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10 Years of EMU
Feature:
10th anniversary of the EMU.
Description:
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.

The coin shows a stick figure which merges into the € symbol. It seeks to convey the idea of the single currency and, by extension, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) being the latest step in Europe's long history of trade and economic integration.

The coin will be issued by each euro area country and show the name of the country as well as the legend 'EMU 1999-2009' in the respective language(s).

The design was chosen out of a shortlist of five by members of the public across the European Union voting online. It was created by George Stamatopoulos, a sculptor from the Minting department at the Bank of Greece.
Production: Date of Issue:
84,085,000 1 January 2009
Click on each coin for a detail page and larger image:

Austria

Belgium

Cyprus

Finland
 

France

Germany

Greece

Ireland
 

Italy

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands
 

Portugal

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain
 
Notes:
  • This is the second collective €2 commemorative coin to be issued. The first was the Treaty of Rome commemorative in 2007.
  • On 12 November 2007, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker announced the issue plan at a press conference.
  • The design was chosen by competition.
    • On the basis of a design competition between the Mints of the euro area followed by a pre-selection of designs by the Mint Directors, the winning design was chosen exclusively by EU citizens and residents by voting on the specific web site set up for this purpose. See here for more details.
    • The design that received the highest number of votes was selected as the winner.
    • Voting began on 31 January and closed on 22 February 2008.
    • The winner was announced on 25 February 2008.
  • The winning design was created by Γεώργιος Σταματόπουλος (Georges Stamatopoulos) from the Central Bank of Greece.
  • The three micro states participating in the EMU by special agreement, will not participate in this program.
  • About 90 million will be produced for release into circulation.
  • Special Thanks to Rob Kooy (The Netherlands) for providing small images for Malta, Finland, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland and Portugal