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French coins from the 1950s until the introduction of the euro

Started by <k>, February 21, 2020, 11:07:23 PM

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France 20 francs 1998-.jpg

The reverse design of the 20 francs coin.

It followed the style of the earlier 10 francs coin.

It was clearly a companion piece to the 10 francs.
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It is interesting to note that the 10 and 20 francs coins depicted real architecture and sculpture, in a relatively realistic way. This was different from the previous symbolic, allegorical and rather old-fashioned designs, attractive as they were. One could imagine the coinage continuing to develop in this way, if the euro had never happened. The current coin series of nearby Jersey is an excellent example of a well designed architecturally-themed set. Perhaps a non-euro French set might have developed along similar lines.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

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On 1 January 2002, France switched over to the euro. The French franc was dead. The French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean was first in the eurozone to use the new euro coins and banknotes.

With the euro, the French reverted to the old habit of having one design per coin tier. These designs included the sower and a new version of Marianne, so some sense of tradition was preserved.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

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Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.