To celebrate thirty years of the EU flag, euro-area Finance Ministers decided that euro-area Member States would strike a 2-euro commemorative coin using a common design on the national side. Euro-area citizens and residents have selected by public web-voting the winning design. Voters had a choice of five designs, which had been pre-selected by a professional jury following a design competition among European Mints, and they choose the design created by Mr Georgios Stamatopoulos, professional designer at the Bank of Greece.
The designs shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe. At the top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country in the three national languages ‘BELGIE-BELGIQUE-BELGIEN’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years are the mint master mark and the mint mark, a helmeted profile of the archangel Michael. At the bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos).
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.