In Italy, the euro coin designs were subject to scrutiny by a national technical
and artistic committee before being presented to the nation on RAI UNO, Italy's
largest national television station. A different design has been selected for
each denomination, chosen from masterpieces by Italy's famous artists.
Depicted on this coin is a portrait drawn by Raphaël of Dante Alighieri, housed in the Pope Julius II Wing of the Vatican City Palace. Edge lettering of the €2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
This coin shows
the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, displayed in the gallery of the
Academy in Venice, illustrating the ideal proportions of the human body.
The statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback is the main feature on this coin.
Portrayed on this coin is a sculpture by Umberto Boccioni, leader of the Italian futurist school.
This coin commemorates
one of the greatest triumphs in Italian art. It shows one of
the most famous works in the world, the "Birth of Venus" by Sandro
This design features the Flavius amphitheatre, which Emperor Vespasian began building around 75 AD and Emperor Titus inaugurated in 80 AD.
This coin shows the Mole
Antonelliana, a tower designed in 1863 by Alessandro Antonelli.