Description

The 2024 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, and commonly known as Paris 2024, is an international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024 in Paris, France. Having previously played host in 1900 and 1924, Paris will become the second city to host the Olympics three times, after London (1908, 1948 and 2012). 2024 will mark the centenary of the Paris Games of 1924 and the sixth Olympic Games hosted by France (three in summer and three in winter).

Following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the year 2021 officially marks the beginning of the countdown to the Paris Games. It is the handing over of the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the previous Games that marks the starting point of a new era of Games in France. 2021 was also the first year of a quadrilogy in which sport and its values will be honored through the Monnaie de Paris' coin and medallions collections. To mark the countdown to the launch of the Games, Monnaie de Paris issued a €2 commemorative coin for four years from 2021. These coins highlighted the Olympic Games through famous French numismatic figures.

Obverse

Depicts Augustin Dumont's Génie de la Liberté (the "Spirit of Freedom") practising discus throwing in an “ancient" way in reference to the Olympic Games of the Antique era, Arc de Triomphe behind. On the left is the monogram “RF” of the French Republic and below that is the mintmark, year of issue and the mark of the general engraver. The Paris 2024 Olympic Games logo on the right. The twelve stars of the European flag are shown on the outer ring.

Augustin Dumont's Génie de la Liberté perched on one foot on the top of the July Column. The July Column is a monumental column in Paris commemorating the Revolution of 1830. It stands in the centre of the Place de la Bastille.

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, France, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.

• Mintmark of the Paris Mint: cornucopia
• Mark of the engraver Joaquin Jimenez: a square with a circle and a broken line in the small square

RF PARIS 2024
2022

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 (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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