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Coins of FranceFrance
Over 1,200 designs were considered for the national side of the French coins. A panel chaired by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance chose three designs, each for certain specific denominations.
The panel consisted of experts in numismatics, artists, a former Member of the European Commission (Christine Scrivener), Members of Parliament, the French Mint Director Emmanuel Constans, the General Engraver Pierre Rodier and the actress Irene Jacob, along with members of professional bodies.
ˆ1 and ˆ2 coins: a tree, drawn by the artist Joaquim Jimenez, appears on these coins, symbolising life, continuity and growth. It is contained in a hexagon and encircled by the motto of the Republic, «Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite» (Liberty, equality, fraternity). Edge lettering of the ˆ2 coin: 2**, repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted.
10, 20 and 50-cent coins: the theme of the sower is a constant in the history of the French franc. Designed by Laurent Jorlo, «this modern, timeless graphic represents France, which stays true to itself, whilst integrating into Europe».
1, 2 and 5-cent coins: these depict a young, feminine Marianne with determined features that embody the desire for a sound and lasting Europe. The design was the work of Fabienne Courtiade, an engraver from the Paris Mint.
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