The Monnaie de Paris has released a set of gold and silver domed coins to mark the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. These coins may see some added attention following the United States Mint’s recent release of the extremely popular domed Baseball Hall of Fame Coins.
The authorizing legislation for the US Mint’s program actually made specific reference to a previous domed coin issued by the Monnaie de Paris. It was included as the sense of the Congress that the Baseball coins should be produced with concave and convex surfaces in a fashion similar to the 2009 International Year of Astronomy Coins.
The new releases from the Monnaie de Paris celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an international football (soccer) tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. There will be 32 national teams participating in the tournament with 64 matches to be played in twelve cities across Brazil.
The convex obverse design of the coin features a map outline of the country of Brazil surrounded by stylized elements of flora and fauna. The 2014 FIFA World Cup logo and official name appear within the map shape.
The concave reverse design features an aerial view of the Maracanã Stadium, which will be used for the final match and six other games of the tournament. The name of the stadium and the competition are inscribed along with RF. A ball appears to spring from the stadium, which carries the denomination of 10 Euro. The circular and concave shape of the coin seem to fit well with the design.
The 10 Euro Silver Coin is struck in 90% purity to proof quality with a weight of 22.20 grams and diameter of 37 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.
A 1 oz gold proof coin featuring the same design and domed shape is also available, struck in 99.9% purity with a diameter of 37 mm. The maximum mintage for this version is only 500 pieces.
Two additional smaller sized gold coins are also available, which feature the same design but are not struck with the domed shape. A 1/4 oz gold proof coin is struck in 92.0% purity with a diameter of 22 mm and mintage of 3,000 pieces. A 1/2 gram gold proof coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a diameter of 11 mm and mintage of 5,000 pieces.
Finally, a 5 oz gold proof coin will be available from February 7th. This version is struck in 99.9% purity with a diameter of 50 mm and mintage of 99 pieces. The design is the same as the other coins, but it is not domed. Only the 37 mm silver and 1 oz gold coins have the domed shape.
These coins can be found on the Monnaie de Paris website in the Sports section.