In 2023, France will host its second Rugby World Cup,
following the 2007 tournament. This competition is the most prestigious rugby
tournament in the world, and has been held every four years since 1987. To prepare for this major sporting event,
Monnaie de Paris, in collaboration with the Rugby World Cup 2023, has launched a
series of collector coins celebrating the sport.
This series is dedicated to some of the great European
rugby nations, particularly the Anglo-Saxon countries from which the sport
itself originated. France, England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland are featured on
five Quarters (€1/4), while the sixth is dedicated to the Rugby World Cup 2023
At the centre of the coin stands the Eiffel Tower seen from
below. On its right, a rugby player in the midst of a run is holding the ball
under his arm while holding out the other as if he was fending off an opponent.
On the other side of the tower, the French flag is represented on a shield in
heraldry. The name « France » follows the outline of the coin above and
below the shield.
reverse for the series shows the Webb Ellis Trophy, which the winner of the World
Cup will have the pleasure of raising. On the left of the cup is the
inscription RF and on the right the face value ¼€. The Rugby World Cup logo is
inserted below. All around the design are the words "Coupe du Monde Rugby