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Moliere - 400th anniversary of his birth
20€ Silver Coin High Relief - Proof Quality Yeardate 2022

€110.00
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Diameter 37 mm
Metal SILVER 999‰
Weight 31.1 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 3000
Millésime 2022
Valeur faciale 20€
In 2021, Monnaie de Paris is inaugurating a new series based on literary styles and authors who have marked the history of literature in France and abroad.In 2022, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth, Monnaie de Paris pays tribut...
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Moliere - 400th anniversary of his birth 20€ Silver Coin High Relief Proof Quality Yeardate 2022 | Monnaie de Paris
20€ Silver Coin High Relief - Proof Quality Yeardate 2022
€110.00

    Description

    In 2021, Monnaie de Paris is inaugurating a new series based on literary styles and authors who have marked the history of literature in France and abroad.In 2022, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth, Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, the greatest actor and playwright of French theatre.


    On the observe of this coin, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, is shown in profile, The most famous French playwright is depicted in a theatre setting: his hair merges with the stage curtain and theatre boards are visible. Two of his most iconic characters from his plays are also present: the Bourgeois Gentilhomme and the Avare, whose "precious" is an allegory of the Comédie Française Theatre, also represented in the background. Also known as the House of Molière', Comédie Française is the theatre where he performed his last play: Le Malade Imaginaire. His name and dates are shown on the outline of the coin with a sun, symbolising the protection afforded to him by Louis XIV.


    This design exists in 20€ Proof High Relief to highlight the author's profile.The reverse side is common to the entire "Art of the Pen" series".Several emblematic quotations are inscribed on it, such as Voltaire’s “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien", Dane Alighieri's "Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch'intrate", William Shakespeare's "To be or not to be: that is the question" or Nietzsche's "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker".


    A feather is engraved in the center of the coin and underneath the title of the serie.The mention "RF" is designed at the bottom right of the coin as well as the hallmark of Joaquin Jimenez.

    The Collection

    2021 marks the 400th birth anniversary of the famous French poet Jean de La Fontaine and on this occasion, the artisans of the Monnaie de Paris decided to pay tribute to him with different collections of coins and medals.

    To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Jean de la Fontaine’s birth, I was keen on translating his works in metallic metaphor and second degree. We have therefore created products that are full of hidden references while being figurative at the same time. Up to you to find them out!

    Engraver word
    La Fontaine
    La Fontaine
    La Fontaine

    Our craftman

    • THE ENAMELLER

      Our creations are enamelled using a rare technique known as grand feu enamelling. Another workshop sends the enameller a decoration, piece of jewellery or struck medal with hollow spaces on its surface. Using a dip pen, needle or brush, the enameller fills these hollows with enamel, which they have prepared themselves. The fixing of the variously coloured enamel powders is controlled by short, successive firings at 900 degrees.

    • THE MEDAL MINTER

      The medal minter transforms a blank into a medal, alternating between striking to bring out the relief and annealing to return the metal to a more malleable state. The blank is struck as many times as necessary, depending on the diameter, depth and detail of the engraving. Finally, surface treatments are applied to enhance the finished piece

    • THE ENGRAVER

      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 MINTER

      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.

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