversary of Death of Dante Alighieri
Description

Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante (c. 1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

Dante has been called "the Father of the Italian language" and one of the greatest poets of world literature. In Italy, Dante is often referred to as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") and il Poeta.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Dante Alighieri, inspired by a painting by Sandro Botticelli, in a three-quarter profile to the right, below the engraver's name and the Palazzo Vecchio. Dante's signature and the dates below. The state name above. The outer ring contains the twelve stars of the European Union.

The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, Italy. It has been the seat of the Florentine government for centuries, and today it’s a museum, full of charm and surprises. One of these surprises is Dante’s death mask, quietly guarded in a small glass display case. The mask isn’t authentic. Meaning that it wasn’t made from the face of the deceased Dante.

Engraver: Patrizio Daniele

CITTA’ DEL VATICANO
Dante
P. DANIELE
1321-2021

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 ★

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material 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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