France Unveils 2016 Banks of the Seine Gold and Silver Coins


France’s Monnaie de Paris has unveiled a new set of coins in its “Banks of the Seine” series, which highlights culturally significant locations along the Seine River in Paris, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The new coins feature the Musée d’Orsay, one of the most famous art museums in the world. The museum was established in a converted railway station in 1986 and is perhaps best known for its unparalleled collection of Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Cézanne, and Van Gogh, among many others. Also featured is a significant museum from the other side of the Seine, the Petit Palais, which contains paintings and sculpture by artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, and Rodin.


The obverse design features a view of the inside of the Musée d’Orsay, emphasizing the building’s famous clock which was built to aid travelers while the structure still functioned as a train station. The lower half of the design carries an image of the entrance to the Petit Palais, with the inscription REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE included near the rim of the coin.


The reverse features an aerial view of the Seine River with Parisian streets seen along each bank. Inscriptions pinpointing the highlighted museums–PETIT PALAIS and ORSAY–are placed near the coin’s rim. In the field opposite this motif is the UNESCO logo with the inscriptions PARIS, RIVES DE LA SEINE, 2016, and the monetary denomination.


Silver versions of the coin employ black rhodium and gold on their obverses to accentuate the dynamism of the design. The Mint will be begin shipping them on June 16, while the gold issues are available now.

This set includes three gold coins and two silver options. For gold, the design comes on a 1 oz. coin with a face value of 200€ and a mintage limit of 500 pieces, a 1/4 oz. 50€ coin limited to 2,000 units, and a 1/2 g 5€ piece capped at 5,000 coins. The silver options include a 5 oz. 50€ coin with a mintage limit of 500 units and a 22.2 g 10€ issue limited to 5,000 pieces. All five coins carry Proof finishes.

For more information on 2016 Banks of the Seine gold and silver coins, please visit the Web site of the Monnaie de Paris.

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