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2 euro FRANCE (2008) French Presidency in the EU Council

2 euro 2008 French Presidency in the EU Council - coins of France
2 euro 2008 French Presidency in the EU Council - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
on top of the coin year of issue 2008; below in four lines: PRÉSIDENCE / FRANÇAISE / UNION / EUROPÉENNE (French Presidency in the European Union); below letters: RF (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:
4 VIII 2008
withdrawal date:
in circulation
designer:
Philippe Starck, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter O in EURO in the reverse)
mint:
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Pessac (mint mark after RF in the obverse, next to it privy mark of mint's director Hubert Larivière - horn)
mintage:
2008 20 064 000 + 20 000 in boxed commemorative sets
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 Presidency of the EU Council is a six-month period of leading the Council of the European Union and representing the Union abroad. The commemorative coin of 2 euro from 2008 was issued to commemorate the Presidency of France in the second half of 2008.
last update: 20 XI 2013

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