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TURKISH EURO

 

A FLIPBOOK ABOUT THE TURKISH EURO PROJECT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE

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The ‘Turkish Euro’ project started in 2010 as a way to stimulate the discussion about the eventual accession of Turkey to the European Union.
1000 Turkish Euro coins were minted at the Turkish State Mint in Istanbul. One side of the coin is almost similar to a regular Euro coin
but shows the map of Europe  including Turkey and a question mark instead of a number.
The other side shows the flags of Turkey and Europe, and the text EMBRACE THE DIFFERENCES – FARKLARI KUCAKLAYIN.

Most of the coins were spread on the streets during several exhibitons in Turkey and the Netherlands. Finders keepers!
The rest was distributed among Turkish and Dutch politicians, diplomats and other persons who are involved with Turkey-EU relations.

The project was supported by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB).

Other Turkish Euro works: a collage of 200 photo’s and a video  of the coin going ‘down the drain’, a necklace and two headbands.

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Galeri Kara, Ankara. Exhibition ‘Parallel Tracks’, April 2011. 100 coins spread in the surrounding streets.



‘Down the Drain’, photo collage (detail)

 
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‘Happy Days’, 2012. Headbands made with Turkish Eurocoins, scarves with mixed pattern of Turkish and European flags

 

DE BEELDENAAR
Article in numismatic magazine ‘De Beeldenaar’, June 2013