French Euro Coins


France was one of the founding members of the Euro zone and started issuing coins in 2002. Some basic facts relating to France.




Normal Currency Coins.


As with many other countries in the Euro zone , France has three motifs for its coins- one for the "copper coloured coins"(1 cent, 2 cent and 5 cent), one for the "gold coloured coins" (10 cent,20 cent and 50 cent) and finally one for the one Euro and two Euro coins.


The first motif (1,2 and5 cent coins) is a young Marianne with a determined look who symbolises a strong lasting Europe.

The second motif (10,20 and 50 cent coins) shows a sower before the rising sun - she gives a sense of continuity, having been long associated with the old French Franc and appearing on previous French coins and stamps.

The third motif (1 and 2 Euro coins) is a styalised tree appearing in a hexagon and represents life and growth. The words "Liberté,Egalité,Fraternité"(Liberty,Equality,Fraternity) - the motto of the French Republic since the revolution also appear.





1 cent - Marianne symbolising a strong lasting Europe.






2 cent - Marianne symbolising a strong lasting Europe.






5 cent - Marianne symbolising a strong lasting Europe.






10 cent - Sower before the rising sun.






20 cent - Sower before the rising sun.






50 cent - Sower before the rising sun.






1 Euro - A styalised tree representing life and growth.






2 Euro - A styalised tree representing life and growth.





Two Euro Coin Rim


Around the rim of the Two Euro Coin appear the number "2" followed by "**".
This is repeated six times so that the "12-Star" European motif is represented. Each "2" is inverted with respect to the preceding and following "2".





French Commemorative Two Euro Coins.


France delayed for quite a while before issueing commemorative coins but has made up for the delay by issueing 4 very attractive coins that gladden the collector's heart!


2008 - French presidency of the European Union for 2008.



Date of issue     :01.07.2008

Issuing Volume : 20,1 Million



2010 - 70th anniversary of de Gaulle's appeal to the French to continue the struggle against the Nazis.



Date of issue     :June 2010

Issuing Volume : 20 Million


2011 - 30th anniversary of the "Fête de la Musique"-Every summer solstice since 1981 France has celebrated a "Day of Music".



Date of issue     :21.06.2011

Issuing Volume : 10 Million


2012 - 100th birthday of Abbé Pierre - a popular catholic priest who founded the charity organisation Emmaus.



Date of issue     :July 2012

Issuing Volume : 1 Million


2013 - Joint issue with Germany, commemorating the Treaty of Élysée.



Date of issue     :January 2013

Issuing Volume : 10 Million


2013 - 150 th birthday of Pierre de Coubertin.



Date of issue     :03.06.2013

Issuing Volume : 1,020,000



2014 - 70th Anniversary of the Allied Landings in Normandy.




Date of issue     :11.06.2014

Issuing Volume : 3,020,000


2014 - World Aids Day.




Date of issue     :24.11.2014

Issuing Volume : 3,020,000





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