The euro is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This stamp, titled "10 years of the euro", honours the currency which symbolises the unity of the European Union.
Euro banknotes and coins were put into circulation on 1 January 2002. The euro is legal currency in 17 countries in the euro zone.
In February 1996, the European Monetary Institute, the predecessor of the ECB (European Central Bank), launched a competition to design euro coins and notes. A jury of independent experts in marketing, style and art history assessed all the submitted projects. The people of Europe also gave their opinion via a survey.
Based on the results, the Council of the Monetary Institute chose the winning proposal in December 1996, a series of designs based on the theme "Eras and styles in Europe" by Robert Kalina, a graphic design artist at the Austrian National Bank in Vienna.
Unlike the euro banknotes, which are identical in every country of the euro zone, the coins have a European and a national side. They bear the symbols of the participating countries and represent the unity of the EU.
Luc Luycx, of the Monnaie Royale de Belgique (Belgian Royal Mint), won the European contest organised to select the graphic design elements for the European sides, which also indicate the value of the coin.
Production of euro banknotes began in July 1999 at fifteen printers of the European Union. On 1 January 2002, an initial supply of 14.9 billion notes – enough to cover an area of 15,000 football fields – were printed for the twelve countries of the euro zone.
About 52 billion coins, with a face value of 15.75 billion euros, were minted in sixteen European mints. This required 250,000 tonnes of metal.
|Stamp price:||0,85 €|
|Layout :||M&V Concept, Luxembourg (L)|
|Printing:||Offset lithography + 3 PMS colours + embossing by Cartor Security Print SA, La Loupe (F)|
|Format :||35 x 35 mm, 10 stamps per sheet with decorated border.|