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.
After the first collection launch, which celebrated the upcoming new album « Asterix and the Griffin » in 2021, once again, Monnaie de Paris keeps on paying tribute to the most famous Gaul in 2022 for the second part of the collection.This D...
After the first collection launch, which celebrated the upcoming new album « Asterix and the Griffin » in 2021, once again, Monnaie de Paris keeps on paying tribute to the most famous Gaul in 2022 for the second part of the collection.
This Dogmatix-shaped coin pays tribute to the character created by Uderzo, the reliable dog and friend of our favourite Gauls. The dog, always concerned with environnemental issues and ready for action, is here displaying a proud smile.
On the reverse, Idefix’s favourite bones are covering the background. On the bottom of the coin, we can find the value numeral, the mention « RF » and the yeardate 2022.
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.
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.
I was delighted with the design of the product.