The Monnaie de Paris has just launched a new gold and silver coin series which presents the values of the French Republic. The designs are quite intriguing, with the silver coins containing the French words for the the values with the arrangement and appearance inspired by the words themselves.
Shown above is the €5 silver coin for Liberté. (Click to enlarge.) The differing patterns applied to the letters and their arrangement provide an impression of the meaning of the word. The other silver coins use different typography, sizing, arrangement ,and shapes to express the specific values.
There are three different €5 silver coins which each contain the values included in the French Motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. The coins are struck in 33.3% silver with a weight of 7.3 grams and diameter of 26 mm. This makes for silver content of about 0.078 troy ounces per coin. The mintage for each coin is 2,000,000 pieces.
The three different €25 silver coins contain the values Justice, Laïcité (secularism), and Respect. These coins are struck in 50% silver with a weight of 18 grams and diameter of 33 mm. Silver content for each coin is about 0.289 troy ounces. The mintage for each is 100,000 pieces.
There is one €250 gold coin issued for Paix (peace). This coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a weight of 3.89 grams and diameter of 23 mm. This is about 0.125 troy ounces of gold content. The mintage is 50,000 pieces.
Each of the seven coins contain portions of the letters “RF” which is apparent when the coins are placed together.
Last, there is one €500 gold coin representing all of the seven values. This will be available by subscription in September.
The €5, €25, and €250 coins are currently available in the Monnaie de Paris e-Shop priced at their face values. Many world coin dealers will also no doubt offer these coins.