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.
In 2022, Monnaie de Paris in association with the Louvre museum will propose an exclusive collection combining their know-how.Symbol of French excellence, these two neighboring age-old institutions, located on either bank of the Seine, belong to F...
French Excellence - Louvre museum 10€ Silver Coin Proof quality yeardate 2022
In 2022, Monnaie de Paris in association with the Louvre museum will propose an exclusive collection combining their know-how.
Symbol of French excellence, these two neighboring age-old institutions, located on either bank of the Seine, belong to French history.
In order to celebrate both the 200th anniversary of the deciphering of hieroglyphs and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Monnaie de Paris has partnered with the Louvre museum to offer an exceptional collection on the theme of the Treasures of Egypt.
This coin in the shape of the great sphinx of Tanis perfectly reproduce the statue in the Louvre museum. The inscription "1822-2022" refers to the 200th anniversary of the deciphering of hieroglyphs.
The reverse depicts the gold encrusted bronze case that once belonged to Divine worshipper Shepenupet. The central axis depicts the status of the God Amun watching over the young Tutankhamun.
The Pyramid, a timeless link between yesterday's and today's heritage, adorns the bottom of the reverse, and proudly displays the cartouches of Tutankhamun. The face value is present in the centre of the coin as well as the word RF. The reverse side bears the mintmark of Joaquin Jimenez.
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.
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.