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10 lei 2007 - 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome - obverse 10 lei 2007 - 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome - reverse
37 mm diameter, 31.103 g, 99.9% silver, grained edge
map of the European Union, coat of arms of Romania, ROMANIA (the first two letters, RO, being placed over the map of Romania), face value 10 LEI, inscription "UNIUNEA EUROPEANA" meaning "EUROPEAN UNION", year 2007
design representing the pavement from the Capitol Square in Rome (conceived by Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti), atop the Treaty of Rome opened at the page with the signatures and inscription EUROPA, circular inscriptions "TRATATUL DE LA ROMA 50 ANI" meaning "TREATY OF ROME 50 YEARS" and "25 MARTIE 1957" (the Treaty was signed on March 25th)

Issuing date: 10th of May 2007

Mintage: 500 coins


The coin commemorates 50 years from the signing in Rome of the Treaty of the Establishment of the European Economic Community. The treaty was valid since January 1st 1958. The Treaty of Rome is considered to have marked the beginning of the European Union. The event was celebrated with anniversary coins by many countries. In the euro zone, 2 euro anniversary coins were issued. At least some of these 2 euro coins share the same main design - Capitol Square in Rome and the page with the signatures.

We must observe that on the map of the European Union on the obverse the boundaries between the countries are represented by lines. However, the boundaries between Bulgaria and Greece, between Denmark and Germany and between Lithuania and Poland are missing. Luxembourg was not represented - maybe because it is very small, and Malta is missing completely, the corresponding space being covered by letter L from LEI.

About the pavement in the Capitol Square of Rome (Piazza del Campidoglio)

The design with the 12 ray star imagined by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) for the pavement of Capitol Square in Roma became a reality in 1940 only, subsequently to the command of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The popes of yore did not agree to the design of the star, because its esoteric meanings did not conformed with the Christian dogma. In the center of the star a copy of the statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius is placed (the star and statue are represented on the Italian regular 50 eurocents coin).

2 euro coin issued by Italy in 2007 for the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

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