Irish Coin Daily: Ireland Special €2 commemorative (30th anniversary of the EU flag) 2015

The Irish Coin Cabinet, The Old Currency Exchange, Coin Dealer, Dublin, Ireland

Date: 2015

2015 Ireland - Special €2 commemorative coin (30th anniversary of the EU flag)

2015 Ireland – Special €2 commemorative coin (30th anniversary of the EU flag)


In July 2015, the 19 euro-area countries jointly issued a commemorative euro coin celebrating 30 years of the EU flag. Regardless of the country, it bears the same design on the national side, normally reserved for a motif specific to that country.

This is the fourth time the euro-area members have decided to collectively issue a commemorative coin:

  • The first (2007) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
  • The second (2009) when sixteen countries commemorated 10 years of the EMU
  • The third (2012) to mark 10 years of euro cash.

As per the 2012 design competition: a professional jury short-listed five coin designs from a total of 62 designs submitted by Euro area mints. Euro-area citizens and residents were invited to select the winning design by public web-voting until 27 May 2015.

  • The winning designer was declared to be Georgios Stamatopoulos (Bank Of Greece)
    • 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.
    • His design was chosen by 30% of 100,000 voters in the online competition by the European Commission.
    • Its Vice President, Valdis Dombrovskis, said
      • “The coin celebrates a key moment of the adoption of the flag as the EU’s official emblem.”

Bimetallic (Nk/Ng)

  • Outer Ring:
    • Cupro-nickel (75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core)
  • Centre:
    • Nickel brass (75% copper – 20% zinc – 5% nickel)
  • Diameter: 25.75 mm
  • Thickness: 2.2 mm
  • Weight: 8.5 g

Mintage: 1,000,000 pieces

  • Issue date: July 2015


  • The central design shows the EU flag as a symbol that unites people and cultures with shared visions and ideals for a better common future. Twelve stars that morph into human figures are embracing the birth of a new Europe
  • Top right, in semi-circle, are the issuing country “éIRe” and the years “1985-2015”
  • Bottom right are the initials of the artist (Georgios Stamatopoulos) in Greek  “ΓΣ “
  • The coin’s outer cupro-nickel ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union’s flag


  • Designed by Luc Luycx and displays a map of Europe, not including Iceland and cutting off, in a semicircle, at the Bosporus, north through the middle of Ukraine and Belarus and through northern Scandinavia.
    • Cyprus is located further west than it should be
    • Malta is shown disproportionately large so it appears on the map
    • The map has numerous indentations giving an appearance of geography rather than a flat design. Six fine lines cut across the map except where there is landmass and have a star at each end – reflecting the twelve stars on the flag of Europe
  • Across the map is the word EURO
  • A large number 2 appears to the left hand side of the coin
  • The designer’s initials, LL, appear next to Cyprus


Ireland - Special €2 commemorative coin (incuse edge design)

Ireland – Special €2 commemorative coin (incuse edge design)           2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 **

  • Fine milled
  • Edge lettering
    • Combination of the number 2 and ** repeated six times


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