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Description

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.

Obverse

Depicts the effigy of Asterix in the centre. The character's name above, "60 Years 2019" in Roman numerals below. Date below.

• Mintmark of the Paris Mint: cornucopia
• Trademark of the mint director Yves Sampo: pentagon

Asterix (French: Astérix) is a fictional character and the titular hero of the French comic book series Asterix. The series portrays him as a diminutive but fearless Gaulish warrior. The series follows the adventures of a village of Gauls as they resist Roman occupation in 50 BC. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid Panoramix (named Getafix in the English translations), which temporarily gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonists, the title character Asterix and his friend Obelix, have various adventures.

The Asterix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world, with the series being translated into 111 languages. The success of the series has led to the adaptation of its books into 13 films: nine animated, and four live action. There have also been a number of games based on the characters, and a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix. The very first French satellite, Astérix, launched in 1965, was also named after the comics character.

ASTÉRIX
RF
LX ANS MMXIX
2019

Reverse

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.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2 ★ ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.

2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Paris Mint (A)

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