Trivial issue with expensive consequences EU forces France to melt

Trivial issue with expensive consequences: EU forces France to melt 27 million coins n

Trivial thing with expensive consequences EU forces France to melt 27 million coins

January 12, 2024, 8:11 pm Listen to the article

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The French mint creates new cent coins. Approval from the French Parliament has already been obtained and the coins are being minted very quickly so that the Minister of Finance can marvel at them. Then Brussels presents a small detail and refuses to disclose it.

The French mint “La Monnaie de Paris” will probably have to melt 27 million hastily produced 10, 20 and 50 cent coins. The coins, which feature a new French design, should enter circulation from January this year, reported the newspaper “Les Échos”, citing information from the mint.

French authorities had already given the green light to the project, but the necessary approval from the EU Commission was still pending. Production started early to be able to present the new coins when the Minister of Finance and Economy, Bruno Le Maire, visited the mint in early December.

The stars are very small in Brussels

Four days after production of the coins began, the design was rejected by Brussels – the objection was that the EU stars were not visible clearly enough on the side representing Europe. The minister then canceled his visit to the State Mint, which quickly presented a new project to the EU.

Approval was made at the end of December, so production of the appropriate coins is still ongoing, according to people close to the Mint. Unsuitable coins must now be recycled – financial losses could amount to 700,000 to 1.2 million euros.