The Monnaie de Paris has released four coins, a medal, and insignia to honor the men and women of the Great War on its centenary. The coins, which include two gold and two silver, feature a common design which continues its theme from one side to the other.
The obverse features a scene of soldiers answering the call of the mobilization poster campaign. Soldiers bid farewell to the civilian world with the image of the back of a taxicab shown on the right to evoke the departure for the Battle of the Marne. A poppy and cornflower appear at the bottom as the symbols of the Commonwealth’s and France’s veterans.
The reverse design shows the arrival of troops in the Marne with the image of the front of the taxicab towards the left side and marching soldiers completing the scene. Facing German troops’ move towards Paris, the French army had mobilized public transports and also requisitioned Parisian taxis to bring soldiers to the front.
Shown together, the back of the taxi on the obverse and the front of the taxi on the reverse provide a continuation of the design.
A 10 euro silver proof coin is available struck in 90% purity with a weight of 22.2 grams, diameter of 37 mm, and mintage of 10,000. A 50 euro silver proof coin is available struck in 95% purity with a 163.8 grams (5 oz silver content), diameter of 50 mm, and mintage of 500.
A 50 euro gold proof coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a weight of 8.45 grams (1/4 oz), diameter of 22 mm, and mintage of 1,914. A 200 euro gold proof coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a weight of 31.104 grams (1 oz), diameter of 37 mm, and mintage of 500.
The commemorative bronze medal features a similarly themed obverse design with a soldier dressed in infantry combat uniform in the foreground as a line of taxicabs carry troops from Paris to the Marne front. The bottom of the medal carries the general call for mobilization with the War Cross, cornflower, and poppy. The reverse presents the map of troops movements, corresponding to the beginning of the war in September 1914.
The medal is struck in bronze with a weight of 370 grams, diameter of 81 mm, and mintage of 1,914 pieces.
Completing the range of offerings is a Cornflower insignia made in 92.5% silver with light blue and royal blue resin coatings. The back contains a pin along with the Monnaie de Paris logo.