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2 Euro Bleuet de France

2 Euro (Bleuet de France) -  obverse2 Euro (Bleuet de France) -  reverse

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Features

Country France
Period Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2018
Value 2 Euro
2 EUR = 2.33 USD
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 ↑↑
References Gad# 28 (Ed.2019)
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco. ISBN 9782906602465 .

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War (Bleuet de France)

Obverse

The design features the cornflower in the center of the coin. It is surrounded by the words ‘Le Bleuet de France, fleur de mémoire et de solidarité’ (Bleuet of France, flower of remembrance and solidarity). The dates ‘1918-2018’ as well as the letters RF for République Française (French Republic) and the mint marks are also included in the design.

Lettering:
Le Bleuet de France, fleur de mémoire et de solidarité
1918 - 2018
R F

Translation: Blue cornflower of France, the flower of memory and solidarity 1918-2018

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 European continent without borders.

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

Reeded with inscription

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

2 Euro (Bleuet de France) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mint

Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris), Pessac, France

Comments

For 100 years, the cornflower (Bleuet de France) has been the flower of remembrance and solidarity in France. It started as a means of helping injured veterans of the First World War, but before long had been adopted by the whole French nation as a symbol of gratitude for the sacrifices the soldiers had made to defend their country and their ideals.

Today, as in the past, the cornflower still provides moral and financial support to veterans and victims of wars past and present and to victims of terrorism.

It also helps pass on to young people standards and values such as respect, peace and tolerance. This flower of remembrance honors all those who fought and are still fighting for our freedom today.

Two varieties of the Obverse are known:
Die A  – numeral 2 in date 2018 has single head.
Die B – numeral 2 in date 2018 has double head.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  10,000,000 2.33 2.33 2.33 2.33 2.33 2.34 3.50

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

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