European Commission chooses Greek design for commemorative euro coin

The European Commission has picked a Greek design for a special coin marking the 30th anniversary of EU's official flag, it was announced on Thursday.

The two-euro coin designed by Georgios Stamatopoulos of the Bank of Greece was chosen by 30 pct of 100,000 voters in an online competition launched by the European Commission.

The front side of the coin features human shapes dancing in a circle around the EU's 12-starred flag. Stamatopoulos said the design "represents twelve stars that morph into human figures embracing the birth of a new Europe."

According to the Commission, around 75 million of the coins will be produced for use in the 19 countries that use the European single currency from the second half of the year.

This is the fourth time eurozone states have issued a common commemorative coin, with previous versions in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that founded the EU, in 2008 to mark 10 years of monetary union and in 2012 to mark a decade of euro notes and coins.

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