SMILEY Gratitude - Mini-medal 34 mm
The adaptation of the Smiley on a coin or a medal goes further than a simple pictorial retranscription. It is the very expression of Smiley's emotions and aura that allow Monnaie de Paris to perfect its tribute for the 50th anniversary of the yellow smile.Engraver word
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
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.