2 euros 2016 Slovakia – Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU


UNC 2 euros coin
Coins: Diameter – 25.75mm Thickness – 2.2mm Weight – 8.5gr 75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core
Mintage: 1 000 000 pieces


In April 2015, Národná banka Slovenska announced a public competition for the design of the national side of a 2 euro commemroative coin marking Slovakia’s first Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

A total of 24 designs from 13 designers participated in the competition and in June 2015 the designs were evaluated anonymously by a committee, assisted by expert consultants: Elena Mallicková and Ondrej Gažovič European Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Slovakia.

Vladimír Pavlica’s design won first prize and the Committee praised it for its clear composition. The coin depicts the national emblem of the Slovak Republic and on the background dynamic centripetal lines representing the position and the importance of the Slovak Republic during his first presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The second prize was awarded to the same designer, who sumbtted a very similar variation of his first design. 

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the member states of the EU every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but rather the position is held by a national government. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the President of the European Union. The presidency’s function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions.