Vatican commemorative 2 euro coins 2009 - International Year of Astronomy
Commemorative 2 euro coins from Vatican
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: Orietta Rossi is credited with the design and Maria Carmela Colaneri is credited as the engraver for the Vatican 2009 €2 Euro Commemorative coin.
Designer / Engraver Inscriptions: 'O. ROSSI' First initial and last name of the designer: 'M.C.C. INC.' (INC. is the Italian abbreviation for 'engraver') Initials of the engraver.
Issuing volume: 106,084 coins
Date of issue: October 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)
€2 Edge Inscription: The Vatican €2 coin edge inscription is '2', followed by one star, repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.
Mint Location: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) (State Printing Office and Mint), in Rome, Italy.
Mint Marks: Mintmark of the Rome mint: the letter 'R'. Located to the bottom left of center, inner circle.
National Identification: Text: CITTÀ DEL VATICANO - Local long form of Vatican City.
The IAU coordinated the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. This initiative was an opportunity for the citizens of Earth to gain a deeper insight into astronomy’s role in enriching all human cultures. Moreover, served as a platform for informing the public about the latest astronomical discoveries while emphasizing the essential role of astronomy in science education. IYA2009 was sponsored by Celestron and Thales Alenia Space.