In 2022, Monnaie de Paris launches a new collection mini-medals in a sealed in a "mystery" bag. Each mystery bag contains a random miniature medal from the new Asterix collection.This series includes 12 colorful mini-medals, representing the...
After the launch of the first collection celebrating the release of the new album Asterix and the Griffin in 2021, the Monnaie de Paris continues to honour one of the emblematic figures of the French comic strip at the heart of this new innovative monetary collection.
Translating comic book characters is an interesting but perilous exercise. The transition from comic strip to volume must faithfully transcribe the clear line of Uderzo’s and Conrad‘s work. These medals are the faithful representation of a graphic line proper to the french artist, it is a tribute in three dimensions paid by the craftsmen of Monnaie de Paris to the universe of Asterix.
THE MEDAL MINTER
The medal minter transforms a blank into a medal, alternating between striking to bring out the relief and annealing to return the metal to a more malleable state. The blank is struck as many times as necessary, depending on the diameter, depth and detail of the engraving. Finally, surface treatments are applied to enhance the finished piece
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.
D'une façon générale s'agissant de cadeaux, certains récipiendaires voudront toucher et manipuler la pièce tandis que d'autres voudront la conservée protégée. Pour ceux qui aiment la manipulation ils devront détruire la présentation des pièces sous film plastique. Peut être avez vous 2 types de clients : certains n'ont probablement pas besoin de tant d'emballage ?