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Coins of ItalyItaly
In Italy, the euro coin designs were subject to scrutiny by a national technical and artistic committee before being presented to the nation on RAI UNO, Italy's largest national television station. A different design has been selected for each denomination, chosen from masterpieces by Italy's famous artists.
Depicted on ˆ2 coin is a portrait drawn by Raphael of Dante Alighieri, housed in the Pope Julius II Wing of the Vatican City Palace. Edge lettering of the ˆ2 coin: 2*, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
ˆ1 coin shows the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, displayed in the gallery of the Academy in Venice, illustrating the ideal proportions of the human body.
The statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback is the main feature on 50-cent coin.
Portrayed on 20-cent coin is a sculpture by Umberto Boccioni, leader of the Italian futurist school.
10-cent coin commemorates one of the greatest triumphs in Italian art. It shows one of the most famous works in the world, the «Birth of Venus» by Sandro Botticelli.
5-cent design features the Flavius amphitheatre, which Emperor Vespasian began building around 75 AD and Emperor Titus inaugurated in 80 AD.
2-cent coin shows the Mole Antonelliana, a tower designed in 1863 by Alessandro Antonelli.
The Castel del Monte appears on 1-cent coin.
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