The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) has issued its proof version of a €2 commemorative coin marking the 30th anniversary of the European Union’s flag, adopted in 1985.
The simple blue field with 12 yellow stars in a concentric circle symbolizes unity among the peoples of the European continent. In previous years, it had been suggested by some EU parliamentarians that an additional star be added for each new member state joining the Union; were this to have happened, last year’s addition of Croatia would have brought the number of stars on the flag up to 28. However, it was ultimately decided that the original design should be preserved, regardless of the number of countries included in the European Union.
The EU flag takes precedence when flags of member nations or regions are flown for state occasions or national events. The EU flag alone flies over all buildings that are part of EU governance, including the parliament in Strassbourg, France, and the headquarters of the European commission in Brussels, Belgium.
The coin, issued through the various Central Banks and authorities within the euro-zone, is designed by the Bank of Greece’s chief engraver, Georgios Stamatopoulos. It includes a stylized group of twelve people standing around the flag, hands joined. The name of the issuing country is positioned along the upper right of the rim, beside the commemorative years “1985 – 2015”. The reverse includes the design of the €2 circulating coin as introduced in 2002.
The proof version of this coin is included in a custom presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. For more information on this and other coins offered by the IPZS, please visit their Web site. Information is offered in Italian, with international orders dispatched where applicable.