Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major master pieces of French museums or having been painted in France.
The front side features Vermeer's famous painting "TheGirl with a Pearl Earring". To represent the work, it is coloured and thereal frame has been engraved to complete the illusion. The name of the painting, the artist, his birth and death dates and the year of the coin are written on the bottom of the frame.
The reverseis common to the series. It depicts several views of many major French museums. An interior view of the Musée d’Orsay, on the top left, is recognizable by its distinctive clock. Beside that is a view of the façade of the Louvre as seen from the Napoleon court yard where the pyramid is located. Below these two elements, a fresco shows the Hôtel Salé, which houses the Picasso Museum. The lower portion of the reverse side features a view of the façade of Hôtel Biron, the current Rodin Museum, and above, the famous Centre Pompidou stairway. The face value and the words “République Française” are also in scribed on the reverse side.