The Monnaie de Paris has launched (14th June) their latest series of coins which are part of an overall numismatic programme highlighting the many sites in France included on the UNESCO heritage sites list. For more than 40 years, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has compiled a list of international sites that are part of the world heritage cultural property sites. Since 2007, the Monnaie de Paris has participated in a numismatic programme which honours various monuments in France included in this list with a series of collector coins, and from 2014, a new thematic was proposed which featured the Banks of the Seine in Paris. This year, the Monnaie de Paris celebrates two places in Paris and highlights the Louvre and the Pont des Arts.
Continuing the journey along the Seine, the collection stops at the Louvre and the Pont des Arts. The Louvre was specially chosen for 2018 as Paris honours the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of its spectacular glass structure, the Louvre Pyramid. Selected rhodium and gold highlights emphasise the shapes of the pyramid and the bridge on €50 and €10 silver coins.
The Louvre is the biggest museum of art and antiquity in the world. The Pont des Arts was the first iron bridge in Paris, with an amazing view on the banks of the Seine. Both landmarks are quintessentially Parisian and have conjured up romantic visions of the City of Lights for decades.
The obverse of the coins depicts familiar elements of the edifice of the Louvre Museum along with the recently added triangular glass pyramid, which was designed by Sino-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, and completed in 1989. Above these two elements is the Pont des Arts that occupies the second half of the coin. The arches are embellished with a gold detail on the two smaller silver coin denominations. The words RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE are placed at the very top of the coin’s design and can be read if the coin is tilted 180 degrees.
The reverse, common to the whole series, is divided into two parts: the UNESCO logo and the face value are shown on the left side, and on the right there is an aerial view of the location of the two monuments. The two sides are joined by the course of the Seine across Paris.
|€10||.900 Silver||22.2 g||37 mm||Proof||5,000|
|€50||.950 Silver||163.8 g||50 mm||Proof||500|
|€500||.999 Silver||1000 g||100 mm||Proof||500|
|€50||.999 Gold||7.78 g||22 mm||Proof||2,000|
|€200||.999 Gold||31.104 g||37 mm||Proof||500|
Each coin is available as an individual purchase and is encapsulated and presented in a custom Monnaie de Paris case, accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information on these and other coins available from the Monnaie de Paris, please visit their website.