Details relating to the Joint EU Commemorative of 2012.
Issue Date: 02.01.2012
Number Minted: 75,000,000
Mint Mark : Various
This is the third joint commemorative where all the existing members of both the EU and the Euro zone issued at the same time basically the same coin, differing only in the issuing country designation.
A slight exception to this is Luxembourg where the law requires that all coins show the head of the reigning grand duke.
Although the physical euro coins only came into circulation at the beginning of 2002, the Euro was used by the financial institutions from 1st January 1999.
The joint issue of 2009 therefore commemorates the actual establishment of the Euro, whereas this coin commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Euro as a physical cash currency used in everyday transactions by Europe's citizens.
Five designs were created to celebrate the 10th anniversary and EU citizens could vote online to select one of these designs. Over 35.000 EU citizens voted and the design adopted was that of the Austrian Helmut Andexlinger.
The Euro sign is shown partially surrounding a globe representing the earth. This symbolizes the rise of the Euro to an international currency. The people on the globe represent the EU population.
The ship stands for trade, the building with the Euro sign for the financial world. Industry is represented by a factory and progress by some wind turbines.
The mint mark is seen just after the year 2012 at around five o’clock.
I have shown above four coins as representative of all. Coins with both the normal latin script and the Hellenic script are shown and of couse Luxembourg is shown as this coin differs slightly because of the reasons set out above.
In the Luxembourg coin the head of the grand duke can be seen superimposed on the globe.