Italy – 2 Euro, SAN MARCO VENEZIA, 2017 (proof)

san-marco-2-euro-2017_2Italy, 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to 400 Years of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Proof quality, mintage 8,000 coins.

Saint Mark’s Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello.

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San Marino – 2 Euro, Tourism for Development, 2017

2e san marino 2017San Marino, 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” – year 2017

The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The idea of sustainable Tourism indicates a kind of travelling that respects the planet, it doesn’t alter the natural, social and artistic environment and it doesn’t inhibit the growth of social and economic activities. It is a kind of tourism opposite to mass tourism and it tends to promote the weakest economies.

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Greece – 2 Euro, Archeological site of Philippi, 2017 (proof)

Greece – 2 Euro, Archeological site of Philippi, 2017 (proof)

greece-2-euro-2017-philippi-proof_1Philippi was a city in eastern Macedonia, in the Edonis region. Its original name was Crenides after its establishment by Thasian colonists in 360/359 BC. The city was renamed by Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest. The present municipality, Filippoi, is located near the ruins of the ancient city and is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace in Kavalla, Greece. It was made a World Heritage Site in 2016.

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France – 50 Euro gold, VENUS OF MILO (GREECE), 2017

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france-50-euro-gold-venus-of-milo-2017Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) 2017, 50 Euro gold coin proof. Au 999/1000, diametre 22mm, weight 7,78g.

Mintage: 500

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, the statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high. Part of an arm and the original plinth were lost following its discovery. From an inscription that was on its plinth, the statue is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; earlier, it was mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered.

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Australia – Silver coin BU 1 oz, Year of the Dog, 2018

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. The dog is the eleventh animal in the Chinese calendar. These Australian Silver Lunar coins elebrate the Chinese lunar calendar. According to the lunar calendar, each of these 12 animals has a profound influence over those born under its year of “rule”.
People born under the influence of the dog are said to be good-natured, loyal, kind, and sincere. Fiercely loyal to those that they love, the dog will do anything for friends and family. They value honour, respect tradition and enjoy helping people.
Those with year of birth 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 belong to the year of the dog. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the 2018 date, precious metal content, and monetary denomination.

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