The Monnaie de Paris have recently launched a set of gold and silver coins to commemorate 50 years of European space cooperation. The coins were developed together with the European Space Agency.
The reverse design highlights the Ariane launchers, the most well-known and popular symbol of European space cooperation. The Ariane launcher is depicted at launch and the arrival at its orbit. The ellipses in the background represent the many satellites put in orbit by the launcher over the years. An inscription around the circumference reads “50 ANS DE COOPÉRATION SPATIALE EUROPÉENNE 1964-2014” with the European Space Agency logo at the top right.
The obverse of the coin features the face of the goddess Europa with her flowing hair strewn with stars. Around her head are twelve Euro symbols representing the twelve stars of the European flag. The design also incorporates twelve flags, some of which appear on flag poles to the left of the coin and some of which are draped across the base of Europa’s neck. The inscriptions include “Europa” and the date “2014”.
The designs appear on three different sized 99.9% pure gold proof coins and one 90% silver proof coin. A 1oz gold coin carries a face value of 200 Euro and mintage of 500 pieces. A 1/4oz gold coin has a face value of 50 Euro and mintage of 1,000 pieces. A 1/2 gram gold coin provides a low price point and carries a higher mintage limit of 10,000 pieces.
The 10 Euro face value silver coin has a weight of 22.20 grams, diameter of 37 mm, and mintage of 5,000 pieces.