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Principality of Andorra, Bishop Joan Marti i Alanis, 1971 - 2003
FAO stands for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The legend translates from Catalan to food guaranteed by the (FAO). Andorra did not have an official currency before adopting the euro, and unlike its two larger neighbors, France and Spain, which surround it, it is not a member of the EU. In the 20th century, both the French franc and Spanish peseta were used and accepted in Andorra, but the government budgets, salaries and bank deposits were mostly in pesetas. When those two currencies were replaced by the euro between 1999 and 2002, the euro became the sole currency in Andorra.WO91890. Aluminum centim, SCWC KM171, UNC, weight 1.253 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1999; obverse FAO in field below, ALIMENTS GARANTITS PEL SEGLE XXI (counterclockwise below), angel carrying a sheaf of wheat; reverse JOAN D.M. BISBE D'URGELL I PRINCEP D'ANDORRA (Joan D.M. Bishop of Urgell and Prince of Andorra), 1 CENTIM within wreath closed with a crown at top, 1999 below; SOLD
Principality of Andorra, 2002
WO91893. Brass 5 centims, SCWC KM180, Sch÷n 227, UNC, weight 4.656 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, 2002; obverse 5 C╚NTIMS Esquirol, squirrel left on a log, eating; reverse PRINCIPAT D'ANDORRA, coat of arms, 2002 below; SOLD