From January 2021, and during this years’ first semester, Portugal is presiding over the Council of the European Union.
In the 2 Euro circulation and commemorative coin that marks the occasion, the identity is constructed from the geographical position of our country, the most southwestern in Europe. From Portugal and to Portugal, a set of straight lines trail across the continents’ territory, representing the pivotal role of the presiding country and the establishment of mutual relationships with the member states. This very geometric depiction highlights a peripheral position that is not only geographical but also economical and strategic. It is not only a factual, physical depiction, but also a symbolic one.
Issued by the Portuguese Mint, it started circulating on January 4th 2021. Besides the circulation coin, of which 500 000 were minted, there are also Proof (Numismatical Proof) and BNC (Brilliant uncirculated) commemorative coins.