Italy 2 euros 2014 - 450th Years since the Birth of Galileo Galilei

Obverse of Italy 2 euros 2014 - 450th Years since the Birth of Galileo Galilei
Details Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564. He was the oldest of seven children. His father was a musician and wool trader, who wanted his son to study medicine as there was more money in medicine.

His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of science", and "the Father of Modern Science".

The design shows the head of Galileo Galilei from the painting of Justus Sustermans, 1636 (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi); around, upside, GALILEO GALILEI; on the right, superimposed letters R (monogram of the Mint of Rome)/astronomic telescope/ C.M. (monogram of the Author Claudia Momoni); on the left, superimposed letters of the Italian Republic monogram “RI”; in exergue 1564-2014.
Specifications Diameter - 25.75mm Thickness - 2.2mm Weight - 8.5gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge Combination of the number 2 and ** repeated six times
Comments Legend: GALILEO GALILEI - Designer: Claudia Momoni
Mintage 6,500,000 pieces

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