Gadoury releases 2018 edition of French standard reference, Monnaies Françaises

The following is a press release courtesy of the Coin & Currency Institute.

Monnaies Françaises has been an informative text on the coins of modern France since it was first published in 1973. It is now authored by Francesco Pastrone and published by Editions Victor Gadoury of Monaco. In French, it is called “Le Rouge” (The Red). The 23rd edition, covering the years 1789-2017 is now available with all illustrations in color and a number of new features. Making its debut in this edition is a 41-page section on the avidly collected essais, piéforts, and Proofs (or flans brunis) of Napoleon III (1851-1868). Also new are the coins of the Kingdom of Westphalia, French euro coins through 2017, and expanded coverage of the coinage of Monaco. The book also has more than 500 additional photos showing many close-up details.

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At 590 pages, it is 30 pages larger than its last edition but is being sold at the same price of $45.00. It has information on all French coins minted since the revolution of 1789 through the current Fifth Republic in chronological order by denomination (smallest to largest), including both the circulation and collector issues of France’s modern euro coins. Also given are metal, fineness, weight, diameter, edge, engraver’s name, and privy marks. Mintage figures are provided by date and mint mark for each denomination, along with the current values in euros in up to five grades. Included are obsidional coinage for the sieges of Mainz and Antwerp, special sections on commemorative coins, coins of Monaco, coins of Corsica (1736, 1762-68), coins of Saarland (1954-55), Italian coinage under Napoleon (1800-1815), and an illustrated guide of all privy marks.

The book may be ordered from the Coin & Currency Institute, P.O. Box 399, Williston, Vermont 05495. $5.75 will be added to each order for shipping and handling to the United States. Major credit cards are accepted. Call toll-free 1-800-421-1866, fax (802) 536-4787, e-mail:, or order online.

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