The Monnaie de Paris has launched new silver coins and base metal medallions which are offered for sale to aid in the reconstruction of one of the world’s greatest landmarks. The series of events on the 15th April shocked the world as news reports and videos showed, what, for many was unthinkable — the day Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire and burned into the night. Preliminary reports have offered the encouraging information that the 850-year-old structure is still sound and can be renovated over what is expected to be a lengthy period of time.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris, is, quite simply, the heart and soul of the nation of France. Built more than eight hundred years ago, today it welcomes each year more than 13 million visitors from all over the world and is the most visited monument in Europe. On the 15th April 2019, a terrible fire destroyed part of the cathedral. The Monnaie de Paris is associated with the reconstruction of this important cultural icon, and it is, without a doubt, a witness to the history of France.
The Monnaie de Paris has assembled a collection of medals, coins, and tokens and for each sale, and a significant portion of the proceeds will be forwarded to the fund that will be used for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame.
The designs of the 2019-dated coins are modelled on the 2013 series of Notre-Dame coins issued for the 850th anniversary of the inauguration of the construction of Notre-Dame. The addition of the date “15/04/2019” and the inscription Reconstruction is added to the original design.
A medal designed specifically for sale with proceeds going towards the reconstruction includes a depiction of the famed stained glass windows. Surrounding the design is the inscription RECONSTRUCTION DE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS 15 AVRIL 2019. The name of the MONNAIE DE PARIS is seen below the design.
The reverse side depicts an intricately detailed image of Notre-Dame, affectionately referred to as “the Lady” by most Parisians, with a curious gargoyle looking in the direction of the cathedral from the left side.
|17.7 g||34 mm||Brilliant Unc.||
|22.2 g||37 mm||Proof||
For more information on the Notre-Dame Reconstruction €10 coin, please click here.
For more information on the Notre-Dame Reconstruction medal, please click here.