Changes to the national obverse of Euro coins

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Changes to the national obverse of Euro coins

Postby theeuro » 14 Jan 2009, 08:32

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 provides for some fairly strict limitations on the changes to national designs of Euro coins.

In order to quantify what the recommendation states insofar as new national designs, the following chart might be helpful:

Earliest possible date where changes to the National design of standard issue circulation Euro coins can take place, under Article 5 of the Recommendation of 19 December 2008:
Member StateDate of Design
Change Allowed
Other Stipulations
Belgium2023Change in Head of State
LuxembourgAnytime; 2014Change in Head of State
Monaco2021Change in Head of State
NetherlandsAnytime; 2014Change in Head of State
San MarinoNone
Spain2014Change in Head of State
Vatican2021Change in Head of State

Pursuant to Article 8, if any of the Member States have had a change in national design approved prior to the adoption of this Recommendation, those circulation Euro coins would be permitted the approved change. The exceptions are Slovenia, Slovakia, Malta and Cyprus, whose national designs were statically approved through the year 2009 and fall within the boundaries of the Recommendation.

Pursuant to paragraph 16 of the preamble of the Recommendation, the dates outlined above and the possibility of changes to the national designs of standard circulation Euro coins come under review in 2015, along with the rest of the Recommendation.
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