The Monnaie de Paris has released (12th July) a new range of gold and silver coins which focus on the XXXIII Olympiad scheduled to be hosted in the city of Paris in 2024. The latest Olympic collection not only focuses on sport but also on the heritage and historic landmarks of the host country. In particular, for this edition, the emphasis is on the locations and venues throughout Paris which will play host to several competitions of the Games, the very reason why these emblematic and beloved Parisian sites are being honoured.
Place de la Concorde: Located at the foot of the Champs Elysées, it is the largest square in Paris. The depiction includes a partial view of the Hôtel de Crillon along with the Hôtel de la Marine, two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde. Centred is an image of the Luxor Obelisk, a gift to the French Government from Egypt in the 19th century. The text above the primary design reads XXXIIIe OLYMPIADE – PARIS 2024. The additional text PLACE DE LA CONCORDE is shown just below the two palaces. The year of issue, 2022, is shown along the lower right edge.
Opera Garnier: Built during the rule of Emperor Napoleon III, the building was inaugurated in 1875 after his death. It is dedicated to music, ballet, and opera and also houses a permanent exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, and set models. The depiction is of the sumptuous auditorium which seats over 1,900. Above the seating is an image of the equestrian statue seen on both front corners of the roof. The text above the primary design reads XXXIIIe OLYMPIADE – PARIS 2024 with additional text GARNIER OPERA placed at the base along with the year of issue, 2022.
Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre: This basilica built in the style of Neo-Byzantine-Romanesque is located at the top of Monmarte. The main dome rises to more than 200 meters and is the highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. Construction commenced in 1875, continued for forty years, was completed in 1914, and formally consecrated in 1919. Depicted are the three domes, which are the building’s main feature, with an equestrian statue found at the basilica’s main entrance. The text above the primary design reads XXXIIIe OLYMPIADE – PARIS 2024 to the left and SACRÉ-CŒUR DE MONTMARTRE on the right with the year of issue, 2022, seen just below the text on the right.
The reverse side, which is common to both gold and silver coins in the series, presents a view of Paris where the Seine takes on the appearance of an athletics track. The Eiffel Tower dominates the city and illuminates the competition. Cutting through the rays of light is the official logo of the Paris Games placed at the top of the primary design with the initials RF centred. The denomination is superimposed over the design and shown just under the initials.
|22.2 g||38 x 29.1 mm||Proof||
|7.78 g||23 x 17.7 mm||Proof||
The €10 and €50 gold coins are struck to Proof quality and are available to purchase as separate items. For additional information on these and other coins available from the Monnaie de Paris, please visit their website.