A special €2 coin with a single national design has been issued by all euro area Member States to mark the 35th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, a student exchange programme established in 1987.
The Erasmus Programme ("EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students") is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987. Erasmus+, or Erasmus Plus, is the new programme combining all the EU's current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, which was started in January 2014.
Coin design competition
The European Commission organised an open competition for the design of the joint €2 commemorative coin.
The coin, designed by Joaquin Jimenez, General Engraver at Monnaie de Paris, was selected after receiving more than 22,000 public votes (out of 72,000 voters). In total, there were 70 submissions of coin designs for the competition.