2013 – 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty
This €2 coin was jointly issued by France and Germany to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty. This was the first time that a coin with an identical motif was issued by two euro-area member states. The image side of the coin depicts the signatories of the Élysée Treaty, General Charles de Gaulle, President of the French Republic, and Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, along with their signatures and the reason for the issue, in both French and German. The country code and the national mintmarks are the only differences between the national sides of the French and German coins. The design was produced in cooperation between Yves Sampo, Stefanie Lindner (Staatliche Münze Berlin) and the Berlin artists Alina Hoyer and Sneschana Russewa-Hoyer. The side of the coin denoting its value, as well as the edge lettering and the technical parameters, are the same as on any regular issue €2 coin. As on current German €2 commemorative coins, the inscription "EINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT" (unity, justice and freedom) is embossed on the coin edge, together with a stylised federal eagle.