The year 2020 was marked by the global health crisis related to covid-19. The obverse of the coin represents the figuration of the human in union, represented by a face inscribed in a sphere. It faces the infinitely small, represented by fragments of DNA inscribed in a circle. By its oblique axis, this allegory represents the research and its intelligence dominating the infinitely small; studying it and triumphing over the diseases. Monnaie de Paris has developed 3 blister packs that bring out the main feelings that emerge from this crisis, the blisters “UNION”, “HEROS” and MERCI.
Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 – 1441) was a Flemish painter active in Bruges. He is one of the early innovators of what became known as Early Netherlandish painting, and one of the most significant representatives of Early Northern Renaissance art. The surviving records of his early life indicate that he was born around 1380–1390, most likely in Maaseik (then Maaseyck, hence his name), in present day Belgium.
VATICAN 2 EURO COMMEMORATIVE COIN 2020: Centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II. Karol Wojtyla was born on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. Elected pope on 16 October 1978, he governed the Catholic Church until his death on 2 April 2005. John Paul II was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 1 May 2011 and canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014. The coin, designed by Gabriella Titotto, features a strong portrait of Saint John Paul II, with the Cathedral of Wadowice (the Minor Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) where he was baptized and on the right the house where he was born.
Belgium, 2 euro commemorative coin 2020, International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Plant health is increasingly under threat. Climate change and human activities have altered ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and creating new niches where pests can thrive. At the same time, international travel and trade, which have tripled in volume in the last decade, can quickly spread pests and diseases around the world, causing great damage to native plants and the environment. To draw attention to these problem the UN declared 2020 to be the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Max. mintage: 150,000