Name of Country
Using the Euro: France
Currency used before the
Date previous currency
expired: February 17, 2002
In France, 1 euro =
Other interesting facts about France
and its money:
The oldest French money is
Greek silver coins almost 2,500 years old.
The first French coin ever was
In 1796, the printing presses
were ruined, and the notes burned.
France has a sales tax of
Banks like Societe Generale
passed out free calculators to help people figure out
what their money was worth in euros.
France is surrounded by four
countries participating in the euro: Italy
This is what each of the
French euros has on the national side. The links will
take you to webites that show you pictures or give you
information about the images on the euro coins. The
old symbols of the old Franc (Marianne the Republic,
the Sower, the Tree) are kept on the euro, but they
have been reidone by artists for the new euro coins.
The national side of the 1, 2,
and 5 cent euros from France
Marianne. Marianne represents
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." It was designed by
Fabienne Courtiade, an engraver at the Paris Mint.
On the 10, 20, and 50 cent
euro, France has a picture of The Sower, a traditional
French coin theme.
On the 1 and 2 euro coins,
there is a tree symbolizing "life, continuity, and
This 20 euro cents has The Sower,
a traditional theme for French
This is Young
The coins are worth 5, 2 and 1 euro
To see the national sides of all the
French coins, click
To learn more about France, click