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Ingot symbolising the Schuman plan
Luxembourg, 1953
Fondation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe, Lausanne, Switzerland

Look at the spelling of EUROP on this iron ingot from 1953. It omits the final letter ‘E’ as normally spelt in French, and ‘A’ as normally seen in German, Dutch and Italian. A striking example of the compromise at the heart of the new European Coal and Steel Community.