France Euro Coins - France and Germany right now are in celebration mood as the Pact of Elysee is 50 years old. To commemorate this they have decided to issue a joint 2 euro commemorative coin. This is also the first time in the history of the euro to have a common issue between some member states; in the past common issues were only allowed if it was issued by all the states.
The German and French 2 euro coins have the same design, only the French coin will have RF on it for Republique Francaise whereas the German one will have D for Deutschland - they will also have different mint marks.
The coin from France was out yesterday, 21st January 2013 - it was first available through the website of the Monnaie de Paris and is available in proof and BU versions. Today, this coin was published in the official journal of the European Union as per here. Unlike common issues by all the eurozone members, this joint issue was not published in the same article but instead they are being published separately. Ten millions coins of the French version were minted.
(C) Monnaie de Paris
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