Today in the official Journal of the European Union, the council of the European Union published a set of rules for euro coins intended for the circulation, namely standard coins and 2 euro commemorative coins. Basically, in these rules there is nothing new apart from;
1) "The national side of circulation coins shall bear a circle of 12 stars that shall fully surround the national design, including the year mark and the indication of the issuing Member State’s name. This shall not prevent some design elements from extending into the circle of stars, provided that the stars are all clearly and fully visible. The 12 stars shall be depicted as on the Union flag."
Meaning that now it is also officially allowed to have the design extending into the circle of stars - before this was not mentioned in the rules although some countries used to issue such designs.
2) Issuing countries that do no comply with the rules eg not showing the country's name eg Germany; showing the denomination on the national side eg Austria; not showing the stars as they look on the flag eg Luxembourg - they have "to update their national sides of regular coins in order to fully comply by 20 June 2062."
So they have 50 years from this year to do so - yes 2062 is not a typing error!
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