To celebrate the European Union flag, the citizens of the eurozone
chose a design by a Greek artist.
The European Commission announced May 28 that a design by George
Stamatopoulos, designer at the Bank of Greece, was chosen in an online
poll for a circulating commemorative €2 coin due for release later in 2015.
The winning obverse design shows 12 human-like figures, arms
outstretched, spiraling upward from and surrounding the EU flag, on
which a circle of 12 stars represents the original members. According to an AFP (Agence France-Presse in
Brussels) report published by Kathimerini, Stamatopoulos said
the design "represents twelve stars that morph into human figures
embracing the birth of a new Europe."
A place for the name of the issuing country and the dates 1985-2015
also appear in the design, which is surrounded by the 12-star ring
common to all €2 coins, which have a ringed-bimetallic composition.
All 19 euro-issuing member states will issue the coin. This is the
fourth time that eurozone nations will participate in a joint
circulating commemorative €2 coin program, following similar programs
in 2007, 2009, and 2012.
Some 100,000 European residents voted for their favorite design
among five pre-selected nominees. Mints in the eurozone submitted
design proposals based on the European flag, and a professional jury
selected which of the designs would be put up for the public vote.
The coin marks the 30th anniversary of the EU flag.
The following 19 EU member states have the euro as their currency
and form the euro area: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
The winning designer receives a trip to Milan on June 27 and 28, to
mark the time and place when the European Council adopted the flag as
the official EU emblem 30 years ago.
Voters were also awarded prizes.
The contest was conducted online.
The ringed-bimetallic €2 coin has a copper-nickel core and
copper-aluminum-nickel ring. Its common reverse shows a map of the
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