La qualité "Belle Épreuve" est la plus haute qualité numismatique devant les qualités "Brillant Universel" (BU) et "courante". Une pièce belle épreuve est une pièce obtenue au moyen de coins et de flans spécialement préparés et de conditions de frappe particulières, de sorte que les motifs de gravure ressortent avec une grande netteté et que la surface est sans défaut. Les fonds de la gravure sont extrêmement brillants, les reliefs sont matés.
Coins designed in collaboration with Romain Hugault, famous comics author.Tribute to the planes that have marked HistoryThe Alpha Jet, an iconic plane of the Patrouille de France.In 2021, Monnaie de Paris is highlighting the Alpha Jet, a Franco-Ge...
Coins designed in collaboration with Romain Hugault, famous comics author.
Tribute to the planes that have marked History
The Alpha Jet, an iconic plane of the Patrouille de France.
In 2021, Monnaie de Paris is highlighting the Alpha Jet, a Franco-German (Dassault-Breguet / Dornier) creation, intended for training or ground attack. It has equipped the Patrouille de France since 1981 and is one of the five aircraft that have marked the history of the Patrouille de France; it contributed to the influence of the French Air Force throughout the world. It is on the occasion of the 40 years of the Alpha Jet within the Patrouille de France but also for the 90 years of this one that we decided to put them both in the honour.
The front shows an Alpha Jet in full flight. In the background, several aircraft can be seen in formation. The words "40 YEARS OF ALPHA JET 1981-2021" refer to the date when the Alpha Jet replaced the Fouga Magister in the Patrouille de France.
For the first time in the Aviation and History series, the face of the silver denominations is coloured with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag on the aircraft and on the plume left in the sky.
The reverse, common to the series, features the profiles of two pilots, symbolising the different eras and types of use: civil and military. In the sky are several aircrafts, also representing the different eras and uses, in a tribute to the history of aviation. The face value is inscribed on the bottom left of the reverse side, as is the symbol “RF”.
This series on aviation and history has been designed to pay tribute to the planes that left the greatest marks on the history of aviation. From the Spirit of Saint Louis to the most modern planes such as the A380, all plane types and eras are featured.
Trained at the best schools, they have the years of experience behind them necessary to master all aspects of the craft. Using industrial oil-based modelling clay and working from a design executed freehand or with CAD software, they skilfully fashion a low relief model in order to enhance the engraving and the way it catches the light. They work alternately with concave and convex plaster moulds until satisfied they have achieved the best 3D rendering of the design.
The first minters began to ply their trade in France when striking with a hammer appeared in the 4th century BC. Nowdays, minsters use press instead of a hammer. Their knowledge of dies, engraving and metals, and their expertise - passed seamlessly down from one generation to the next for centuries - guarantees the excellence of their work.