French euro coins

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French euro coins feature three separate designs for the three series of coins. The minor series was designed by Fabienne Courtiade, the middle one by Laurent Jorio and the major two coins are by Joaquin Jimenez. All designs share the 12 stars of the EU and the year of imprint as well as the letters "RF" for République Française (French Republic).

French euro design[edit]

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.

Depiction of French euro coinage | Obverse side
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Portrait of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic.
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The sower, a theme carried over from the former franc.
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A stylised tree contained in a hexagon with the motto Liberté Egalité Fraternité

Circulating Mintage quantities[edit]

The following table shows the mintage quantity for all French euro coins, per denomination, per year (the numbers are represented in millions).[1]

Face Value €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 CC
1999 794.02 702.07 616.19 447.25 454.29 105.75 301.05 56.69 *
2000 605.23 510.12 280.06 297.43 148.95 179.50 297.27 171.12 *
2001 300.65 249.07 217.29 144.48 256.31 276.25 150.22 237.92 *
2002 0.11 0.009 186.28 206.65 192.00 226.38 129.32 153.61 *
2003 160.02 160.39 100.98 180.72 * * * * *
2004 400.03 300.02 60.16 1.47 * * * * *
2005 240.21 260.19 20.17 45.05 * * * * *
2006 343.01 283.17 132.05 60.22 * * * * *
2007 320.14 213.22 130.06 90.10 40.16 * * * 9.406875
2008 462.67 386.53 218.23 178.71 25.54 * * * 20.064
2009 437.32 343.12 184.71 142.71 82.66 * * * 10.06
2010 335.00 277.00 184.00 76.00 108.00 * * * 20.0
2011 320.118 250.128 144.9 99.878 54.936 * * 36.024 10.032
2012 358.566 277.668 139.104 77.357 * * * 36.936 11.058

* No coins were minted that year for that denomination
** Data not available yet
*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Future changes to national sides[edit]

The Commission of the European Communities issued a recommendation on 19 December 2008, a common guideline for the national sides and the issuance of euro coins intended for circulation. One section of this recommendation stipulates that:

Article 4. Design of the national sides:
"The national side of the euro coins intended for circulation should bear the 12 European stars that should fully surround the national design, including the year mark and the indication of the issuing Member State's name. The European stars should be depicted as on the European flag."

Since French euro coins have part of the national design outside of the 12 stars of the union, a new design on the French euro coins is expected in the near future to comply with these new guidelines, although nothing has officially been announced yet.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Circulating Mintage quantities". Henning Agt. Retrieved 22 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Recommendation of 19 December 2008 on common guidelines for the national side of euro coins". The Euro Information Website. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 

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