2 Euros Alhambra of Granada

2 Euros (Alhambra of Granada) - obverse2 Euros (Alhambra of Granada) - reverse

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Features

Issuer Spain
King Juan Carlos I (1975-2014)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2011
Value 2 Euros
2 EUR = USD 2.17
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Bimetallic: nickel brass clad nickel center in copper-nickel ring
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number
N#
19979
References KM# 1184,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 539
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín

Series: UNESCO World Heritage

Obverse

The inner part of the coin depicts the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra, the fortified castle in the city of Granada, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
M
ESPAÑA 2011

Translation:
M
Spain 2011

Engraver: Alfonso Morales Múnoz

FNMT chief engraver.

Reverse

A map, next to the face value, shows the European continent without borders.

Script: Latin

Lettering: 2 EURO LL

Engraver: Luc Luycx Read more on Wikipedia

Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins. Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.

Edge

Reeded with inscription

Script: Latin

Lettering: 2**2**2**2**2**2**

2 Euros (Alhambra of Granada) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mint

Mintmark of Royal Mint of Spain (M) Royal Mint of Spain (Real Casa de la Moneda), Madrid, Spain (1591-date)

Comments

Spain started the commemorative coin series Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO (UNESCO World Heritage) in 2010, commemorating all of Spain's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which could continue until 2050. The order in which the coin for a specific site is issued coincides with the order in which they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 CE on the remains of ancient Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Arab Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition), and the palaces were partially altered in the Renaissance style. In 1526, Charles I of Spain commissioned a new Renaissance palace better befitting the Holy Roman Emperor in the revolutionary Mannerist style influenced by humanist philosophy in direct juxtaposition with the Nasrid Andalusian architecture, but it was ultimately never completed due to Morisco rebellions in Granada.

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2011 M 4 000 000 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 2.40 $ 2.80 $ 3.30 98%
2011 M 65 000 1.6% BU set
2011 M 15 000 0.7% Proof

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