Unesco Tower of Belem
10€ silver coin - Proof quality yeardate 2019

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Diameter 37 mm
Metal SILVER 900‰
Weight 22.2 g
Qualité Proof
La qualité "Belle Épreuve" est la plus haute qualité numismatique devant les qualités "Brillant Universel" (BU) et "courante". Une pièce belle épreuve est une pièce obtenue au moyen de coins et de flans spécialement préparés et de conditions de frappe particulières, de sorte que les motifs de gravure ressortent avec une grande netteté et que la surface est sans défaut. Les fonds de la gravure sont extrêmement brillants, les reliefs sont matés.
Mintage 3000
Millésime 2019
Valeur faciale 10€
Collection highlighting the UNESCO World heritageEmblematic monuments all around the world For more than 40 years, the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) lists the sites that are part of the “world ...
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Unesco Tower of Belem 10€ silver coin Proof quality yeardate 2019


    • Collection highlighting the UNESCO World heritage
    • Emblematic monuments all around the world 

    For more than 40 years, the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) lists the sites that are part of the “world heritage cultural property sites”. Since 2007, Monnaie de Paris honours various monuments included in this list in a series of collector coins. From 2019, this thematic is expanding one more time all over the world.
    In 2019, Monnaie de Paris celebrates the Belem Tower and Vasco de Gama.

    The obverse shows the Belem Tower viewed from Tagus banks, on the Hieronymites Monastery’s side. The most important items composing the tower are highlighted, such as the turrets or the cross-ribs. At the top on the right, « 500 ans Tour de Belém » is written. It means 500th anniversary of the Belem Tower because 2019 marks the birthday of the towers construction. 
    The « RF », the 2019 yeardate  and the mintmarks are visible on the obverse. On the lower part of the design, an old coin contemporary to the tower, O Português, is inscribed in one of the tower’s balustrades.

    The reverse is not similar to the previous years because it is not only about the banks of the Seine anymore but about all the world’s heritage of Unesco. 
    The series reverse shows a portrait of Vasco da Gama, key symbol of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. On this reverse, items related to navigation are added, such as Vasco da Gama’s caravel, the sea or the navigation compass. 
    At the top on the right, « 550 ans Vasco de Gama » is written mixed with a spices frieze like on an armillary sphere, as 2019 marks the 550th birthday of the famous Portuguese navigator. On the lower left side is the face value. 

    Our craftman


      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.


      The first minters began to ply their trade in France when striking with a hammer appeared in the 4th century BC. Nowdays, minsters use press instead of a hammer. Their knowledge of dies, engraving and metals, and their expertise - passed seamlessly down from one generation to the next for centuries - guarantees the excellence of their work.