Coin of History
Empty Collector Box - Circulating quality yeardate 2019

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Weight 100 g
France's History revisited through its former national currenciesExclusive box for the seriesMonnaie de Paris strikes coins for France since year 864. The treasures, that belongs to its heritage, are the series’ essence. It recounts France’s Histo...
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Coin of History Empty Collector Box Circulating quality yeardate 2019


    • France's History revisited through its former national currencies
    • Exclusive box for the series

    Monnaie de Paris strikes coins for France since year 864. The treasures, that belongs to its heritage, are the series’ essence. It recounts France’s History on some twenty coins, going from the Roman period until today.

    The series will be launched in two stages : the first wave in March 2019 and the second one in September 2019. It is composed of 18 10€ Silver coins depicting former french currencies.
    Two uncolorised 50€ Silver coins, two colorised 50€ Silver coins and the 200€ Gold coin complete the series and present strong French symbols.

    This book shaped box hosts a folder to collect all 10€ silver coins of the collection. 

    The Collection

    Touch the History of France at your fingertips with the Pièce d'Histoire collection! On each silver coin sold, Monnaie de Paris donates 1€ to the Fondation du patrimoine and will contribute to the financing of the projects of the Stéphane Bern Mission, for the safeguard of the national heritage.
    Pièce d'Histoire
    Pièce d'Histoire
    Pièce d'Histoire

    Our craftman


      Our creations are enamelled using a rare technique known as grand feu enamelling. Another workshop sends the enameller a decoration, piece of jewellery or struck medal with hollow spaces on its surface. Using a dip pen, needle or brush, the enameller fills these hollows with enamel, which they have prepared themselves. The fixing of the variously coloured enamel powders is controlled by short, successive firings at 900 degrees.


      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.


      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.