Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major masterpieces of French museums or having been painted in France.
The obverse represent Salvador Dali's famous work "The Persistence of Memory". This coin is coloured and surrounded by a sand blasted silver outline to give the illusion of the frame of the work.
The name of the painting as well as the artist's name and the year ofthe coin are inscribed at the bottom of the painting, on the frame. The reverse is common to the series. It depicts several views of many major French museums. An interior view of the Musée d’Orsay, on the top left, is recognizable by its distinctive clock. Beside that is a view of the façade of the Louvre as seenfrom the Napoleon courtyard where the pyramid is located. Below these two elements, a fresco shows the Hôtel Salé, which houses the Picasso Museum.
The lower portion of the reverse side features a view of the façade of Hôtel Biron, the current Rodin Museum, and above, the famous Centre Pompidou stairway. The face value and the words “République Française” are also inscribed on the reverse side.