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 Rugby World Cup 2023, has launched a series of collector
coins celebrating the sport.
The year 2023
is of dual significance for rugby: beyond the International Competition, we
celebrate the 200th anniversary of this iconic sport. Legend has it that rugby
was born in 1823 at Rugby City College in England, when William Webb Ellis
started running with the ball in his arms during a game of football. This
series celebrates this sport that has now become unmissable in a vast part of
Oval in shape,
in reference to the rugby ball, the obverse of the coin shows three rugby
players in profile at different times. They are in action "together"
through time. The leftmost player represents William Webb Ellis, inventor of
rugby in 1823, running with the ball under his arm. The second player is still
running with the ball clutched to him. Under his feet is the date 1923. The
last player is a nowadays player throwing himself to the ground to score a try.
side shows the Webb Ellis Trophy, which the winner of the Rugby World Cup 2023 will have the
pleasure of holding up. On the left of the cup is the inscription RF and the
logo of the Rugby World Cup France 2023, and on the right the face value. The
phrase "Rugby World Cup France 2023" appears all around the design.