1. What is the theme of the design competition?

In January 2012 it will be 10 years since euro banknotes and coins were introduced and the euro became a physical reality for citizens. To celebrate this, all 17 euro-area Member States will issue a commemorative circulation coin at the beginning of 2012, bearing a common design on the national side.

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) is organising a competition to select the design.


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2. Who can participate?


Citizens of an EU Member State whose currency is the euro and who are at least 12 years old by the end of 2011 may submit design proposals.

The staff and the families of those involved in the screening and pre-selection of designs may not submit design proposals. This includes the staff of the Tipik Consortium and their families and staff of DG ECFIN.A5 and DG ECFIN.E3 and their families as well as all members of the pre-selection jury and their families.


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Submit your idea!

In January 2012 it will be 10 years since euro banknotes and coins were introduced and the euro became a physical reality for citizens. To celebrate this, all 17 euro-area Member States have decided to issue a commemorative 2-euro coin intended for circulation with a common design on the national side.

If you are a citizen of an EU Member State whose currency is the euro and you are or will be at least 12 years old by the end of 2011, you can submit your design proposal via this website between 29 April and 20 May (for more information go to Submit your design).

People who are citizens of, or who live in, an EU Member State whose currency is the euro will be able to vote for the winner from a selection of entries chosen by a professional jury (for more information go to Vote).

If your design proposal wins, you will see the design you created, and your initials, on millions of euro coins that will circulate in all euro-area Member States from next year. In addition, you will be awarded a high-value collector's set of euro coins.


Over 330 million people in 17 EU countries now use the euro. A common currency makes many things easier, such as comparing prices between countries, travelling and trade (charges for changing money and exchange rate fluctuations having been eliminated). It also reinforces the need for sound economic and financial policies.

Euro coins intended for circulation have one side common to all countries and a national side that depicts subjects such as historical figures, symbols or reigning monarchs. Individual Member States may also issue commemorative coins intended for circulation with a specific design to celebrate events of major national or European relevance. This is the third time that all euro-area Member States have joined together to issue a euro coin with the same shared design on the national side. The first such joint commemorative coin was issued in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome in 2007 and the second in 2009 to celebrate ten years of Economic and Monetary Union and the creation of the euro as a virtual entity, three years before its appearance in physical form.

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

For more information on euro coins, including commemorative coins – common or national – go to
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http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/euro/cash/coins/index_en.htm



“10 Years of the Euro”

Design the common 2-euro coin to commemorate 10 years of euro cash