France 2019 €2 commemorative coin: 60th birthday of Asterix
- February 24, 2019
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 will first 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.
France – 2019 commemorative €2 coin
Celebrating 60th anniversary of Asterix
Details of €2 Asterix coin edge
The commemorative €2 coin dedicated to Asterix will be minted only for collectors, up to 300,000 coins for the BU version in three different coincards, plus 10,000 coins for the proof version.
Circulation: 10 000 coins
Asterix Coincard: 100 000 coins
Asterix & Obelix Coincard: 100 000 coins
Coincard Asterix & Idéfix: 100 000 coins
Coin issuing day planned: May 28th, 2019
This very low mintage for a commemorative €2 coin is 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 after the strike, in order to avoid the accumulation of large stocks of new coins, as in the past.
Since the french Mint still has 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.
Sources : Monnaie de Paris – NUMISMAG©