This is the fourth time the euro-area members have decided to collectively issue a commemorative coin: The first was in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the second time was in 2009 when sixteen countries commemorated 10 years of the EMU and the third time in 2012 to mark 10 years of euro cash.

A professional jury selected five coin designs among the 62 designs submitted by Euro area mints.

Euro-area citizens and residents were invited to select the winning design by public web-voting until 27 May 2015. The winning design, with 30% of the online vote, was by the hand of Georgios Stamatopoulos from the Bank Of Greece.

Date of issue : November 2015

30 years of the EU flag coin