The design submitted by the Bank of Greece mint, the work of sculptor George Stamatopoulos, has been chosen for a commemorative two-euro coin to be issued by all Eurozone countries in 2009 to mark 10 years since the circulation of the euro. The winning design was announced by the European Commission on Monday and was chosen by EU citizens through an Internet vote.
The anniversary coin will go into circulation in January 2009 and was chosen by voters from five finalist designs. Forty-two designs were originally submitted, and they were narrowed down by the directors of European mints from 42 designs. The winning design received 41.48 percent of the vote that more than 141,500 participated in.
According to a Commission announcement, the commemorative coin for the 10th anniversary since the creation of the euro symbolizes the long history of trade, from pre-historic barter - evoked by the deliberately primitive design - to the Economic and Monetary Union, while roughly 90 million copies of the coin will be minted.
Source: Athens News Agency