Le Baiser
50€ gold coin - Proof quality yeardate 2018

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Diameter 22 mm
Metal GOLD 999‰
Weight 7.78 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 500
Millésime 2018
Valeur faciale 50€
Tribute paid to the French museums' most beautiful pieces of artLe Baiser of Rodin, a sculpture inspired by the lving relationship between Paolo and Francesca in the Divine Comedy by Dante. Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major masterpie...
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Le Baiser 50€ gold coin Proof quality yeardate 2018


    • Tribute paid to the French museums' most beautiful pieces of art
    • Le Baiser of Rodin, a sculpture inspired by the lving relationship between Paolo and Francesca in the Divine Comedy by Dante. 
    Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major masterpieces of French museums.

    On the obverse of the coin, we can see the famous Rodin’s sculpture “Le Baiser” ( The kiss) realised in 1882. It is presented surrounded by a window, giving the impression we are into Rodin's museum. 
    The realism and delicacy are perfectly transcribed with the engraving: 
    We can see on the left hand side the stamp « Chefs-d’œuvre des musées » that identifies this new series, and on the right hand side, the title of the piece of art. 

    The reverse is 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 courtyard 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 inscribed on the reverse side.

    The Collection

    Launched in 2017, this series pays tribute in the biggest masterpieces of our museums and commemorates the trends and influences of our History - Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism...

    The Museums' Masterpieces series, or when art meets art. Every year it is a great pleasure to pay tribute to such extraordinary artworks, but it is also a challenge for engraving! That of sublimating these artworks as best we can and using our ancestral methods to translate the artistic power and subliminal effects of these immense original artists. 

    Engraver word
    Girl with a Pearl Earring
    The persistence of memory
    Van Gogh

    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.