Thursday, January 4, 2007

Euros 2007 - New common designs

The designs of euro coins will change slightly in 2007. Based on the decision taken by the Ecofin Council in June 2005, coins minted from the beginning of 2007 will have new common and national sides.

Amendments to the common sides concern the maps presented on the coins. The map on the current 1 and 2 euro coins illustrates the European Union as one entity, whereas the map on the current 10, 20 and 50 cent coins illustrates the EU as a group of separate states. However, these maps only comprise the 15 old EU Member States. After the introduction of the euro the EU enlarged by 10 new countries in 2004, and a further two countries, Romania and Bulgaria, will join at the beginning of 2007. The maps on the coins will be amended to cover the whole of Europe.

Amendments to the common sides will affect the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins as well as the 1 and 2 euro coins. By contrast, the common sides of the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins are not affected. The map on these coins shows Europe in relation to Africa and Asia on a globe.

The national sides of euro coins will be amended so that each issuing Member State will add its name or abbreviation on the coins. Amendments to the national sides affect all denominations of euro coins. Each euro area Member State will decide on the schedule for the introduction of their new coins.

The old and new design for the 10 euro cents coin:

The old and new design for the 1 euro coin:

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