Design Competition Winner - €2 Ten Years of Euro Banknotes and Coins


Euro-area citizens and residents have selected the winning design of a new euro coin that will be issued next January to commemorate 10 years of euro banknotes and coins. Close to 35 000 people voted in an online competition from a choice of five designs that had been pre-selected by a professional jury following a design competition among citizens from the whole euro area. The new commemorative 2-euro coin will be issued by all euro-area Member States. It is estimated that some 90 million of these coins will be put into circulation.


The winning design symbolises the way in which the euro has become a true global player in the last ten years and its importance in ordinary people's lives (represented by the people in the design), trade (the ship), industry (the factory) and energy (wind power stations).


The selection of the coin design

Citizens of all countries of the euro-area were invited to submit designs via a dedicated website during a three-week period in May. A professional jury selected five from among the more than 800 designs submitted.

These five were put to a public web vote among citizens and residents of the euro area between 6 and 24 June. Close to 35 000 participated in the vote. The winning design received 34 % of the votes.

The winning design was created by Mr Helmut Andexlinger who is a professional designer at the Austrian Mint.


Commemorative euro circulation coins

This is the third time that all euro-area countries will issue a euro coin with a common design on the national side. The first was the commemorative 2-euro coin issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome in 2007 and the second commemorated 10 years of Economic and Monetary union and the creation of the euro as book money, in 2009.

Commemorative coins always have a value of 2 euro and are put into circulation in the whole euro area, and they are often the subject of keen interest from coin collectors.



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Comment by Marko Porenta on July 1, 2011 at 6:19
I don't like this design... for me that one with bee was the best...
Comment by Illioplius on June 30, 2011 at 23:59


Comment by Kyriakos on June 30, 2011 at 20:07

In commparison with the other designs this one was better. I'm glad that this won the competition..!!! It was the one i vote for..!!

Comment by euroHOBBY on June 30, 2011 at 19:43

the design is nice but not so much relevant - this design does not distinguish the 2009 theme from the one of the 2012

so this design could have been good for 10 Years of EMU - so now it looks like we are going to have 2 common coins (2009 and 2012) commemorating the same thing - for me this design commemorates the euro as currency and not the banknotes and coins


the bee design was showing the number of states where the euro banknotes and coins are officially used


Comment by Chris Salomone on June 30, 2011 at 19:33
i am curious to see how all that detail will look in a 2.5cm circle..... i voted for the butterfly design... just for its simplistic view!!!
Comment by Numizmatik Peter on June 30, 2011 at 18:37
Pity to a small area of ​​the mint will detail only a few recognizable. The bee was better ...
Comment by Robert Duba on June 30, 2011 at 18:09
That´s true :(
Comment by Ctirad on June 30, 2011 at 17:53
other coin with the same design as EMU
Comment by Robert Duba on June 30, 2011 at 17:28

Look like France 2011, doesn´t it? For me, that bee was the best...

Comment by Blaz K on June 30, 2011 at 16:21


EASY! ... they can just replace one of the "people" heads :-)



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