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2 euro FRANCE (2009) 10th Anniversary of Economic and Monetary Union

2 euro 2009 - 10th Anniversary of Economic and Monetary Union - coins of France
2 euro 2009 - 10th Anniversary of Economic and Monetary Union - 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 irregular stylised planchet of an ancient coin; inside it a concave figure of a man, whose arm is a part of a euro currency symbol ; above year of issue 2009; along the top edge: RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE (French Republic); along the bottom edge: UEM 1999-2009 (L'UNION ÉCONOMIQUE ET MONÉTAIRE 1999-2009 - Economic and Monetary Union 1999-2009); 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:
1 I 2009
withdrawal date:
in circulation
designer:
Γεώργιος Σταματόπουλος (concave initials ΓΣ above the date 2009 on the obverse), Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
(Georgios Stamatopoulos, Luc Luycx)
mint:
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Pessac (mint mark before UEM in the obverse, after year of issue 2009 privy mark of mint's director Hubert Larivière - horn)
mintage:
2009 10 060 000 + 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:
In the contests for a design of a coin commemorating 10th anniversary of the Economic and Monetary Union, the proposal of George Stamatopoulos from the Central Bank of Greece has won the internet voting. He proposed the idea of a coin on a coin, which he had used previously on a Greek national obverse of 1 euro coins. There he introduced an irregularly struck Greek coin of 4 drachmas from 5th century BC. This time he designed by himself a coin pretending to be ancient. All euro zone members issued a coin with the same motif on the obverse. Let's meet the other finalists.

The final desings of 2 euro commemorative coin from 2009
last update: 20 XI 2013

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