Commemorative coin: 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
Series: Treaty of Rome
Front side: The coin shows the text of the treaty signed by the six founding countries on a background that attempts to reproduce the hermitage (designed by Michelangelo) of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where the signing took place on 25 March 1957. The caption “50 years of the Treaty of Rome”, “EUROPE” and the name of the issuing country appear in the respective languages of the euro area or in Latin. So the caption varies from country to country, but the pattern is the same. The Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Community and eventually leads to the introduction of the euro in 1999 and the introduction of the euro coins and coins in 2002. The anniversary was celebrated on 25 March 2007. The euro area countries have taken note of the opportunity and have decided to issue this commemorative currency in common. The design was selected following a competition organised by the European mints. The outer ring of the coin bears the 12 stars of the European Union.