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Recommendation of 19 Dec 2008 on common guidelines for the n

Postby theeuro » 13 Jan 2009, 22:02

Previous references made on this website and forum concerning common guidelines for the national designs of circulation euro coins have been superseded by a new EC Recommendation. Please see details below (as copied here from The Euro Information Website- FAQ: Does the design of the Euro coins ever change?).

The Commission of the European Communities Recommendation of 19 December 2008 on common guidelines for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation (only the relevant articles are included here):

Article 2. Identification of the issuing Member State:
"The national sides of all denominations of the euro coins intended for circulation should bear an indication of the issuing Member State by means of the Member State’s name or an abbreviation of it."

Finland was the first Member State to come into compliance with an earlier recommendation similar to this article with an amendment to all denominations of euro coins intended for circulation.
Belgium was the second Member State to come into compliance with an earlier recommendation similar to this article with an update to all denominations of euro coins intended for circulation.
Austria, Germany and Greece do not bear an indication of the issuing Member State by any means outlined in Article 2.

Article 3. Absence of the currency name and denomination:
Section 1. "The national side of the euro coins intended for circulation should not repeat any indication of the denomination, or any parts thereof, of the coin, neither should it repeat the name of the single currency or of its subdivision, unless such indication stems from the use of a different alphabet."

Greece and Cyprus are both permitted to repeat the denomination and the name of the single currency and its subdivisions, since both Member States use a different alphabet. Greece is the only Member State that practices this allowance.
All Austrian standard euro coin denominations intended for circulation repeat the denomination and name of the single currency/subdivision.

Section 2. "The edge lettering of the 2-euro coin could bear an indication of the denomination, provided that only the figure '2' or the term 'euro' or both are used."

Article 4. Design of the national sides:
"The national side of the euro coins intended for circulation should bear the 12 European stars that should fully surround the national design, including the year mark and the indication of the issuing Member State's name. The European stars should be depicted as on the European flag."

Dutch €0.50, €0.20, €0.10, €0.05, €0.02 and €0.01 standard euro coin denominations intended for circulation place the indication of the Member's name and the year mark outside of the 12 European stars.
Dutch €2.00 and €1.00 standard euro coin denominations intended for circulation do not depict the 12 European stars as they appear on the European flag.
Luxembourgish €0.50, €0.20, €0.10, €0.05, €0.02 and €0.01 standard euro coin denominations intended for circulation do not depict the 12 European stars as they appear on the European flag.

Article 5. Changes to the national sides of regular euro coins intended for circulation:
"Without prejudice to Article 6, the designs used for the national sides of the euro coins intended for circulation denominated in euro or in cent should not be modified, except in cases where the Head of State referred to on a coin changes. Issuing Member States should, however, be allowed to update the design of euro coins depicting the Head of State every fifteen years in order to take account of a change in the appearance of the Head of State. Issuing Member States should also be allowed to update their national sides of euro coins in order to fully comply with this Recommendation. A temporary vacancy or the provisional occupation of the function of Head of State should not give the right to change the national sides of the regular euro coins intended for circulation."

In 2005, upon the death of HH Pope John Paul II, Vatican City issued a second series of standard euro circulation coins which indicated a temporary vacancy of the Head of State and depicted the coat of arms of the Cardinal Camerlengo. This series is commonly referred to as the 'Sede Vacante' series. Upon the issuance of this second series, Vatican City became the first member within the euro area to issue a second series of standard euro circulation coins.

There have been two cases where the death of a Head of State prompted the exercise of this exception.
Vatican City issued a third series of standard circulation Euro coins, depicting a new Head of State, in 2006. HH Pope Benedict XVI was elected Head of State 17 days after the death of his predecessor in April, 2005. In 2006, Vatican City issued a third series of standard circulation Euro coins, depicting the new Head of State. Vatican City became the first member within the euro area to issue a third series of standard euro circulation coins.
Four days after the death of HH Pope John Paul II, in April of 2005, HSH Rainier III, Sovereign Prince of Monaco died. His son, Prince Albert II succeeded as Head of State of Monaco. In 2006, Monaco issued a second series of standard circulation Euro coins depicting the new Sovereign Prince of Monaco.

In 2008, Belgium issued a second series of standard circulation euro coins. The design includes an updated depiction of the Head of State, King Albert II.

