Italy Euro Coins

Italy attracted a great deal of criticism from its European partners over its public spending and its large debt. On entering the eurozone the Italian economy was the most stretched of all countries by the EU's convergence criteria for membership. By pushing through several reforms, most notably overhauling public finances, the then centre-left government was able to join the euro. However other EU members felt that Italy still had some way to go to meet its' obligations.

Italian euro coins have a design unique to each denomination, though there is a common theme of famous Italian works of art from one of Italy's renowned artists. Each coin is designed by a different designer, from the 1 cent to the 2 euro coin they are: Eugenio Driutti, Luciana De Simoni, Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini, Claudia Momoni, Maria Angela Cassol, Roberto Mauri, Laura Cretara and Maria Carmela Colaneri. All designs feature the 12 stars of the EU, the year of imprint and the overlapping letters "RI" for Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic). There are no Italian euro coins dated earlier than 2002, even though they were certainly minted earlier, as they were first distributed to the public in December 2001.

The choice of the design of the coins was left to the Italian public by means of a TV broadcast where alternative designs were presented, letting the people vote by calling a certain telephone number. However, the 1-euro coin was missing in this "election", because Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (now ex-President of the Italian Republic), then Economy minister, had already decided it would sport the Vitruvian man of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's work is highly symbolical as it represents the Renaissance focus on man as the measure of all things, and has simultaneously a round shape that fits the coin perfectly. As president Ciampi observed, this represents the "coin to the service of Man", instead of Man to the service of money. Please take a look at The Italian National Mint.

The Italian 2 euro coin edge inscription

Edge
The edge of the Italian euro coins
 
The sequence "2 *" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted

Mintmarks on Italian euro coins

  • Maria Carmela Colaneri designed the 2 Euro coin (initials 'MCC')
  • Laura Cretara designed the 1 Euro coin (initials 'LC')
  • Roberto Mauri designed the 50 cent coin (initials 'M')
  • Maria Angela Cassol is the designer for the 20 cent coin (initials 'MAC')
  • Claudia Momoni designed the 10 cent coin (initials 'CM')
  • Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini designed the 5 cent coin (initials 'ELF')
  • Luciana De Simoni designed the 2 cent coin (initials 'LDS')
  • Eugenio Driutti is the designer of the 1 cent coin (initials 'ED')
  • All Italian Euros bear the mintmark 'R', representing Rome
Image of Italy 2 euros coin
Italy 2 euros - Portrait of Raphael of Dante Alighieri
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 10,000,000 pieces € 5.25 Buy
2012 27,000,000 pieces € 4.50 Buy
2011 39,000,000 pieces € 6.75 Buy
2010 48,000,000 pieces € 5.75 Buy
2009 16,000,000 pieces € 6.85 Buy
2008 17,000,000 pieces € 9.00 Buy
2007 21,000,000 pieces - View
2006 31,000,000 pieces € 6.60 Buy
2005 31,000,000 pieces - View
2004 84,000,000 pieces € 15.40 Buy
2003 45,000,000 pieces € 12.10 Buy
2002 328,000,000 pieces € 4.40 Buy
Image of Italy 1 euro coin
Italy 1 euro - Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 5,000,000 pieces € 2.90 Buy
2012 5,000,000 pieces - View
2011 34,000,000 pieces € 4.29 Buy
2010 69,000,000 pieces € 2.90 Buy
2009 59,000,000 pieces € 3.25 Buy
2008 135,000,000 pieces € 3.35 Buy
2007 133,000,000 pieces € 4.29 Buy
2006 131,000,000 pieces € 2.65 Buy
2005 128,000,000 pieces € 3.85 Buy
2004 95,000,000 pieces - View
2003 43,000,000 pieces € 2.60 Buy
2002 722,000,000 pieces € 3.85 Buy
Image of Italy 50 cents coin
Italy 50 cents - Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 5,000,000 pieces - View
2012 5,000,000 pieces - View
2011 33,000,000 pieces € 4.29 Buy
2010 44,000,000 pieces € 1.40 Buy
2009 21,000,000 pieces € 1.80 Buy
2008 44,000,000 pieces € 1.70 Buy
2007 30,000,000 pieces - View
2006 35,000,000 pieces € 2.15 Buy
2005 50,000,000 pieces € 3.19 Buy
2004 35,000,000 pieces € 5.00 Buy
2003 4,000,000 pieces € 4.29 Buy
2002 813,000,000 pieces € 2.42 Buy
Image of Italy 20 cents coin
Italy 20 cents - Sculpture by Umberto Boccioni
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 15,000,000 pieces - View
2012 5,000,000 pieces - View
2011 43,000,000 pieces € 0.85 Buy
2010 65,000,000 pieces € 0.85 Buy
2009 27,000,000 pieces € 2.05 Buy
2008 107,000,000 pieces € 1.70 Buy
2007 83,000,000 pieces € 3.25 Buy
2006 89,000,000 pieces € 1.50 Buy
2005 94,000,000 pieces € 2.42 Buy
2004 75,000,000 pieces € 6.49 Buy
2003 19,000,000 pieces € 2.75 Buy
2002 959,000,000 pieces € 1.43 Buy
Image of Italy 10 cents coin
Italy 10 cents - Birth of Venus
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 15,000,000 pieces - View
2012 100,000,000 pieces - View
2011 88,000,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2010 99,000,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2009 56,000,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2008 121,000,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2007 113,000,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
2006 123,000,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2005 153,000,000 pieces € 1.76 Buy
2004 135,000,000 pieces - View
2003 56,000,000 pieces € 1.76 Buy
2002 915,000,000 pieces € 1.10 Buy
Image of Italy 5 cents coin
Italy 5 cents - Flavius amphitheatre
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 80,000,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
2012 76,000,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2011 64,000,000 pieces € 1.21 Buy
2010 99,000,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2009 64,000,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2008 85,000,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2007 90,000,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2006 111,000,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2005 127,000,000 pieces € 1.32 Buy
2004 143,000,000 pieces € 1.98 Buy
2003 47,000,000 pieces - View
2002 1,055,000,000 pieces € 0.99 Buy
Image of Italy 2 cents coin
Italy 2 cents - Mole Antonelliana
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 150,000,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2012 80,000,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
2011 110,000,000 pieces € 0.88 Buy
2010 172,000,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2009 100,000,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2008 150,000,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2007 145,000,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2006 148,000,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2005 176,000,000 pieces € 0.88 Buy
2004 136,000,000 pieces € 0.60 Buy
2003 115,000,000 pieces € 1.10 Buy
2002 924,000,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
Image of Italy 1 cent coin
Italy 1 cent - Castle del Monte
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 250,000,000 pieces - View
2012 218,000,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2011 178,000,000 pieces € 0.77 Buy
2010 210,000,000 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2009 133,000,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2008 166,000,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2007 166,000,000 pieces € 0.15 Buy
2006 193,000,000 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2005 175,000,000 pieces € 0.77 Buy
2004 192,000,000 pieces € 0.88 Buy
2003 131,000,000 pieces € 1.10 Buy
2002 1,069,000,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy