Vatican Euro Design

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Vatican euro coins are issued by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State and minted by Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS), in Rome, Italy. The euro is the official currency of Vatican City.


First series (2002–2005)

The initial series of Vatican euro coins featured an effigy of Pope John Paul II. They were issued only in collector sets and bore an extreme markup with the 2002 collector set costing well over a thousand euro.

Vatican euro coinage (2002-2005) - Obverse side
€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
Effigy of John Paul II.
€ 0.10 € 0.20 € 0.50
Effigy of John Paul II.
€ 1.00 € 2.00 € 2 Coin Edge
for a total of 12 stars
Effigy of John Paul II.

Second series (2005–2006)

Following the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, the Vatican issued special coins during the period of Sede vacante depicting the emblem of the Apostolic Chamber (i.e. two crossed keys beneath an umbrella) and the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain.

Vatican euro coinage (2005) - Obverse side
€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
Insignia of the Apostolic Chamber and the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain
€ 0.10 € 0.20 € 0.50
Insignia of the Apostolic Chamber and the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain
€ 1.00 € 2.00 € 2 Coin Edge
for a total of 12 stars
Insignia of the Apostolic Chamber and the coat of arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain

Third series (2006–present)

When the new pope was elected, the third series of Vatican euro coins were issued on 27 April 2006 and feature the effigy of Pope Benedict XVI. The coins carry an inscription "Città del Vaticano" and the twelve stars of Europe. The details of this design are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Vatican euro coinage (since 2006) - Obverse side
€ 0.01 € 0.02 € 0.05
Effigy of Benedict XVI.
€ 0.10 € 0.20 € 0.50
Effigy of Benedict XVI.
€ 1.00 € 2.00 € 2 Coin Edge
for a total of 12 stars
Effigy of Benedict XVI.

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