20 years after its launch, the Monnaie de Paris is celebrating the second part of the euro's anniversary with a collection of gold and silver coins.For this occasion and for the first time in Europe, the national obverse of the €1 and €2 coins is ...
20 years of the Euro 20€ silver coin Circulating quality yeardate 2022
20 years after its launch, the Monnaie de Paris is celebrating the second part of the euro's anniversary with a collection of gold and silver coins.For this occasion and for the first time in Europe, the national obverse of the €1 and €2 coins is getting a makeover and will feature a new design by Joaquin Jiménez, engraver of the "Tree of Life", which has been present on both denominations until now.
This commemorative coin celebrates the 20th anniversary of the euro as well as the 20th anniversary of the withdrawal of the French franc from circulation. This double tribute is symbolised by the presence of an olive branch in the hollow of the "2", a natural and numismatic symbol that has accompanied the 1 franc coins since the monetary reform of the Fifth Republic.
The "O" is represented as a €2 coin, split in two between the original design by Joaquin Jiménez dating from 1999 and the new national obverse put into circulation in January 2022. The opposition of the two designs allows us to observe the evolution of the engraver's tree of life, in a more contemporary form.
Born of the desire to unify European territories and facilitate trade with a single currency, the euro was introduced by the signatory states of the Maastricht Treaty on 7 February 1992. Officially put into circulation at midnight on 1 January 2022, the euro sounded the death knell for the franc. Monnaie de Paris is celebrating the second part of the euro's anniversary in 2022 with a collection of gold and silver coins.
Le 20ème anniversaire de l’euro est un évènement majeur pour le monde de la numismatique. Il m’a semblé important de rendre hommage au franc, qui céda sa place à la devise commune européenne en janvier 2002. On retrouve donc sur les monnaies 20 ans de l’euro un rameau d’olivier, attribut du franc, qui s’exprime 20 ans plus tard sous la forme d’un arbre sur la nouvelle face des monnaies de 1€ et 2€.
Trained at the best schools, they have the years of experience behind them necessary to master all aspects of the craft. Using industrial oil-based modelling clay and working from a design executed freehand or with CAD software, they skilfully fashion a low relief model in order to enhance the engraving and the way it catches the light. They work alternately with concave and convex plaster moulds until satisfied they have achieved the best 3D rendering of the design.
The first minters began to ply their trade in France when striking with a hammer appeared in the 4th century BC. Nowdays, minsters use press instead of a hammer. Their knowledge of dies, engraving and metals, and their expertise - passed seamlessly down from one generation to the next for centuries - guarantees the excellence of their work.
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