2011 - North Rhine-Westphalia
In 2011, the sixth edition of the "Federal states" series honours the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous federal state in Germany, is represented on the coin by Cologne Cathedral. The national side of the coin shows Cologne Cathedral as a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The cathedral is portrayed in its entirety, highlighting the beauty of its southern portal.
Cologne Cathedral was built, with interruptions, between 1248 and 1880. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building in the world. Today, visitors who climb the steps of the two 157-metre-high towers are rewarded with an impressive view over the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The words "NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN" (North Rhine-Westphalia) link Cologne Cathedral as the depicted structure with the federal state. The outer ring features the European stars, the year of issue 2011 and the letter "D" indicating that the country of issue is the Federal Republic of Germany.
The mark of the mint producing the coin is located on the upper right-hand side of the coin, and the initials of the artist may be found in the centre-right main part of the coin.
The national side has been designed by Heinz Hoyer of Berlin.
The €2 commemorative coin has the same technical parameters as the regular issue €2 coin. The €2 commemorative coin has been produced in both mint condition and proof-like finish by all five German mints.
Issue volume: 30 million
Issue date: 2011-01-28