The reference to René Lacoste is twofold: this racket-shaped coin alludes to the tennis champion as well as the designer of the first metal racket shown here.
On the obverse, the handle is similar to that of an actual tennis racket, with the engraving reflecting the reality of the object. A crocodile and a ball are featured on the stringing design. The Crocodile, René Lacoste’s nickname, has become the brand’s emblem. And as a tribute to Simone Thion de La Chaume, his wife and a golf champion, the tennis ball has the texture of a golf ball.
On the reverse, the same realism can be observed, with only one additional detail: the manufacture year engraved at the top of the handle. The stringing is replaced by the emblematic cotton piqué pattern.
And the stringing design appears at the top of a polo shirt placed below the face value, with the zeros resembling tennis balls.