The winning design of the new commemorative euro coin announced

The new 2-euro commemorative euro coin will have a design which 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, trade, industry and energy.

The contest launched by the European Commission at the end of April, invited citizens of all euro-area countries of the euro area to submit designs via a dedicated website during a three-week period in May. The main aim of this contest is to celebrate the 10 years of euro banknotes and coins. This is the third time that all euro-area countries have issued 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.

A professional jury selected five from among the more than 800 designs submitted and then, close to 35,000 participated in the vote. The winning design received 34% of the votes and it was created by Mr Helmut Andexlinger who is a professional designer at the Austrian Mint. It 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 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.