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2 euro FRANCE (2012) 10 Years of Euro in Circulation

2 euro 2012 - 10 Years of Euro in Circulation - coins of France
2 euro 2012 - 10 Years of Euro in Circulation - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the centre a concave symbol of the euro currency inscribed into a globe; around the globe several simplified pictographs symbolising society and industry; along the top edge: RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE (French Republic); along the bottom edge dates 2002 2012; 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:
2 I 2012
withdrawal date:
in circulation
designer:
Helmut Andexlinger (concave initials A.H. on the globe surface above the date 2002 on the obverse), 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 after FRANÇAISE in the obverse, after year of issue 2012 privy mark of mint's director Yves Sampo - rosette)
mintage:
2012 10 000 000 + 10 000 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:
On January 1st, 1999 euro [EUR] became an official (although virtual) currency in 11 countries of the European Union. The first coins were minted already in 1999, but real money entered circulation only on January 1, 2002. In the competition for an obverse design commemorating this fact, the proposal of Helmut Andexlinger from Austrian Mint has won. All of the euro-zone countries issued coins with the same obverse motif. Let's meet defeated finalists of the voting for the best commemorative design.

The final designs of 2 euro commemorative coin from 2012
last update: 20 XI 2013

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