On the occasion of 60 years of Asterix marked in October by the release of a new album, a 2-euro coin with the effigy of the irreducible Gallic is put into circulation by the Monnaie de Paris, announced Tuesday. ‘institution.Every year, the Monnaie de Paris issues commemorative 2 euro coins honoring historical figures or charities.
The Asterix model was hit at only 310,000 copies, the smallest draw for a 2 euro French commemorative coin. These coins are made in numismatic qualities, in “fine proof” and “brilliant universal” versions.
The famous Gallic is represented in profile with his famous winged helmet, surrounded by laurels. The 2019 vintage and the 60th anniversary of Asterix’s adventures are inscribed in Roman numerals.
Asterix made its appearance on October 29, 1959 in the first issue of the weekly Pilote. For six decades and 37 adventures (the 38th album, “The Daughter of Vercingetorix”, will be released on October 24), the series has become a “place of memory” of the French identity, struggling to parody the myth of “our ancestors the Gauls “.
Since its creation, 380 million albums have been sold worldwide. The adventures of Asterix have been translated into over a hundred languages.