Details relating to the French Commemorative of 2008.
Issue Date: 01.07.2008
Number Minted: 20,100,000
Mint: Monnaie de Paris,Pessac
Mint Mark : Cornucopia
This is the first commemorative coin issued by France and is in honour of its presidency of the European Council.
The basic design of the coin is very simple. It Is “2008 PRÉSIDENCE FRANÇAISE UNION EUROPÉENNE RF” i.e. 2008 (year of issue) French Presidency of the European Union RF (issuing country).
At the bottom to the left of six o’clock is the mint mark – cornucopia – and to the right of six o’clock is the mark of the engraver. A slightly unusual feature is that the 8 of 2008 extends into the outer circle. This represents the flag of the EU and the circle of twelve stars should ideally not be interrupted.
There is an interesting tale regarding this coin. At the time of issue the European commission had 5.000 coins produced in numbered blisters where the motif side was all gold – i.e. the outer ring was not silver. These were distributed among EU employees. This was the first standard Euro coin to be so produced.