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2 euro FRANCE (2013) Élysée Treaty

2 euro 2013 Élysée Treaty - coins of France
2 euro 2013 Élysée Treaty - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
in the coin centre in four lines: 50 / ANS / JAHRE / 2013 (50 years in French and German and year of issue); on the left head of Charles de Gaulle facing slightly right with his signature below; on the right head of Konrad Adenaeuer facing slightly left with his signature below; below the head letters: RF (RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE - French Republic); on top of the coin in two lines: TRAITÉ / L'ÉLYSÉE, on the bottom in two lines: ÉLYSÉE- / VERTRAG (Élysée Treaty in French and German); 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:
22 I 2013
withdrawal date:
in circulation
Yves Sampo, Stefanie Lindner, 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 under de Gaulle's ear in the obverse, under Adenauer's ear privy mark of mint's director Yves Sampo - rosette)
2013 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:
Commemorative coin with face value of 2 euro from 2013 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty on Franco-German cooperation. The treaty assumed regular summits of state authorities, during which there will be consulted cooperation in the field of foreign policy, defense, culture and education. This treaty was signed in the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 22, 1963, barely 18 years after World War II, and after centuries of military rivalry between Germany and France. The Treaty was thus a symbol of reconciliation between nations and a milestone in the process of unification of Europe in the European Union

Signing of the Elysée Treaty. Sitting from left to right: Minister Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, President Charles de Gaulle, Prime Minister Georges Pompidou and Minister Maurice Couve de Murville.

Signing of the Elysée Treaty
photo: Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive);
author: Jens Gathmann; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0

In order to emphasize that the Franco-German cooperation still continues after 50 years, also this coin is designed and issued together. The obverse picture is the joint work of a Frenchman and a German woman, and the final result was issued separately by France and by Germany on the same day. Issues differ from each other only by the names of issuers, mint marks and edge inscriptions.

2 euro 2013 Elysée Treaty - coins of Germany
last update: 26 I 2014

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