• 2 Euro 2016, Schön# 136, Slovakia, Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Slovakia
  • 2 Euro 2016, Schön# 136, Slovakia, Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Slovakia
Description

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.

The Slovak Presidency of the Council took place during the second half of 2016, taking over from Netherlands and passing it to Malta.

Obverse

Depicts the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic at its centre against a background of dynamic centripetal lines representing the position and importance of the Slovak Republic during its presidency in the Council of the European Union. To the right of the coat of arms of the Slovak Republic is the year “2016”. Around the edge of the inner circle are the country name “Slovakia” and the inscription “Slovak Presidency of the EU Council”, which are separated by graphical symbols. The mintmark of the Kremnica Mint, composed of the letters “MK” between two dies, and the stylised initials of the designer “VP”, are placed in the lower part of the composition. The coin´s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

The coat of arms of Slovakia consists of a shield, in early Gothic style, charged with a double cross standing on the middle peak of a dark blue mountain consisting of three peaks. Extremities of the cross are amplified, and its ends are concaved. The double cross is a symbol of its Christian faith and the hills represent three symbolic mountain ranges: Tatra, Fatra (made up of the Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra ranges), and Mátra (the last one is in northern Hungary).

Engraver: Vladimír Pavlica

·SLOVENSKO·
PREDSEDNÍCTVO SR V RADE EÚ
2016
MK
VP

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

Slovak Republic in Slovak with two stars and linden leaf between.

★ SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA ★

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Kremnica Mint (MK)

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