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Document C2021/476/03

New national side of euro coins intended for circulation 2021/C 476/03


OJ C 476, 26.11.2021, p. 3–3 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 476/3

New national side of euro coins intended for circulation

(2021/C 476/03)

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National side of the new commemorative 2-euro coin intended for circulation and issued by Slovakia

Euro coins intended for circulation have legal tender status throughout the euro area. For the purpose of informing the public and all parties who handle the coins, the Commission publishes a description of the designs of all new coins (1). In accordance with the Council conclusions of 10 February 2009 (2), euro-area Member States and countries that have concluded a monetary agreement with the European Union providing for the issuing of euro coins are allowed to issue commemorative euro coins intended for circulation, provided that certain conditions are met, particularly that only the 2-euro denomination is used. These coins have the same technical characteristics as other 2-euro coins, but their national face features a commemorative design that is highly symbolic in national or European terms.

Issuing country: Slovakia

Subject of commemoration: The 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Dubček

Description of the design: The design depicts a left-profile portrait of Alexander Dubček, a leading Slovak politician whose attempt to introduce liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia in 1968 became known as the Prague Spring. Inscribed along the left edge of the coin’s inner circle is the name of the issuing country ‘SLOVENSKO’. Overlying the lower part of the portrait is the name ‘Alexander Dubček’, first name above surname, and below it are the dates of his birth ‘1921’ and death ‘1992’, one above the other. At the right edge is the year of issuance ‘2021’, and below it is the mint mark of the Kremnica Mint (Mincovňa Kremnica), consisting of the letters ‘MK’ placed between two dies. Next to the bottom right edge are the stylised initials ‘BR’, referring to the national side’s designer Branislav Ronai.

The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

Number of coins to be issued: 1 000 000

Date of issue: November 2021

(1)  See OJ C 373, 28.12.2001, p. 1 for the national faces of all the coins issued in 2002.

(2)  See the conclusions of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 10 February 2009 and the Commission Recommendation of 19 December 2008 on common guidelines for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation (OJ L 9, 14.1.2009, p. 52).