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Italy: Memorial commemorative €2 coins pay tribute to national figures Falcone and Borsellino

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The IPZS have released new commemorative €2 coins which mark the deaths of two of the country’s most courageous men who risked their safety, and ultimately their lives, in bringing organized crime bosses to justice. 1992 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Falcone (1939–1992) and Paolo Borsellino (1940–1992) who soon posed a real threat to the Cosa Nostra (better known than the Mafia), an organized crime group which boasted access to the highest levels of Italian power. Together with his friend, the fellow judge and prosecuting magistrate Paolo Borsellino, Falcone spent most of his distinguished professional career trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian Mafia. He and Borsellino were later credited with revolutionizing the understanding of the Mafia, working closely with the first informants and compiling evidence for a groundbreaking “maxi-trial,” in which hundreds of mobsters were convicted in 1987. Thanks to the efforts and personal bravery of both Falcone and Borsellino, the Sicilian Mafia in particular became a notorious fact, not something that had to be proven to exist at every trial involving organized crime. Sadly, their successes in prosecuting many members of the Cosa Nostra ultimately led to their untimely deaths.

Designed by graphic artist Valerio De Seta, his design features the familiar images of the two Italian magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino inspired by a photograph by Tony Gentile and taken at the height of the prosecutorial activities of the two men. The photograph of both assassinated judges has become an iconic symbol of the struggle against la Cosa Nostra. It is often used on posters and articles commemorating the fight against the Mafia. Above the primary design is the inscription FALCONE—BORSELLINO and below, the dates 1992 2022representing the year of the death of the magistrates and the year of issue of the coin, including the stylized initials RI of the Italian Republic. On the right is the mint mark R identifying the Mint of Rome, along with the initials VdS of the coins’ designer, Valerio de Seta. The overall design is surrounded by the 12 stars representing the European Union. The reverse design is that of a standard €2 coin, found throughout all countries of the eurozone. The face value of €2 appears in front of a map of Europe.

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metal

weight diam Quality

Maximum min days

Two euros

bimetallic

8.5g 25.7mm Uncirculated

10,000 (rolls)

Two euros

bimetallic

8.5g 25.7mm Brilliant Unc.

12,000

Two euros

bimetallic

8.5g 25.7mm Proof

10,000

The proof strikes are encapsulated and presented in an IPZS-branded shaped plastic case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The Brilliant Uncirculated strikes are enclosed in a card-case format and the Uncirculated coins are available in rolls of 25 coins in specially printed covers. For additional information, please click here.

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