FRANCE: THE FIRST COINS OF EUROPE'S NEW SINGLE CURRENCY, THE EURO, ARE ABOUT TO ROLL OFF THE PRODUCTION LINES
- Title: FRANCE: THE FIRST COINS OF EUROPE'S NEW SINGLE CURRENCY, THE EURO, ARE ABOUT TO ROLL OFF THE PRODUCTION LINES
- Date: 29th April 1998
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 28, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV/CU BUILDING/POSTER ADVERTISING EURO (4 SHOTS) 0.26 2. SV/LV MINT ENGRAVER FABIENNE COURTIADE ENTERING WORKSHOP WHERE EURO IS BEING PREPARED (2 SHOTS) 0.45 3. CU/SV OF COURTIADE EXAMINING SCALE DRAWINGS OF THE COINS 1.09 4. SV TECHNICIAN PASSING A LARGE MOULD OF THE COINS TO COURTIADE 1.22 5. CU/MCU COURTIADE EXAMINING AND CLEANING THE MOULD (5 SHOTS) 1.54 6. CU VARIOUS OF MOULD (4 SHOTS) 2.07 7. CU NEEDLE OF PANTOGRAPH RUNNING OVER ROTATING SURFACE OF MOLD (IN THE ENGRAVING WORLSHOP) 2.17 8. MCU TECHNICIAN CHECKING MACHINE 2.22 9. CU COIN-SIZE BLANK BEING ENGRAVED FROM LARGE MOULD 2.30 10. MCU TECHNICIAN CHECKING PROGRESS OF WORK 2.35 11. CU OF COIN AND BLANK 2.39 12. CU OIL AND METAL SCRAPING COMING OFF BLANK 2.43 13. SV TECHHNICIAN CHECKING MACHINE 2.54 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:02:56
- Story Text: With just days to go to a crucial summit on European Monetary Union, the first coins of Europe's new single currency, the Euro, are about to roll off the production lines at the Paris mint.
At the Paris Mint in the heart of the French capital, Fabienne Courtiade, a specialist engraver, is sounding the death knell of the French franc and 10 other currencies.
Half artist, half technician, she is working on the designs for Europe's new single currency, the Euro.
With only three weeks to go until the first Euro coins are produced, she's putting the finishing touches on special moulds which will eventually produce the die that stamp the money.
It's a monumental task, some 7.6 billion coins will have to be produced between now and 2002, when they will be put into circulation.
The weight of the metal alone is equivalent to four times that of the most famous French landmark, the Eiffel Tower.
Eight different types of coins will be produced: one, two, five, ten, twenty and fifty cents as well as one whole Euro and a two Euro coin.
Each coin will carry a national face, with the emblems of each member state and a common face that identifies it as a Euro.
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