In the coinʼs central field the word D-DAY is written in such a way as to depict a landing craft and a tank gun barrel. The years 1944-2014 appear above the tank gun, with the inscription ʻ70e anniversaire du débarquementʼ further down. The distinctive footprints left by the boots worn by American, British and Canadian troops are gradually disappearing in the sand, washed away by a wave. The words of a poem by Verlaine used as a code for the start of the landings are engraved on the wave: ʻLes sanglots longs des violons de l'automne blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotoneʼ. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Subject of commemoration
The 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944
Date of issue