Maison Lacoste has been closely linked to the history of the Roland Garros tournament from its creation, René Lacoste having won it several times in the 1920s.
To continue the celebration of Maison Lacoste 90th anniversary, its historical partner, Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament, is joining the collaboration and allowing Monnaie de Paris to mint a 10 euro round coin; the very same one that will be used for the « Toss » during the 2023 tournament.
This traditional draw, whose name is an abbreviation of the action « to toss the coin », makes it possible to determine in all equity which of the two players will open the match.
Issued in a limited series of only 1933 pieces, this coin, minted in the highest quality of numismatics Proof Finish, will be available in the Roland Garros shops throughout the 2023 tournament.
On the obverse, a crocodile, representing both René Lacoste and the brand he founded, is hugging the coin’s upper edge. Placed on a sandy background evoking Roland-Garros clay courts, the crocodile overlooks the silhouette of the tennis champion in action on the court, symbolized by perpendicular lines.
The coin’s reverse is divided into three distinct areas, referring to a tennis ball seen from above. The first has the texture of a crocodile skin; the second, that of the Lacoste polo shirt cotton piqué; and the third one, that of a tennis racket stringing. In the middle of the coin, the face value takes center stage, with its 0 represented by a tennis ball.