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NBS puts into circulation a commemorative 2 euro coin

Národná banka Slovenska (NBS) announces that on 10 November 2009 (Tuesday) it will start to exchange the commemorative 2 euro coin issued with the inscription „17th November – Day of the Fight for Freedom and Democracy – 20th anniversary”.

The national side of the euro coin – as a symbol of democracy – shows a stylized bell composed of a bunch of keys. The designer of the national side of the euro coin is Pavol Károly, and the Kremnica Mint, š.p. has minted one million of these coins.

In the event of interest the NBS will exchange valid euro banknotes and coins for the comemorative 2 euro coins, but to a limited extent, no more than 50 coins per one person. NBS will exchange the coins in the Head Office cash desks in Bratislava and in sub-branches in Nové Zámky, Trenčín, Banská Bystrica, Žilina, Poprad, Košice and Bratislava during working hours.

Each country of the euro area can also issue -in addition to coins in current circulation- collectors´ coins and commemorative coins in the nominal value of EUR 2. (two euros). Commemorative coins are valid tender in all countries of the euro area, while collectors´ coins are valid tender only in the territory of the member state which issued the coins.

The commemorative euro coin has the status of valid tender in the whole euro area, i.e. it can be used in a common payment system and has to be accepted like other euro coins.

Národná banka Slovenska placed its first commemorative 2 euro coin in circulation in January 2009 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Economic and Monetary Union. The design of this commemorative coin was common to all countries of the euro area and was issued by all countries of the euro area.

More information:

Jana Kováčová
Spokesperson of the NBS

National Bank of Slovakia
Communications Section
Imricha Karvasa 1, 813 25 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel.: +421-2-5787 2168,+421-2-5865 2168, +421-2-5787 2169, 421-2-5865 2169

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