|The Official Blister 2012 contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros, as well as a commemorative 2 euro coin celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Euro and a bimetallic 3 euro coin commemorating the centenary of Slovenia's first Olympic medal.
On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the European Union. The introduction of the euro cash was an unprecedented challenge, but it went smoothly, and billions of banknotes and coins started to circulate in a matter of days. Five more Member States adopted the euro in later years, so a total of 17 Member States – and 332 million people – use the currency as of 2011. It has become a symbol of Europe, and the banknotes and coins have become a part of european citizens daily lives.
Slovenian euro coins, first issued for circulation on 1 January 2007, feature a unique design for each coin. The selection process for the coins started in April 2004, involving preliminary discussions with numismatists, designers and experts. The general public was also invited to participate in a public tender concerning proposals of motifs.