Slovakia €2 2014 Competition Results "10th anniversary of the accession of the Slovak Republic to the European Union"


First prize (design selected for the coin)
Mária Poldaufová





Second prize
Mária Poldaufová



Third prize
Branislav Ronai


On 1 May 2004, the European Union underwent a massive enlargement with the accession of ten new Member States, including Slovakia. Národná banka Slovenska is preparing the issue of a €2 commemorative coin to mark the 10th anniversary of Slovakia's accession to the European Union, and in April 2013 it announced a public anonymous competition for the design of the coin's national side.


A total of 24 designs by 11 designers were entered in the competition. In May 2013, the designs were judged by the NBS Governor's Committee for the Assessment of Slovak Euro Coins Designs, which took expert advice from Mgr. Peter Beňo, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.


A design by Mária Poldaufová won first prize in the competition and was approved for the national side of the coin. The Committee praised the design for the transparency and clarity of its composition, in which the letters of the EU and state emblem of the Slovak Republic feature prominently. The Committee noted in particular how the symbolic elements stand out within the small surface area of the coin. The design clearly symbolises the accession of the Slovak Republic to the European Union and, with a stylised euro symbol, it also refers to Slovakia's entry into the euro area.


Mária Poldaufová was also awarded second prize in the competition for a sophisticated design in which several symbols express Slovakia's relations with the European Union. The Committee commended the ingenuity of depicting a state emblem stamp leaving its imprint in a book symbolising EU history.


Third prize was awarded to Branislav Ronai for a design that aptly emphasises the fact that ten countries simultaneously acceded to the EU on 1 May 2004. It shows ten EU stars including a larger one, representing Slovakia, which is juxtaposed next to a map of Slovakia.


The Committee's recommendation for the design of the commemorative coin and the prizes awarded in the competition were approved by the NBS Governor in June 2013. The commemorative coin is due to be issued in April 2014 and its parameters will be the same as those of regular €2 circulation coins. It is intended for circulation and will be legal tender in all euro area countries.


(c) Central Bank of Slovakia

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Comment by Illioplius on September 2, 2013 at 20:42

If you want to inform National Bank of Slovakia about your opinion of the winning design, please use these e-mail addresses:

I already wrote them.

Comment by Illioplius on September 2, 2013 at 19:11

The winning design lacks imagination and fantasy. Quite disappointing. Our coin designers aren't able to create abstract designs, I think...

Comment by Robi from Brussels on September 2, 2013 at 18:26
I cannot find any of the three design decent... :-/
Comment by Marian on September 2, 2013 at 17:08

Very very ugly,i don´t understand Slovak coins are usually nice,but anything related to EU is terrible.

Comment by Lukas Kvietok on September 2, 2013 at 14:41

I m ready to booking it for someone. Just PM me :) I think, that 3rd is best one :)

Comment by euroHOBBY on September 2, 2013 at 14:14

I am really disappointed, all the 3 designs are ugly but if I had to choose one then I would go for the 2nd

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