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  • 5 Euro Cent 2002-2023, KM# 212, Italy
  • 5 Euro Cent 2002-2023, KM# 212, Italy

Reproduction of the Coliseum in Rome, surrounded by the 12 stars of the European Union; on the upper left letter 'R'; on the upper right the overlapping letters 'R' and 'I'; on the bottom 2002, and the engraver's initials 'ELF'.

The Colosseum or Coliseum (also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre), is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles (for only a short time as the hypogeum was soon filled in with mechanisms to support the other activities), animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

Engraver: Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini



A globe, next to the facial value, shows Europe in relation to Africa and Asia.

Engraver: Luc Luycx



5 Euro Cent

KM# 212 Schön# 230
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Material Copper Plated Steel
Weight 3.92 g
Diameter 21.25 mm
Thickness 1.67 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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