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Votes in for euro design competition - 25/02/2008

Commemorative euro coin designs

Europeans have chosen the new design for a commemorative 2-euro coin to mark the single currency's tenth birthday.

To see the winning design, visit the euro coin design website.

In 2009, it will be ten years since Economic and Monetary Union ushered in the euro. To mark the occasion, the eurozone countries are to issue a special 2-euro coin.

In an online poll to choose a design for the coin, the European public was invited to select their favourite from the 5 designs shortlisted by European mint directors.

Since voting opened on 31 January, 141 675 EU residents have taken part. The winning design, with 41.48% of the votes, is the handiwork of George Stamatopoulos, a sculptor for the Central Bank of Greece.

In January 2009, the 15 eurozone countries will issue some 90 million copies of the coin – all bearing this new design.

This will be the second commemorative coin to be minted by all eurozone countries together. The first, in 2007, was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the EU’s founding treaty. Regular euro coins have one standard side – common to all countries – and a national side depicting national figures, symbols or reigning monarchs.

Commemorative coins always have a value of 2 euros. Like all euros, they can be spent anywhere in the eurozone, but many are likely to be snapped up by collectors.

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