2012 commemorative two euro coins Ten years of the Euro.
The inner part of the coin, designed by Helmut Andexlinger of the
Austrian Mint and chosen by citizens and residents of the euro area to
be the common commemorative coin for 2012, features the world in the
form of a euro symbol in the centre, showing how the euro has become a
true global player over the last ten years. The surrounding elements
symbolise the importance of the euro to ordinary people (represented by a
family group), to the financial world (the Eurotower), to trade (a
ship), to industry (a factory), and to the energy sector and research
and development (two wind turbines). The designer’s initials, “A.H.”,
can be found (if you look very carefully) between the ship and the
Eurotower. Along the upper and lower edges of the inner part of the coin
are, respectively, the country of issue and the years “2002 – 2012”.
The coin will be issued by all euro area countries. The coin’s outer
ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union.