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2 euro FRANCE (2007) 50th Anniversary of Roman Treaties

2 euro 2007 - 50th Anniversary of Roman Treaties - coins of France
2 euro 2007 - 50th Anniversary of Roman Treaties - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the coin centre an opened book of the Treaties of Rome; above: EUROPE; in the background paving of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome; below year of issue 2007; along the top edge in two lines: TRAITÉ DE ROME / 50 ANS (Treaty of Rome 50 years); along the bottom edge: RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE (French Republic); at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the coin centre face value: 2, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a map of Europe; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
reeded with concave inscription: edge of French 2 euro coins
issue date:
25 III 2007
withdrawal date:
in circulation
designer:
common proposal of European mints, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Pessac (mint mark before year of issue in the obverse, after year of issue privy mark of mint's director Hubert Larivière - horn)
mintage:
2007 9 406 875
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:
The design of the obverse of the coin commemorating 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome was selected in a result of the designing competition for European mints. The contest was settled by a three-person committee consisting of: Joaquín Almunia (Spanish, contemporary European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs), Pervenche Berès (French, contemporary European Parliament member) and Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourgish, contemporary President of the Eurogroup). It seems that none of the proposals impressed the committee, because eventually the official sources say that the coin obverse is the result of common work of all European mints.

The obverse shows the treaties signed by six founding members of the European Economic Community placed on a background of paving of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where on March 25, 1957 the treaties were signed. Above this motive an inscription "50 years of the Roman Treaties" and "Europe" as well as the name of the country were written in national languages of the issuing countries (or in Latin). Thus the inscriptions on the obverse differ from country to country, but the central motif stays the same.

The image of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome is used on another European coin - Italian 50 euro cent.

The book of the Treaties of Rome, a view of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and the Italian 50 euro cent obverse.

Roman Treaties book, Piazza de Campidoglio and Italian 50 euro cent coin
last update: 20 XI 2013

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