Description

The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city (the other was in 1974 in West Germany), and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

Italy won the tournament, claiming their fourth World Cup title, defeating France 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Germany defeated Portugal 3–1 to finish in third place. Angola, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Trinidad and Tobago and Togo made their first appearances in the finals.

Artist: Roberto Mauri

Obverse

Depicts an ellipsoidal world globe with a soccer ball on the far east. Legend around the globe. Name of the engraver below.

2006 FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY TM
mauri

Reverse

Depicts a drummer (drawn from intaglio prints of the 17th century) of the procession of the historical football of the City of Florence in his original costume, behind the fleur-de-lys (symbol of the City). Value and mintmark are at the right of the drummer, while the date is below; at the left is another fleur-de-lys.

REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
20
euro
R
2006
CALCIO STORICO FIORENTINO

Edge

20 Euro

KM# 287 Fr# 1556
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.900
Weight 6.451 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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