France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year “Masterpieces of the Museums” series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims […]

Monnaie de Paris to issue breast-cancer awareness €2 coin

Scooping the world of numismatic publications, WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) reported yesterday that the Monnaie de Paris will be issuing a commemorative €2 coin to benefit breast-cancer research. It’s no surprise that news emerged via the fashion world, as the coin is being produced in association with the Estée Lauder Companies’ “Le Cancer du Seins Parlons-en!” […]

France: “Treasures of Paris” coin series continues with focus on Statue of Liberty

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (20th January) a new set of coins highlighting the many treasures of the French capital, Paris. This second set of coins follows last year’s set, which featured the Palais Garnier and Institut de France. The first coin in the 2017-dated series pays special homage to one of the world’s most enduring […]

France: Ever-popular figure of Marianne features on latest gold and silver collector coins

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (20th January) a new set of coins that feature a modern rendition of Marianne, the female allegory of France. Since 1877, Marianne has had place of honour in official buildings throughout cities and towns of the French Republic. Her profile appears on official documents, on many definitive postage stamps, and […]

CoinWeek Selects Three World Coins and One U.S. Coin for Its “Best Coin Designs of 2016”

  On December 12, World Mint News Blog posted the news of the first-round COTY Awards for 2015-dated coins. Today we’d like to share CoinWeek’s top picks for the best coin designs of 2016. Their top-ranking coin is the 2016 Women of France / Queen Mathilde 1-ounce, 200 euro gold coin from Monnaie de Paris […]

France: Year 4 of Popular “7 Arts” Series Features New Coins Honoring Actor/Director Jean Gabin

On November 27, the Monnaie de Paris launched their latest coins in the very popular and contemporary series entitled “The 7 Arts,” which encompasses seven media of artistic expression. This set of coins, the fourth in a seven-year series, is dedicated to cinema. In this category the coins feature famed actor and director Jean Gabin […]

Monnaie de Paris: Third “French Excellence” Series Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Van Cleef and Arpels

Since 2014, the Monnaie de Paris have teamed up each year with one of 70 producers of French luxury goods to produce the “French Excellence” limited-edition coin series. Each year’s series brings together and celebrates two different kinds of craftsmanship. The Paris Mint’s contribution, of course, is metalwork. The first year’s partner, Baccarat, which was […]

Monnaie de Paris Issues 2016 Women of France: Joan of Arc Gold and Silver Coins

The Monnaie de Paris has released its 2016 Women of France: Joan of Arc gold and silver coins, which carry the third design in the Mint’s new “Women of France” series launched earlier this year. The coin is available in a 22.2-gram silver Proof version and as 1/4-ounce and 1-ounce gold Proof pieces. The Joan […]

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 […]

France Continues Sower Series with “The Teston” Gold and Silver Coins

The Monnaie de Paris has released the next design in its Sower Historic Coins series, which recalls France’s numismatic heritage by highlighting some of the most significant coins in the nation’s history. The 2016 issues feature the teston, a sixteenth century issue that circulated during the reign of Francis 1. This year’s design is available […]