The inventor of the symbol of the new European banknote is named Arthur Eisenmenger, a German designer born in 1914 who today lives in a hospice in Eislingen (Germany).
In 1975, shortly before retiring, he was the head of the graphic department of the European Community and received the task of designing a symbol to identify Europe itself. Thus he sent the proposal to the European Commission in Brussels, having been locked up in drawers for twenty years, until in 1997 Jacques Santer presented it to the press all over the world for the first time.
To date, Arthur Eisenmenger has received no official recognition for the creation of the euro symbol.
His artistic creations include the European flag and the CE mark.
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