EU citizens and residents have selected the design ‘2’ for the commemorative €2 coin to celebrate 10 years of Economic and Monetary Union. 41.48 % of you voted for this design, out of a total of 141675 votes. The winning design was created by George Stamatopoulos and represents "The euro is the latest step in the long history of trade, from pre-historic barter – evoked by the deliberately primitive design – to economic and monetary union.". Commemorative coins bearing this design will be issued by all euro-area Member States, starting in January 2009.
As part of the celebrations of a decade of EMU, EU citizens and residents were asked to choose a design for a commemorative 2-euro coin by voting online. The vote closed on 22 February.
A high-value set of euro collector coins is on its way to prizewinner Michal Milewski in Poland. His name was drawn at random from the list of the participants who voted for the winning design in the voting procedure for the commemorative coin that closed on 22 February.