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On 29 October 1959, the irreducible Gauls Asterix and Obelix appeared for the first time in the first issue of the magazine Pilote, created by René Goscinny for the scripts and Albert Uderzo for the drawings. To celebrate its 60th birthday, the Monnaie de Paris mint a 2 euro coin bearing its effigy, as well as a series of 5 coins with Asterix, Obelix, Idéfix and other characters from the comic strip as figures. For this series, each piece will represent a character in its stylistic evolution from the first issues in Pilot magazine to today.
The commemorative €2 coin dedicated to Asterix was minted only for collectors with very low mintage. It was the result of the European Commission and the European Central Bank recommendations. To their point of view, circulation and commemorative €2 coins should be put into circulation as soon as possible, just after the strike, in order to avoid the accumulation of large stocks of new coins, as in the past. Since the French Mint still had a significant stock of 2 euro circulation coins from previous years, it was therefore decided to mint 2019 commemorative coin in BU and proof condition, only for collectors market.
Depicts the effigy of Asterix in the centre. The character's name above, "60 Years 2019" in Roman numerals below. Date below.
A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The sequence "2 ★ ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.
2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★