French Excellence - Berluti
10€ Gold Coin - Penny Loafer - Proof quality yeardate 2020

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Diameter 20 mm
Metal GOLD 999‰
Weight 3.11 g
Qualité Proof
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.
Mintage 200
Millésime 2020
Valeur faciale 10€
An exceptional coin presenting outstanding knowhowThe alliance of two famous French companiesMonnaiede Paris collaborates with a French house and creates, every year, a uniqueseries inspired by two traditions of fine French craftsmanship. In 2020,...
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French Excellence - Berluti 10€ Gold Coin - Penny Loafer Proof quality yeardate 2020


    • An exceptional coin presenting outstanding knowhow
    • The alliance of two famous French companies

    Monnaiede Paris collaborates with a French house and creates, every year, a uniqueseries inspired by two traditions of fine French craftsmanship. In 2020, Monnaiede Paris celebrates Berluti, specialized in patinated leathershoes work for 125 years.

    The coins of this collection transcribe the craft of the shoe through the trace of steps. The Berluti emblemis revealed at the heart of the creation. The iron of the heel protecting thesole is adorned with the House's Scritto,a tribute to the calligraphy and know-how of the House.

    A must-have in the men's locker room, the moccasin has been a real success since the 1920s, when American students began to make it their own. They then displayed a dandy chic style that spread all over the world. These same students slipped a penny under the tongue of their moccasins, which was very handy to get to the phone booth. The penny loafer model was born.

    The collaboration of the Berluti House and Monnaie de Paris has given new meaning to this custom. By inserting the small coins into the Andy moccasin, Berluti's iconic model, the two partner companies retrace the history of the penny loafer moccasin. The coins were minted with a curved tool to fit the moccasin's tongue perfectly. 

    The obverse represents the identity coat of arms of the Berluti House. On this coat of arms is inscribed the date of creation of the House: 1895. The words "125th Anniversary" and "French Republic" appear in an arc of a circle, respectively at the top and bottom of the emblem. Small nails echoing the work on the leather are added as well as the engraving punches.

    The reverse shows a footprint, the one the Berluti House leaves in the world of luxury shoes. A checkerboard including the Berluti coat of arms adorns the background of the coin. The face value and the yeardate are also visible on this reverse. 

    The Collection

    Founded in 864, Monnaie of Paris is the oldest company in the world. It has cultivated tradition in the metal artworks for twelve centuries. As such, it is an associate member of Colbert Committee, gathering the greatest French luxury companies. In 2014, Monnaie of Paris is celebrating its 1150th anniversary. For this occasion, Monnaie of Paris is launching a new collection named "French Excellence". The aim is to highlight every year one of the art crafts that constitute the unique heritage of French luxury, by working with one major house belonging to Colbert Committee.

    It is obviously the meeting of two great French houses, the Louvre and Monnaie de Paris, that nourishes this edition, but also the meeting of know-how several centuries apart. It is actually a great emotion to engrave again these historical motifs as the craftsmen of the time were able to do in their time. I feel like I am in the shoes of the Pharaoh's personal engraver more than three millennia later.

    Engraver word

    Our craftman


      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.