2 euro coins Portugal 2007, Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Portuguese commemorative 2 euro coins 2007 - Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

In 2007 Portugal issued an additional commemorative coin on the occasion of the rotating presidency of the EU, from July to December 2007.

Commemorative 2 euro coins from Portugal

Description: The inner part of the coin shows a cork oak (Quercus suber) taking up most of the coin's design; under the branches, on the left hand side, is the coat of arms of Portugal and on the right hand side the word PORTUGAL written over three lines. The inscription 2007 PRESIDÊNCIA DO CONSELHO DA UE is written in a semicircle along the bottom of the inner part, with the artist's signature on the right and the mint mark near the coat of arms. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.

Reverse: left from the coin centre face value: 2, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a map of Europe; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)

Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Date of issue:  FDI - 1 June 2007
                      FDC - 1 July 2007
Face value:      2 euro
Diameter:        25.75 mm
Thickness:       2.2 mm
Weight:            8.5 gr
Composition: BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass (75% copper - 20% zinc - 5% nickel)
Design: Irene Vilar is credited with the design of the Portuguese 2007 €2 Euro Commemorative coin.
Designer / Engraver Inscriptions: 'I. Vilar' First initial and last name signature of the designer.
€2 Edge Inscription: The Portuguese €2 coin edge inscription is comprised of seven castles and five shields.
Mint Location: Imprensa Nacional e Casa da Moeda (INCM) (National Currency Mint House), in Lisbon, Portugal
Mint Marks: Abbreviation of the Lisbon Mint: INCM.
Located at the lower left, inner circle, above the 7 o'clock star.
National Identification: Text: 'PORTUGAL'
Notes: This is the first €2 Commemorative Issue for Portugal.

Presidency of the Council of the European Union
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but rather the position is held by a national government. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the President of the European Union. The presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions.