France will honor former president François Mitterrand with a
circulating commemorative €2 coin in 2016.
The coin for the leader marks the centennial of his birth.
Mitterrand was the longest-serving president of France, serving from
1981 to 1995.
In total, 10 million coins are due for October release (his birthday
is Oct. 26).
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The obverse design shows a profile of a pensive Mitterrand
accompanied by his personal emblem composed of a half oak, half olive
tree. Above are his name and the dates marking the centenary of his
birth (1916 and 2016). At the bottom, the initials RF indicate France
as the issuing country (Republic Francaise).
The common reverse shows a map of the European Union. Both sides of
the coin’s outer ring depict the 12 stars of the European flag. The
ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and
The €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
Each nation is allowed to issue up to two different circulating
commemorative designs annually, with designs of their choosing, though
few nations issue the maximum number of designs.
Joint euro programs like the 2015 coins honoring the 30th
anniversary of flag of the European Union do not count toward this limit.