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Rocket-Engraved Coins Celebrate 50 Years of European Space Exploits

February 14, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Monnaie de Paris, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com
February 12, 2014

A new collectible set of gold and silver coins has been minted in France to celebrate the past half century of European cooperation in space.

The Monnaie de Paris, France’s national mint, has issued the “50 Years of European Space Cooperation” collection in time for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the two organizations that led to today’s European Space Agency (ESA).

Established in 1964, the European Launcher Development Organization (ELDO) and the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) merged more than a decade later to create the European Space Agency.

The commemorative euros are part of the French Ministry of Finance’s “Europa” coin series, which since 2002 has paid tribute annually to different individuals or events that have factored into European cooperation and construction.

“Wishing this year to pay tribute to Europe’s successes in space, the Monnaie de Paris naturally turned to ESA,” the European Space Agency described in a statement posted to its website. “The two organizations have been working together since September 2013 on this project now seeing the light of day, which is certain to delight collectors and space enthusiasts alike.”

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For more information or to order the ’50 Years of European Space Cooperation’ coins, see Monnaie de Paris’ website.

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