Values of the French Republic Gold and Silver Coins

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.

liberte

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.

5-euro

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.

25 euro coins

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.

250-euro

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.

all

Each of the seven coins contain portions of the letters “RF” which is apparent when the coins are placed together.

500-euro

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.

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Comments

  1. Patrick says

    Didn’t have a great experience with Monnaie de Paris. I ordered the Notre Dame gold and silver coins and my credit card was charged the next day. Then I never received the coins. In fact I never heard from Monnaie de Paris after they charged my card. I sent several emails and they NEVER responded to any of them. Finally two months later I had my bank reverse the charges on my card.

  2. Louis says

    I have ordered from them a couple times and never had a problem. Orders arrived a couple weeks after being placed. And I saved quite a but over retail prices even with shipping.

  3. VABEACHBUM says

    This is one of the more intriguing sets / series that I have seen in quite some time. I love the way the Grand Pattern ties the set of 7 coins together.

    As a collector (and with no emphasis on metal contents), the biggest downside I see is the size of the coins and their respective patterns affecting the possibility of a presentation case that can properly display the set while the coins also might be individually encapsulated.

    Still – another fine example of world mints and their designers thinking way outside the box.

  4. Louis says

    @VAB- The Mint already thought of that. They sell an inexpensive case for the coins. With no VAT for foreigners, the case was only 10 euros. The box even comes with empty capsules for the coins.
    If you want it, I’d move fast as French coin cases are almost impossible to find from dealers or even on e-Bay. And the shipping date on the cases went from 8 days earlier to 20 days now.

  5. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – Thanks for the additional information. I’ll definitely check into it!!

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