2 Euro 1st map

2 Euro (1st map) -  obverse2 Euro (1st map) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Issuer France
Period Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1999-2006
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = USD 2.33
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Bimetallic: nickel brass clad nickel center in copper-nickel ring
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 104
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 1289,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 658,
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.
Gad# 8 (Ed.2019)
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.

Obverse

A tree, symbolising life, continuity and growth, is contained in a hexagon and encircled by the French motto "LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ" (liberty, equality, fraternity) and the twelve stars of Europe

Lettering:
LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ
J. JIMENEZ
R F
20 01

Engraver: Joaquin Jimenez

Joaquin Jimenez, born on October 23, 1956, is an engraver of coins and medals. He is a creator for the mints of several countries, including France.

Reverse

A map, next to the face value, shows the fifteen states of the European Union

Lettering: 2 EURO LL

Engraver: Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins. Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.

Edge

Finely ribbed with edge lettering: six times the sequence "2 * * " alternately upright and inverted

Lettering: 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 **

2 Euro (1st map) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mint

Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris), Pessac, France

Comments

Different Mint Master Marks

  • Pierre Rodier, from 1999 to 2000, a mark of a bee
  • Gerard Buquoy, from 2001 to 2002, a mark of a horseshoe
  • Serge Levet, in 2003, a mark of a stylised heart with the initials of the mint master (SL)
  • Hubert Lariviere, from 2004 to 2006, a mark of a hunting horn with a wave and a fish

BUNC Sets Released
  • 1999 - 35000 Annual Coin Sets
  • 2000 - 35000 Annual Coin Sets
  • 2001 - 35000 Annual Coin Sets
  • 2002 - 145563 Annual Coin Sets + 19727 The Little Prince Coin Sets
  • 2003 - 109407 Annual Coin Sets + 10094 The Little Prince Coin Sets + 12638 Tourism Coin Sets (Eiffel Tower)
  • 2004 - 120000 Annual Coin Sets + 5399 The Little Prince Coin Sets + 3704 Tourism Coin Sets (Provence)
  • 2005 - 69999 Annual Coin Sets + 2611 Moebius Coin Sets + 2541 Tourism Coin Sets (Garonne)
  • 2006 - 70000 Annual Coin Sets + 20 different illustrated Coin Sets of 500 issues each

PROOF Sets Released
  • From 1999 to 2006 - Annual Coin Sets

Direction of the Mint Master Bee in 1999 and 2000
In the 1999 coin the Bee from the engraver is pointing to the left.
In the 2000 coin the Bee from the engraver is pointing to the right.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1999  56 695 000 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 3.49 46% Engraver Bee pointing left
1999  35 000 $ 8.73 1.6% In Sets only
1999  15 000 $ 20 0.8% Proof
2000  171 100 000 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 3.80 42% Engraver Bee pointing right
2000  35 000 $ 8.15 1.6% In Sets only
2000  15 000 $ 13 0.7% Proof
2001  237 915 793 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 3.49 55%
2001  35 000 $ 8.15 1.7% In Sets only
2001  15 000 $ 14 0.9% Proof
2002  153 606 513 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.33 $ 2.53 $ 4.66 37%
2002  165 290 $ 8.15 3% In Sets only
2002  21 453 $ 13 0.8% Proof
2003  132 139 $ 8.15 4% In Sets only
2003  40 000 $ 19 0.6% Proof
2004  129 103 $ 13 3% In Sets only
2004  11 033 $ 21 0.6% Proof
2005  120 000 $ 15 3% In Sets only
2005  8 519 $ 24 0.5% Proof
2006  80 000 $ 12 3% In Sets only
2006  9 811 $ 13 0.6% Proof

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