Monaco – 2 Euro UNC, 20 years membership of the United Nations, 2013

Monaco 2 euro commemorative coin 2013 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the admission to the United Nations, from 1993 to 2013.

The obverse of the coin depicts the world map and a dove carrying an olive branch, a symbol of peace since antiquity.

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San Marino – 5 Euro Silver PROOF, J.F. Kennedy, 2013

John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The 22nd of November 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of his death. He represented a deep change for the American political world. His speeches tackled with the most important issues of his Country; he carried out a strong battle against poverty and hunger and struggled to extend civil rights to Afro-American citizens. In the obverse of the coin the coat of arms of the Republic of San Marino. In the reverse of the coin, in foreground a portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in the background a piece of the American flag; on the left the years “1963 2013″; near the borders the inscriptions ICH BIN BERLINER J. F. KENNEDY I AM A BERLINER. Readily available – few pieces!

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Greece – 2 Euro, 2400 years anniversary of Plato’s Academy, 2013

Commemorative coin 2 Euro issued to celebrate the 2400 anniversary of the foundation of Plato’s Academy.

The Athenian philosopher Plato (427-347 BC) was the most distinguished disciple of Socrates and the one most credited with preserving the Socratic teachings for posterity in his Dialogues. Upon his return to Athens from a first journey to Italy in 387 BC he founded a philosophical school in the area of Academia (today’s Kolonos, Athens) named after the local hero  Academos.

For nearly 1000 years  (until 529 AD), the Academy enjoyed a reputation for excellence, building on and renewing the teaching of its founder. The ideas of the Academy were transmitted to the Arab world, and from there to Medieval Europe. The word academy and its derivatives are used today in nearly all languages for notions associated with higher learning, the scholarly community and prestigious cultural institutions.

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Greece – 2 Euro, 100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece, 2013

Commemorative coin 2 Euro issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the union of Crete with Greece.

The history and fate of the “Great Island” of Crete were always inextricably connected with those of mainland Greece. Strategically situated between Europe, Asia and Africa, Crete fell to a series of conquerors, from the Romans and the Saracens to the Venetians and the Ottomans.

Union with the modern Greek state was hard won by the Cretans after several violent uprisings, including the Cretan Revolt of 1866 marked by the self-sacrifice of hundreds of besieged at the Arcadi Monastery. After the revolt of 1897-98, the island was declared an autonomous ‘Cretan State’, with Prince George of Greece appointed its High Commissioner. Crete was formally integrated into Greece under the Treaty of London in 1913, after the Balkan Wars of 1912-13.

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San Marino – 2 Euro, 500th Anniversary of the Death of Pinturicchio, 2013

Bernardino di Betto, called Pinturicchio (1454–1513) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance. He acquired his nickname, Pintoricchio (little painter), because of his small stature, and he used it to sign some of his works.

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