The euro became the official currency for participating countries on Jan. 1, 1999. Next year marks its 10-year anniversary and to celebrate a special commemorative 2-euro coin with a common design will be issued in early 2009 throughout all the euro-area countries.
The 2-euro design process has already begun. Mints of the euro area put together their best designs in a competitive challenge. Mint Directors then judged the designs and selected their top five. Using these five designs, EU citizens and residents can now vote and select the winner. The final selection is simple. The design that receives the most public votes wins.
When and where to vote for the next 2-euro coin design
Voting started Thursday, Jan. 31, and lasts through Feb. 22, 2008. Only one vote can be cast per person, which is verified through online registration that takes just a few seconds. To vote and help choose the new 2-euro coin design, visit the EU website page,
The winning design will be announced Feb. 25, 2008. In addition to helping in the selection of the next 2-euro coin, participants are automatically entered for a chance to win a set of high-value euro collector coins.