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2 Euro overview





France

2014

Commemorative coin

70th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944

Official Journal of the European Union

In the coin’s central field the word D-DAY is written in such a way as to depict a landing craft and a tank gun barrel. The years 1944-2014 appear above the tank gun, with the inscription ‘70e anniversaire du débarquement’ (70th anniversary of the landings) further down. The distinctive footprints left by the boots worn by American, British and Canadian troops are gradually disappearing in the sand, washed away by a wave. The words of a poem by Verlaine used as a code for the start of the landings are engraved on the wave: ‘Les sanglots longs des violons de l’automne blessent mon coeur d’une langueur monotone’ (the long sobs of the violins of autumn wound my heart with a monotonous languor). The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

© European Union, 1998-2019, Official Journal of the European Union, 2014/C 168/02

Edge lettering

« 2 ★ ★ » repeated six times, alternately upright and inverted

Designer

Yves Sampo

Volume of issue

2014
Monnaie de Paris ( Pessac ) Yves Sampo
DateVolumePrice
Circulation coins 06.06.2014Rolls of 25 coins3.000.0002,00
Folder BU06.06.201410.00010,00
Box Proof06.06.2014In box10.00020,00