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Announced issue: The 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944

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Description: In the coinʼs central field the word D-DAY is written in such a way as to depict a landing craft and a tank gun barrel. The years 1944-2014 appear above the tank gun, with the inscription ʻ70e anniversaire du débarquementʼ (70th anniversary of the landings) further down. The distinctive footprints left by the boots worn by American, British and Canadian troops are gradually disappearing in the sand, washed away by a wave. The words of a poem by Verlaine used as a code for the start of the landings are engraved on the wave: ʻLes sanglots longs des violons de l'automne blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotoneʼ (the long sobs of the violins of autumn wound my heart with a monotonous languor).
Issuing volume:  3 million coins
Date of issue: June 2014
Official Journal: The official information notice has not yet been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

Announced issue: The fight against AIDS by way of World AIDS Day

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Description: The inner part of the coin depicts Tove Jansson's portrait. Under the portrait the signature "Tove Jansson" and the years "1914-2001". At the left the indication of the issuing country "FI". At the right the year of issuance "2014" and the mint mark.
Issuing volume: 1.5 million coins
Date of issue: June/July 2014
Official Journal: C183 17.06.2014

 

Announced issue: The 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944

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Description: In the coinʼs central field the word D-DAY is written in such a way as to depict a landing craft and a tank gun barrel. The years 1944-2014 appear above the tank gun, with the inscription ʻ70e anniversaire du débarquementʼ (70th anniversary of the landings) further down. The distinctive footprints left by the boots worn by American, British and Canadian troops are gradually disappearing in the sand, washed away by a wave. The words of a poem by Verlaine used as a code for the start of the landings are engraved on the wave: ʻLes sanglots longs des violons de l'automne blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotoneʼ (the long sobs of the violins of autumn wound my heart with a monotonous languor).
Issuing volume: 3 million coins
Date of issue: June 2014
Official Journal: The official information notice has not yet been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

Announced issue: The 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin, initiator of the revival of the Olympic Games, founder and first president of the International Olympic Committee.

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Description: The inner part of the coin depicts the face of Pierre de Coubertin still young. Stylized Olympic rings form the background. They provide the framework for silhouettes symbolizing the Olympic sports. At the left, the indication of the issuing country "RF" and the year "2013". At the top, the inscription "PIERRE DE COUBERTIN" in semi-circle.
Issuing volume: 1 million coins 
Date of issue: June 2013
Official Journal: C165 11.06.2013

 

The 50th anniversary of the signing of the German-French Friendship Treaty

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Description: The coin, which was designed by Yves Sampo of the Monnaie de Paris, Stefanie Lindner of the Berlin State Mint, Alina Hoyer (Berlin) and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer (Berlin), depicts stylised portraits of the Élysée Treaty’s signatories (the then-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Konrad Adenauer and the former President of the French Republic Charles de Gaulle), their signatures and the words “50 ANS JAHRE” with the year “2013” in the centre, the words “TRAITÉ DE L’ÉLYSÉE” at the top and the words “ÉLYSÉE-VERTRAG” at the bottom.

Issuing volume: 10 millions coins
Official Journal: C 18 22.01.2013

 

The 100th anniversary of the birth of the Abbé Pierre, famous in France as protector of the Poor.

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Description:The coin depicts a portrait of the Abbé Pierre, with its béret, and the logo of its foundation, with a microtext mentioning "Et les Autres?" which was its favorite motto to recall that one should never forget to help the others. The letters "RF" do appear for "République Française" together with the horn of plenty, mintmark of Monnaie de Paris on the left side, and the "fleurette", hallmark of the engraving workshop on the right side.
Issuing volume: 1 million coins
Date of issue: July 2012
Official Journal: C103 11.04.2012

 

All euro-area countries

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The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.

Issuing volume: 96 million coins
Date of issue: January 2012 
Official Journal: C017 20.01.2012

 

The 30th anniversary of the Music Day (Fête de la musique)

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The design commemorates the 30th anniversary of the French "Fête de la musique" (Music Day), which first took place in France in 1982 and has since spread to many other countries. The purpose of this all-night music celebration on the summer solstice is to promote music for amateur and professional musicians with free concerts open to the public. The centre of the coin shows a group of singers and musicians with the inscription referring to the 30th anniversary and the event of 21 June 2011 above them. The acronym RF features at the bottom right side.
Issuing volume: 10 millions coins
Official Journal: C19 20.01.2011, p.4

 

70th anniversary of the appeal of 18 June

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The coin commemorates the 70th anniversary of the appeal (“Appel du 18 Juin”) made by General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces, on the BBC in London on 18 June 1940. Following the fall of France, De Gaulle spoke to the French people declaring that the war was not yet over. The speech is the origin of the French Resistance against the occupation during World War II.

Issuing volume: 20 million coins
Official Journal: C 137 27.05.2010, p. 25

 

Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

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The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU translated into the national language(s) appear at the bottom.

Issuing volume: 84 085 000 million coins
Official Journal: C315 10.12.2008, p.8

 

French Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2008

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The inner part of the coin features the following inscription: ‘2008 PRÉSIDENCE FRANÇAISE UNION EUROPÉENNE RF’. The currency mark and the mintmaster's mark are located below, to the left and the right respectively.

Issuing volume: 20 million coins
Official Journal: C165 26.08.2008, p.5

 

50th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Rome

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The coin shows the treaty with the signatures of the six founding countries on a background evoking the paving – designed by Michelangelo – of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where the Treaty was signed on 25 March 1957, giving birth to the modern-day European Union.

Total euro area issuing volume: 90 million coins
Official Journal: C065 21.03.2007, p.3

 

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