Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union, Coin from Austria - detailed information

Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union, Coin from Austria
CoinTwo Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union

The Two Euro coin (€2.00) is a circulating bi-metallic coin made of two alloys: the inner part of nickel brass, the outer part of copper-nickel. Like all the common circulation coins (from 1 cent to €2), the denomination is issued by the separate countries in the Eurozone and is legal tender in all of them, irrespective of which country has issued it. The denomination was introduced in 2002, when Austria retired the Austrian Schilling currency and introduced the Euro.

The coins have a common reverse designed by Luc Luycx in 1999 which shows a map of the European Union; it was changed in 2007 to reflect the enlargement of the Union. Each country has its own national obverse; the Austrian regular obverse features a portrait of Bertha von Suttner.

The €2 is also the only denomination in which circulating commemorative Euro coins are issued; these are also legal tender in all countries of the Eurozone, no matter which country issued them; commemoratives of other denominations are only legal tender in the issuing country. The number of commemorative coins is limited to two (before 2012 to one) per country per year (in addition to any common issue) and to 5 percent of the total mintage output. Given that the reverse is fixed, the commemorative designs are always on the obverse.

This coin commemorates the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 1999, which lead to the introduction of the Euro as a common currency of the countries in the Eurozone. It is part of a joint commemorative by 16 members states, where each country issued a €2 coin with the same design but with national texts.

The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the sculptor appear below the euro symbol. The name of the issuing country in the national language appears at the top, while the indication 1999 - 2009 and the acronym EMU translated into the national language appear at the bottom. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.

Austrian Two Euro coins issued in 2009 have now been in circulation for 13 years.

MintAustrian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000,000 (5.0 million)
Austria / Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union - obverse photo

The design shows a stick figure which merges into the symbol of the Euro currency. It seeks to convey the idea of the single currency and, by extension, the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) being the latest step in Europe’s long history of trade and economic integration.

The initials of the designer Georgios Stamatopoulos, ΓΣ (Greek letters Gamma and Sigma, with the Sigma inside the Gamma) are below right in the circle surrounding the stick figure.

Around above in the central circle, the legend REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH (Republic of Austria). Around below, WWU 1999-2009 - abbreviated from Wirtschafts- und Währungsunion - Economic and Monetary Union.

In the outer ring, the twelve stars of the European Union.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH WWU 1999 - 2009
Austria / Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows on the right a representation of a map of the western part of Europe.

Behind the map and interrupted by it, six vertical lines connect the twelve stars of Europe - six around above right, and six around below right.

On the left, a large numeral value: 2; on the right, overlaid on the map, the denomination EURO.

The designer's monogram LL (for Luc Luycx) is below right in the rim, below the O in EURO.

Reverse Inscription 2 EURO
EdgeMilled, inscribedEdge Inscription2 EURO *** 2 EURO *** 2 EURO *** 2 EURO ***

Date of issue: 2 January 2009.

Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 76,000 (included in total)
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 15,000 (included in total)
All (24) coins of type: Two Euro, Austria
Coin NameMintageLegend
Two Euro 2002 196,510,000 ************ 2 EURO 2002
Two Euro 2003 4,855,100 ************ 2 EURO 2003
Two Euro 2004 2,620,000 ************ 2 EURO 2004
Two Euro 2005 Austrian State Treaty 7,000,000 50 JAHRE STAATSVERTRAG 2005
Two Euro 2006 2,420,000 ************ 2 EURO 2006
Two Euro 2007 Treaty of Rome 9,000,000 VERTRAG VON ROM 50 JAHRE EUROPA 2007 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
Two Euro 2008 2,665,000 ************ 2 EURO 2008
Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union 5,000,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH WWU 1999 - 2009
Two Euro 2010 17,065,000 ************ 2 EURO 2010
Two Euro 2011 27,765,000 ************ 2 EURO 2011
Two Euro 2012 Bertha von Suttner 21,200,000 ************ 2 EURO 2012
Two Euro 2012 Euro Cash Anniversary 11,060,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH € 2002 2012
Two Euro 2013 10,160,000 ************ 2 EURO 2013
Two Euro 2014 20,160,000 ************ 2 EURO 2014
Two Euro 2015 Bertha von Suttner 12,360,000 ************ 2 EURO 2015
Two Euro 2015 European Flag 2,500,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1985 - 2015
Two Euro 2016 Austrian National Bank 16,060,000 REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH 1816 2016 200 JAHRE OESTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBANK
Two Euro 2017 17,760,000 ************ 2 EURO 2017
Two Euro 2018 Austria 100th Anniversary 18,160,000 2018 100 JAHRE REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
Two Euro 2019 15,860,000 ************ 2 EURO 2019
Two Euro 2020 12,760,000 ************ 2 EURO 2020
Two Euro 2021 9,960,000 ************ 2 EURO 2021
Two Euro 2022 Bertha von Suttner unknown ************ 2 EURO 2022
Two Euro 2022 Erasmus Programme 1,060,000 1987 - 2002 ERASMUS PROGRAMM REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH
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Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union: Details
CurrencyEuro, Austria
Coin TypeTwo Euro, Commemorative
Face Value2 (x Euro, Austria)
Circulation Mintage4,909,000 (4.9 million)
Total Mintage5,000,000 (5.0 million)
DesignerLuc Luycx, Georgios Stamatopoulos
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.750 mm
Thickness2.200 mm
Mass8.500 g
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Two Euro 2009 Economic and Monetary Union: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 359
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustria KM# 3175