The Monnaie de Paris has issued its 2015 Great War Christmas Truce Proof Coins as part of an ongoing series honoring the centenary of World War I. The design comes in a five-ounce silver version, which costs €435 and has a mintage limit of 500 pieces, and a 1/4-ounce gold issue, which costs €480 and has a mintage limited to 1915 coins.
The new coin’s design highlights the war’s impact on families at Christmastime. The obverse carries an image of a woman decorating a tree with her children; the girl is portrayed as a silhouette, reading a letter from an absent family member. Inscribed near the rim on the bottom left of the design is RF, short for Republique Francaise, or “Republic of France.”
The obverse features soldiers gathering near their own Christmas tree while spending the holiday near the front. Inscribed on this side of the coin is 50 EURO, 2015-2015, and LES FRATERNISES.
Both version of this coin carry a face value of 50 euros. The 5 oz. silver issue is composed of 95% silver and measures 50 mm in diameter, while the 1/4 gold coin is composed of 92% gold and measures 22 mm in diameter. For more information on the 2015 Great War Christmas Truce Silver and Gold Proof Coins, please visit the Web site of the Monnaie de Paris.