The Monnaie de Paris has unveiled a new collection of coins issued to celebrate the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Both the 10 Euro Silver Coin and 200 Euro Gold Coin within the collection feature an oval shape with a convex obverse and concave reverse.
In recent years, there have been an increasing number of domed or curved coins issued. In most instances, this shape has been used to accentuate the the particular theme of the coin. The domed shape has been used for numerous sports themed coins as well as astronomy themed coins depicting the night sky. In this case, the domed and oval shape of the coin mimics the shape of a rugby ball.
The convex obverse design of the coin features a depiction of a mêlée between two teams. In the background is a depiction of a rugby ball, which also incorporates lines like those on the rugby field. The official logo of the Rugby World Cup appears at the central base.
The concave reverse design of the coin features a scene of a rugby player tackling his opponent, framed against the background of a rugby ball and open air stadium. The denomination appears above with the zeros shown as rugby balls. The indication “RF” and a trophy appear at the lower left.
The oval and domed shaped versions of the coin include 10 Euro 90% Silver Coin with a weight of 22.2 grams and a 200 Euro 99.9% Gold Coin with a weight of 1 troy ounce. The silver coin is limited to a mintage of 5,000 pieces, while the gold coin is limited to 500 pieces.
A modified version of the design is also available on two other gold coins, which have a round shape and typical flat profile. This includes a 50 Euro 92% 1/4 oz Gold Coin with a mintage of 1,000 pieces and a 500 Euro 99.9% 5 oz Gold with a mintage of 99 pieces.