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 design 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 ‘RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE’ and the years ‘1985-2015’. At the right side, in between the flag and the years are the mint mark and the mint master mark. 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.