Simone Veil, a survivor of the Holocaust who went on to be an
integral leader in France’s abortion laws, is the subject of a new
circulating commemorative €2 coin from France.
The obverse design displays a portrait of Veil, who died in June
2017 at the age of 89 years old.
After surviving deportation to Auschwitz, she went on to become one
of the most important actors in Europe’s rebuilding.
Not all inscription ‘misspellings’ are true
misspellings: Mike Diamond reports on coins that, at
first glance, appear to have misspelled legends or dates but, with
closer study, are found to have die defects that are misleading.
She was the first elected president of the European Parliament from
1979 to 1982, and the French abortion laws bearing her name were
instituted in 1975.
In 2008, she was elected to the French Academy.
On the coin, the deportation registration number she was assigned
appears on her collar. The background depicts the European Parliament,
and on it her name, key dates, indication of the country as RF, year
of issuance 2018 and the Mint marks are inscribed.
In total 15 million coins are due for release in May or June.
The ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag. The
common reverse shows a map of the European Union.
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.