The Trésorerie Générale des Finances du Gouvernement Princier de Monaco has released their widely anticipated €2 commemorative coin on the 12th September. The theme and design of their 2019-dated €2 commemorative coin are in tribute to the 200th anniversary of the accession of Sovereign Prince Honore V (1778–1841).
The-then Prince Héréditaire Honore became Monaco’s head of state on the 16th February 1819, upon the death of his father Prince Honoré IV of Monaco. One of the more complex princely figures of the small Mediterranean principality, Honore V is remembered for his efforts to expand Monegasque industry and initiate citrus farm cooperatives in order put people to work, generate production, and alleviate poverty. This was attempted after the remnants of war in France, which saw the unseating of Emperor Napoleon, who had absorbed Monaco into France. With Napoleon’s departure and the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy in 1814, Monaco’s sovereignty was also restored, and it was during these complex circumstances that Honore V began his reign, which would also see his small state become a protectorate of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
The coins are produced by the Monnaie de Paris, the national mint of France, on behalf of the Trésorerie Générale des Finances. The obverse side of the coins features a portrait of Prince Honore V, which is based on a well-known oil painting believed to have been created circa 1830. The commemorative inscription reads HONORE V and MONACO and is placed on either side of the prince’s portrait. Below, the additional dates of commemoration and year of issue 1819 – AVENEMENT – 2019 are seen under the effigy of the prince. The overall design is surrounded by a circle of 12 stars representing the European Union and the single currency. The reverse design is that of a standard €2 coin, found throughout all countries of the euro zone. The face value €2 appears in front of a map of Europe.
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The Proof-quality coins are encapsulated and presented in a genuine leather custom case with the Monegasque crest on the top applied in gold foil and include a certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this coin and others issued by the Monegasque treasury, please visit the website of the Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies de Monaco.