€10 silver collector coin

The first Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

From 1 July to 31 December 2016, Slovakia will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. This will be the first time that Slovakia has held the presidency. As the presiding state it will lead negotiations on new European legislation and current political issues. Its main role inside the EU Council will be to seek compromises on European policies among the Member States and outwardly it will represent the Member States in relations with other European institutions. The main activity in the presidency is presiding over the preparatory bodies (working groups and committees of the EU Council) and sectoral ministerial formations of the EU Council. For six months the Slovak representatives will be acting on behalf of the governments of the 28 Member States of the EU, which is home to more than 500 million inhabitants. At the same time, a number of meetings on the high political and expert level will be held in Slovakia. The presidency is also expected to bring increased coverage of Slovakia and Slovak culture in international media and to have a positive impact on the country's image.

Description of the coin

Obverse:

Obverse:

The obverse side of the coin is dominated by 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 of the Council of the European Union. To the right of the coat of arms is the year “2016”. Around the edge is the country name “SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA” (Slovak Republic), which is separated by graphical symbols from the denomination of the coin “10 EURO”. The mintmark of the Kremnica Mint, “MK”, and the stylized initials of the coin’s designer, Vladimír Pavlica, “VP”, are placed in the lower part of the composition.


 

Reverse:

Reverse:

The reverse side of the coin features an impression of the Bratislava castle with waves symbolising the river Danube against a background of dynamic centripetal lines. In a circle around the edge of the coin, the inscription “PREDSEDNÍCTVO” (Presidency) is separated by graphical symbols from the inscription “SR V RADE EÚ” (of Slovakia of the Council of the EU).

Coin’s data

Designer: Vladimír Pavlica
Material: Ag 900, Cu 100
Weight: 18 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Edge: inscription: „1. JÚL 2016 – 31. DECEMBER 2016“ (1 July 2016 – 31 December 2016)
Producer: Kremnica Mint
Engraver: Filip Čerťaský
Number of pieces minted:

brilliant uncirculated quality: 2,600
proof quality: 5,600

Issuing date: 14 June 2016

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