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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