Portuguese commemorative 2 euro coins - 2nd Lusophone Games
Description: The inner part of the coin shows a gymnast swirling a long ribbon. At the top, the Portuguese coat of arms appears within a semicircle formed by the inscription PORTUGAL. In a semicircle at the bottom the legend 2.os JOGOS DA LUSOFONIA LISBOA is inscribed between the initials INCM on the left and the artist's name J. AURÉLIO on the right. The year mark appears above the gymnast's head, to the left. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring of the coin (on a background of concentric circular lines).
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)
Design: José Aurélio is credited as the sculptor for the Portuguese 2009 €2 Euro Commemorative coin.
Designer/ Engraver Inscriptions: J. AURÉLIO - Mintmark: 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.
Legend: 2.os JOGOS DA LUSOFONIA LISBOA
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 left side, center, inner circle.
National Identification: Text: 'PORTUGAL'
Issuing volume: 1.25 million coins
Date of issue: 1 June 2009
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)
The image and identity of the Lisbon 2009 Lusophony Games were conveyed by its official logo and mascot. The logo represents an "athlete, celebrating victory with a multicoloured ribbon, following the motto 'Union stronger than Victory', in an appeal to fair-play and unity between the athletes". The mascot, representing a youthful humanized flame, is called "Xama" (after "chama", "flame" in English) and embodies the spirit of sport, the athlete's desire to surpass own limits, the "energy and vivacity" that give "body and soul in every heat".
The organization was awarded to Portugal during the 6th ACOLOP general assembly, gathered in Macau, on 10 October 2006. José Vicente de Moura, president of the Olympic Committee of Portugal and honorary president of the ACOLOP, is also the president of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 Lusophony Games (COJOL).
Countries participating in the 2009 Lusophony Games: Portugal (170 athletes), Macau, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, India, Sri Lanka (20 athletes), Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, São Tomé and Príncipe.
On 21 May 2007, during a meeting between the 2009 Games Organizing Committee (Portuguese: Comité Organizador dos Jogos da Lusofonia 2009, COJOL) and the ACOLOP (Associação dos Comités de Língua Oficial Portuguesa, English: Association of the Portuguese-Speaking Committees), a decision on which should be the ninth sport to be included in the competition program—out of a list that included badminton, canoeing, judo, swimming and roller hockey — was delayed due to insufficient survey data from some of the ACOLOP member committees. Later that year, on 12 November the ACOLOP general assembly, gathered in Lisbon, finally decided to add judo to the official program.
This edition thus featured nine sports—one more than in the inaugural games in 2006 — comprising 65 events. Three events for disabled athletes were included in the athletics competition, for a total of 68. One of those disabled athletics events is of demonstration nature and is not included in the medal ranking.
Athletics, Disabled athletics, Basketball, Beach volleyball, Football (men), Futsal (men), Judo, Table Tennis,