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2 euro FRANCE (2012) Abbé Pierre

2 euro 2012 Abbé Pierre - coins of France
2 euro 2012 Abbé Pierre - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
in the coin centre a bust of Abbot Pierre facing slightly right; on the left stylised letters: RF (RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE - French Republic); on the right logo stylised to logo of Abbé Pierre foundation with a difference that the figure in a coat is surrounded by multiple times repeated life motto of the priest: ET LES AUTRES? (And the others?); below year of issue 2012; along the top edge: CENTENAIRE DE LA NAISSANCE DE L'ABBE PIERRE (centenary of birth of Abbé Pierre); at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
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)
reeded with concave inscription: edge of French 2 euro coins
issue date:
13 VII 2012
withdrawal date:
in circulation
???, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter O in EURO in the reverse)
Paris Mint mark La Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint), Pessac (mint mark before CENTENAIRE in the obverse, below the year of issue privy mark of mint's director Yves Sampo - rosette)
2012 1 000 000 + 500 in annual boxed sets
+ 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:
Abbé Pierre (literally Abbot Peter) and actually Henri Marie Joseph Grouès (1912-2007) was a French Catholic priest who dedicated his life to helping the poorest. During the war he was active in the resistance under various pseudonyms, among which was also "Abbé Pierre". This nickname stuck to him after the war. In 1949, he founded an association of Emmaus, which took care of the French homeless, and soon after expanded to the whole world. In 1992 he created the Abbé Pierre Foundation, which also helps the homeless. In 2012 the foundation was therefore, celebrating its 20th anniversary and the whole France was celebrating the centenary of the birth of Abbé Pierre, what marks this commemorative coin of 2 euro from 2012.

Abbé Pierre and the logo of his foundation.

Abbé Pierre
last update: 20 XI 2013

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