How does the Monnaie de Paris, the french Mint, make its coins and artworks? The 11 Conti Museum invites you to meet 500 employees who go about their daily work in Paris and at the factory in Pessac. From hammer striking to screw presses to modern presses ... over the course of time, methods have evolved, achieving ever sharper and more precise results. Visit our facilities and our machinery along a circuit of discovery of our secrets and our manufacturing methods.
See some of our workshops during working hours for a demonstration of the outstanding know-how and skills of our craftspeople. You will visit our foundry, our chasing and finishing workshop, and the Great Coin Mint, the heart of the mint. It was refurbished so that part of the minting process of the commemorative 2-euro coins could be carried out there. Special minting programmes for these coins take place every year according to our planning schedule. Stimulate your senses by guessing scents associated with some activities of the workshops and discover the work of craftsmen during demonstrations of engraving which are also held here three times a week.
At the centre of the manufacturing room: the focus is on the Monnaie de Paris craftsmanship, with shops for engraving, casting, stamping, patina application, chasing, jewellery making, and enamelling. Tools, works in various stages of completion, demonstrations, and explainer videos show you the different techniques used by these arts and crafts.
Have fun while learning how coins and medals are struck in our workshops. The hammer and the screw press will no longer hold any secrets for you! Add to your knowledge by examining the objects in our collections on display in our showcases, bearing witness to the development of minting methods.