Voting to select a joint circulating commemorative €2 coin to mark
the 10th anniversary of the common currency of more than 330 million
people began June 6.
Voting continues through June 24, and the winning design from the
five finalists will be announced June 30.
Coins bearing the winning design (differing only by the issuing
name of each country) will enter circulation in January to mark 10
years since euro notes and coins first came into circulation.
Citizens and residents of the 17 member states of the eurozone
(the area issuing the unified currency) may cast votes using a special
website hosted by the European Commission, www.eurocoincompetition.eu/home.
Voters can choose from five designs, many of which incorporate
similar themes. The dual dates 2002 and 2012 appear on each
design,with the finalists bearing a place for the issuing countries’ names.
➤ One design shows the euro currency symbol over a globe, with
symbols surrounding the globe including wind turbines, a factory,
several people holding hands, houses and a sailing vessel.
➤ Another design shows 27 butterflies (in whole or in part),
perhaps representing the 27 members of the European Union, the
governing body that formed the basis for the joint currency (not all
EU members use euros, though most will eventually have to adopt the
currency). The euro symbol also appears on the design.
➤ A third design shows a map overlaid by the numeral 10, which
also help to form the euro symbol.
➤ The euro symbol morphs into an arrow on a fourth design, which
also shows two people holding hands and the stylized digits of 10 in
➤ A fifth design shows the euro symbol with a bee and honeycomb,
with 17 holes in the comb filled, perhaps representing the 17 eurozone members.
The contest was announced March 31, and the European Commission’s
Economic and Financial Affairs committee began accepting design
entries in late April.
All eurozone members are allowed (but not required) to issue one
special circulating commemorative €2 coin annually. Special joint
issues like the one planned for the 2012 celebration (and previous
joint issues in 2007 and 2009) do not count toward the limit.
The €2 coins are ringed-bimetallic pieces, with a
nickel-brass-plated nickel center and a copper-nickel ring. All €2
coins share a standard design on the common, reverse, side. On the
national side, or obverse, of each regular €2 coin, the 12 stars of
the European Union flag appear on the outer ring, with the
commemorative design dominating the center piece. ■