The Monnaie de Paris has released gold, silver, and base metal coins under this year’s Europa European Silver Coin Program. Under the program, member countries of the European Union cooperate to issue coins celebrating common aspects of European identity with a different theme selected each year. The theme for this year is 70 Years of Peace in Europe.
The reverse design of the coin features a stylized image of a dove carrying a branch as a symbol of peace, tracing back to the story of Noah’s ark. In this depiction, the leaves on the branch of have been replaced by twelve stars, representing the twelve stars on the European Union flag. Above the dove are the two-letter symbols for the countries of Europe. The denomination appears at the base and the Europa silver star privy mark is incorporated.
The obverse of the coin features a depiction of the goddess Europa with stars in her hair and her face next to flagstaffs representing the different countries in the European Union. There are twelve Euro symbols surrounding the image to represent the twelve stars in the European Union flag. Inscriptions include “Europa” and the “2015” date.
The silver proof version of the coin is struck in 90% purity and has a weight of 22.20 grams and diameter of 37 mm. The mintage is limited to 10,000 pieces.
Also available are 99.9% pure gold proof versions across three sizes. A 1/25 oz version has a mintage of 5,000 pieces, a 1/4 oz version has a mintage of 1,000 pieces, and a 1 oz version has a mintage of 500.
The reverse design is also incorporated into 2 Euro base metal coins available in BU or Proof versions.