2 euro commemorative coin of 2022, dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus programme
- April 12, 2021
Last update, 09/11/2021 – In 2022, the Erasmus programme celebrates its 35th anniversary. The European Commission has published the 6 competition designs still in the running for the joint €2 commemorative 2022 Erasmus 2 euro coin. The coin will be issued in amost of the 19 Member States of the euro area.
Breaking news, on 04/12/2021: Project €2 Erasmus 2022 N°6 – “Monnaie de Paris” design from Joaquin JIMENEZ, choosen by European Commission
Coins will be issued from july the first 2022
2022 €2 ERSAMUS, first version
A modified design, since its first presentation
In the design of this second version, the mention of the country is moved to the bottom right.
the words “1987-2022 ERASMUS PROGRAM” are written in a bolder font with the letters tighter.
The text block creates a certain heaviness that covers the character of Erasmus much more. But this new design leaves more space for the mention of the issuing country.
The country mention was originally in the center of the coin.
The announced mintages
- San Marino
The Netherlands have not minted €2 commemorative coins for several years. The country is following the recommendations of the european institutions who ask that €2 strikes should be greatly reduced given the stocks of genuine €2 coins that are still in the vaults of European central banks.
Nonetheless, Erwin, one of our dutch readers indicated us on 08/22/2021 that dutch Ministery of Finances did confirm him the decision of issuing a dutch €2 commemorative coin ERASMUS in 2022. It is confirmed by UE on 08/27/2021.
KNM might althought strike 2022 belgian €2 ERASMUS coins as service provider of belgian Royal Mint.
At time, only the mintages of the coins minted by the following countries are known:
The coin will be issued on 07/01/2022
A first project of coin without the signature J.J. (for Joaquin JIMENEZ) had been proposed.
The mention of the issuing country “FI” appears in the center of the coin and the mintmark of Mint of Finland is engraved at 6 hrs. The words “OHJELMA” and “PROGRAMMET” are the translation of the word “Program” in Finnish and Swedish. The coin will be issued on 07/01/2022.
In the heart of the coin appears the name of the issuing country, “LIETUVA” for Lithuania. The mintmark of the Mint of Lithuania also appears on this face of the coin. The mintmark of the Monnaie de Paris as well as the mark of its engraver in chief, JAQUIN JIMENEZ, will also be engraved on this face. The two initials of the engraver “J.J” are also engraved under the pen held by ERASME.
Three inscriptions appear in the lower right quarter of the coin:
– “1987- 2022” program anniversary dates.
– “Programa” for program
For the Dutch version of this coin, the country code “NL” will be engraved in the heart of the coin. As the mint that will strike the coin has not yet been chosen, two blank cartridges appear on the coin at 6 o’ clock. The first one will be replaced by the mintmark of the national mint that will be chosen to strike this coin and the second one will be reserved for the engraver in chief mark of the concerned mint.
Even if one can have a doubt, the possibility that the dutch coin would be struck by another Mint than the KNM (Mint of the Netherlands) is thus considered by the Dutch government. It would be surprising if another national mint was chosen to mint a coin dedicated to an emblematic figure of the Dutch philosophical literature, worldwide known!
Finally, in the lower right quarter of the coin, three inscriptions will be engraved:
- The dates “1987-2022”, which are the anniversary dates of the ERASMUS program.
- The name ERSAMUS
- “Programma” for program
The signature of the engraver in chief of the Monnaie de Paris, as creator of the common design, will appear under the pen of ERASMUS, with the two initials “J.J.” for Joaquin JIMENEZ.
The announced mintages are as follows:
- coins for circulation: 500,000 coins
- UNC coins for collectors: 50 000 coins
- BU and/or proof quality coins: 20,000 coins
– circulation: 750,000 coins
– BU: 7500 coins (coincards)
– Proof: 7500 coins (coincards)
– Circulation coins (UNC): 400 000 coins
– Coin in BU condition (coincards): 7 000 coins
– Coin in proof condition (boxes): 5 000 coins
The design projects
Project 2€ Erasmus 2022 N°1, german project
This coin was designed by artist Thomas SERRES for GERMANY.
Project 2€ Erasmus 2022 N°2, MRB project
This project was presented by Belgium and designed by the artist Iris BRUIJNS (click here to read IRIS project dedicated article).
It is not Luc LUYCX (the father of the common sides of the euro circulation coins) who designed this coin, whereas generally it is the engraver who designs the entire Belgian annual numismatic program.
Project 2€ Erasmus 2022 N°3
The design represents how the Erasmus program, during these 35 years, gave a great opportunity, to all the citizens, to challenge themselves. The design illustrates the youth and the desire to get involved in a new adventure. The route is the path of personal growth, represented by different symbols: sport, education, travel, independence, freedom, equality and job opportunity; values that this program always embraced. Erasmus is an all-round experience that wants to lead to a higher empathy and inclusion level to make democracy every day more efficient.
Project 2€ Erasmus 2022 N°4
Projet 2€ Erasmus 2022 N°5
Projet 2€ Erasmus 2022 N°6 – “Monnaie de Paris” design
You can choose one of the six drawings below and vote until midnight on 31 March 2021.
Source : European Commission – NUMISMAG©