San Marino – 2 Euro, Donato Bramante, 2014

Coin dedicated to 500th Anniversary of the Death of Donato “Donnino” di Angelo di Pascuccio, Brilliant Uncirculated. Donato Bramante (1444 – 11 March 1514) was an Italian architect, who introduced Renaissance architecture to Milan and the High Renaissance style to Rome, where his plan for St. Peter’s Basilica formed the basis of design executed by Michelangelo. His Tempietto (San Pietro in Montorio) marked the beginning of the High Renaissance in Rome (1502) when Alexander VI appointed him to build a sanctuary that allegedly marked the spot where Peter was crucified.

Malta – 2 Euro, 50 Years of Independence, 2014

Malta celebrates 50 years of Independence. A former British colony and naval base for the British army, Malta sought independence from the Queen following a democratic vote in the Maltese Parliament in 1962. This process led to the British Empire releasing it’s Mediterranean stronghold and granting the Maltese islands their state of independence on the 21st September, 1964. This year (2014) the islands celebrate 50 years of Independence with a string of events organised by the National Festivities Committee.

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Portugal – 2 Euro, the Carnation Revolution, 2014

The Carnation Revolution was a military coup in Lisbon, Portugal on 25 April 1974 which overthrew the regime of dictatorship. The revolution started as a military coup organized by the Movimento das Forcas Armadas (Armed Forces Movement), composed of military officers who opposed the regime, but the movement was soon coupled with an unanticipated and popular campaign of civil resistance. This movement would lead to the fall of the dictatorship and the withdrawal of Portugal from its African colonies. The name “Carnation Revolution” comes from the fact no shots were fired and when the population took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship and war in the colonies, carnation flowers were put into the muzzles of rifles and on the uniforms of the army. The Portuguese celebrate the national holiday of Freedom Day on 25 April every year to celebrate the revolution.

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Italy – 2 Euro BU, 200 years Carabinieri, 2014 (in blister)

In 1814 Vittorio Emanuele I, King of Piedmont and Sardinia, established the Corps of the Carabinieri Reali, with the task of protecting public order. Since then the Carabinieri, an Italian excellence, have played a special role in the collective imagination of the Italian people, going along with them through all the steps of their national history. Thanks to its centuries-old history, today this Corps is a military and police force with cutting edge methods and technologies, thus representing one of the most appreciated Italian organizations in the world.

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