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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San Marino – Official BU Set 2014

The brilliant uncirculated divisional coin set 2014 contains 8 coins (from 1 cent until a 2 euro). The outer packaging shows two architectural elements of the oldest Republic in the world, the Government Building and the Basilica of San Marino. A suggestive and emblematic aerial picture depicts the Government Building, base of the main institutional bodies, sited in the same place of the ancient “Domus Magna Comunis”, built between 1380 and 1392 and pulled down at the end of the nineteenth century. In its nearby the Domus Plebis square with the neoclassical Basilica, where a part of the relics of Saint Marino are kept. Marino founded the community of San Marino in 301 a. C. and took refuge on the mount Titano in order to escape with other Christians from Diocleziano’s persecutions. The packaging is completed by the technical data of the coins and another symbolic picture: the First Tower, also named Rocca or Guaita, encircled by a double wall where people sheltered during the sieges. Built directly on the stone of the Mount without any foundation, the Tower dates back to the tenth century. The packaging of the brilliant uncirculated divisional coin set shows a panoramic view of the City Centre of San Marino and the Mount Titano registered by UNESCO on the List of the World Heritage since 2008. Maximum mintage: 15,000 complete sets.

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Vatican – Bronze Medal, John XXIII, J. Paul II, 2014

On 27 April 2014 His Holiness Pope Francis will proclaim Saints his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II. It will mark a special moment of joy and prayer for the faithful around the world who will gather in St. Peter’s Square, but also the start of a journey to eternal glory celebrated by the Catholic Church.

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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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