A new two-euro coin to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the European Union's flag will show a design by a Greek engraver. But the coin may last longer than Greece's membership in the euro zone.
Greek central bank engraver George Stamatopoulos on Thursday won a competition to design the logo of a commemorative two-euro coin.
His proposal had been preselected by a jury alongside designs from Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Cyprus.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the EU flag, Stamatopoulos' entry depicts 12 people forming a human chain around that flag with the 12 gold stars on a blue background.
The design was chosen by 30 percent of 100,000 voters in an online competition by the European Commission.
Its Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said the coin celebrated a key moment of the adoption of the flag as the EU's official emblem.
"I welcome the winning design by the Bank of Greece and the participation of tens of thousands of Europeans in its selection," Dombrovskis said in a statement.
About 75 million of the two-euro coins will circulate in eurozone nations, starting in July. But as Greece's new hard-left government keeps struggling to get another shot in the arm from its creditors, fears are growing the country may eventually drop out of the euro area.
The new two-euro coin would then become commemorative in one more way, economists quipped.
hg/sri (AFP, Reuters)