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5 euro cent FRANCE (from 1999)

5 euro cent from 1999 - coins of France
5 euro cent from 1999 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
21.25 mm 3.92 g 1.67 mm steel Cu-plated
obverse:
in the coin centre personification of France - head of Marianne facing slightly left; on the right stylised letters: RF (RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE - French Republic); below year of issue; at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the coin centre face value: 5, on the top right in two lines: EURO / CENT; below the globe with a view to Europe; in the background diagonally six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
plain
issue date:
1 I 2002
withdrawal date:
in circulation
designer:
Fabienne Courtiade (signature F.COURTIADE along the edge after year of issue in the obverse), Luc Luycx (initials LL on the right side of the globe in the reverse)
mint:
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Pessac (mint mark above the first digits of year of issue in the obverse, above the last digits of year of issue privy mark of mint's director Pierre Rodier - bee - in years 1999-2000, or Gérard Buquoy - horseshoe - in years 2001-2002, or Serge Levet - heart - in 2003, or Hubert Larivière - horn - in years 2004-2010, or Yves Sampo - rosette - from 2011)

mint marks
mintage:
1999 616 192 000 bee + 35 000 in annual boxed sets
2000 280 064 000 bee + 35 000 in annual boxed sets
2001 217 289 477 horseshoe + 35 000 in annual boxed sets
2002 186 283 000 horseshoe + 165 290 in annual boxed sets
2003 100 977 000 heart + 242 342 in annual boxed sets
2004 60 162 000 horn + 160 000 in annual boxed sets
2005 20 174 000 horn + 120 000 in annual boxed sets
2006 132 049 000 horn + 80 000 in annual boxed sets
2007 130 062 000 horn + 60 000 in annual boxed sets
2008 218 232 000 horn + 60 000 in annual boxed sets
2009 184 710 000 horn + 60 000 in annual boxed sets
2010 184 000 000 horn + 55 500 in annual boxed sets
2011 145 000 000 rosette + 45 500 in annual boxed sets
2012 139 000 000 rosette + 42 000 in annual boxed sets
2013 142 000 000 rosette + 28 000 in annual boxed sets
2014 130 000 000 rosette + 28 000 in annual boxed sets
2015 97 000 000 rosette + 28 000 in annual boxed sets
varieties:
1999 - between stars and the lower edge of the reverse squares or rectangles like in reverses of coins with face value 2 euro cent

coin variety
mint marks:
Privy marks of the general engravers of the Mint of Paris, which can be found on French coins produced after 1944:
Lucien Bazor 1931-1958 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint wing
Raymond Joly 1958-1974 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint owl
Emile Rousseau 1974-1994 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint dolphin
Pierre Rodier 1994-2000 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint bee
Gérard Buquoy 2001-2002 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint horseshoe
Serge Levet 2003 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint heart
Hubert Larivière 2004-2010 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint horn
Yves Sampo from 2011 privy mark of the engraver of the Paris Mint rosette
interesting facts:
Marianne - the allegory of Liberty - the symbol of the culture and the national emblem of France. Her images adorn not only coins, but also stamps, state seals, institutions logos, courts of law. Marianne is presented mostly in the Phrygian cap (cap of liberty). Many monuments and paintings were devoted to her. She is often armed leading the French people to fight for liberty, equality and fraternity. Marianne's image changed over the years. Anonymous Marianne was represented by faces of movie stars such as Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Deneuve. Below the official logo of France and the French government.

Marianne - the symbol of France

The Paris Mint (La Monnaie de Paris) dating back to the 6th century is the oldest French institution, and some would say - oldest institution in the world. The mint office is located in the center of Paris in a complex called Hotel des Monnaies, which was opened on December 20, 1775. A cornucopia is the symbol placed on any coin minted by the Paris Mint from January 1, 1880. The second character visible on coins was a symbol of the general engraver (Graveur general). The tradition of this job dates back to 1547 when Henry II of Valois appointed a general engraver as the only person authorized to create the king's portrait. Only the design prepared by the general engraver could have been copied to the coins stamps in national mints. Starting from 2001, the heads of engravers workshop in the Paris Mint do not hold this traditional title anymore, but their privy marks still appear on French coins next to the mint mark.

The name of the French mint - La Monnaie de Paris - suggests that the plant producing coins is located in the French capital. This is however, only the company name and factories were placed in various French cities. At the moment, the only place producing coins of France (and of some other countries) is Pessac near Bordeaux.
last update: 12 VIII 2015

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