Article 6. Issuance of commemorative euro coins intended for circulation:

Section 1. "Issues of commemorative euro coins intended for circulation showing a different national design from that of the regular euro coins intended for circulation should only commemorate subjects of major national or European relevance. Commemorative euro coins intended for circulation collectively issued by all participating Member States should only commemorate subjects of the highest European relevance and their issuance should be endorsed by the Council."

There have been two collectively issued commemorative circulation euro coins- Treaty of Rome 50th Anniversary and 10 Years EMU.

Section 2. "The issuance of commemorative euro coins intended for circulation should comply with the following rules:
Subsection (a). "the number of issues should be limited to one per issuing Member State per year, except in cases where:
paragraph (i). "commemorative euro coins intended for circulation are collectively issued by all participating Member States;
paragraph (ii). "a possible commemorative euro coin intended for circulation is issued at the occasion of a temporary vacancy or a provisional occupation of the function of Head of State.
Subsection (b). "the 2-euro coin should be the sole denomination used for such issues;
Subsection (c). "the total number of coins put into circulation for each individual issue should not exceed the higher of the following two ceilings:
paragraph (i). "0,1% of the total number of 2-euro coins brought into circulation by all participating Member States up to the beginning of the year preceding the year of issuance of the commemorative coin; this ceiling may be raised to 2,0% of the total circulation of 2-euro coins of all participating Member States if a global and highly symbolic subject is commemorated, in which case the issuing Member State should refrain from launching another commemorative circulation coin issue using the raised ceiling during the subsequent four years and should set out the reasons for choosing the raised ceiling when providing information as provided for in Article 7;
paragraph (ii). "5,0% of the total number of 2-euro coins brought into circulation by the issuing Member State concerned up to the beginning of the year preceding the year of issuance of the commemorative coin.
Subsection (d). "the edge lettering on commemorative euro coins intended for circulation should be the same as on regular euro coins intended for circulation."

Finland has issued three commemorative euro coins intended for circulation whose edge lettering was not the same as on regular euro coins intended for circulation.

Article 7. Information procedure and publication of future changes:
"Member States should inform each other on the draft designs of new national sides of euro coins, including the edge letterings, and of the volume of issuance before they formally approve these designs. To this effect, new draft designs of euro coins should be forwarded by the issuing Member State to the Commission, as a rule, at least six months before the planned issue date. The Commission should verify compliance with the guidelines of this Recommendation and inform the other Member States without delay via the Economic and Financial Committee’s relevant subcommittee. If and when the Commission considers that the guidelines of the present Recommendation are not respected, the relevant subcommittee of the Economic and Financial Committee should decide whether to approve the design.
"The relevant subcommittee of the Economic and Financial Committee should approve the designs of commemorative euro coins intended for circulation collectively issued by all participating Member States.
"All relevant information on new national euro coin designs will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union."

Article 8. Scope of the recommended practices:
"This Recommendation should apply to national sides and edge letterings of both regular and commemorative euro coins intended for circulation. It should not apply to the national sides and edge letterings of both regular and commemorative euro coins intended for circulation which have been first issued or approved according to the agreed information procedure prior to the adoption of this Recommendation."

Austrian euro coin designs fall outside Article 2 and Article 3 of this recommendation. German and Greek euro coin designs fall outside Article 2 of this recommendation. Dutch and Luxembourgish euro coin designs fall outside Article 4 of this recommendation. All five of these national euro coin designs fall within Article 8 of this recommendation because they were all issued or approved according to the agreed information procedure prior to the adoption of this recommendation and therefore, are not required to re-design, update or otherwise change the national design of their standard circulation national euro coins.
However, Article 5 of this recommendation allows for an update to these national euro coin designs in order to fully comply with this Recommendation, but does not require an update or re-design to these national euro coin designs.

Article 9. Repealing of previous recommendations:
"Recommendations 2003/734/EC and 2005/491/EC are hereby repealed."

The following stipulations previously cited in this FAQ have been superseded, in whole or in part, by this Recommendation:
No changes should be made to the standard' national side of the Euro circulation coins until the end of 2008, except if the Head of State who is depicted on a coin changes...

...a change to the standard national side is possible if the Head of State depicted on a coin changes, while the moratorium for changes to the national sides on other grounds could be reconsidered by the end of 2008.


Recommendation Review
In paragraph 16 of the Recommendation's preamble, a review of this Recommendation will be prepared by the end of 2015, "...in order to determine whether the guidelines need to be modified."

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