Monnaie de Paris

France’s longest standing institution and the oldest enterprise in the world, Monnaie de Paris was officially founded in 864 with the Edict of Pistres. In the Edict, Charles II – known as Charles the Bald – decreed the creation of a coining workshop in Paris, attached to the crown, in addition to eight further workshops in the provinces. The Parisian workshop, the only one in France in continuous operation since it opened, gained precedence under the Ancien Régime as the country’s foremost mint.

The Monnaie de Paris fulfils the public service mission of striking the euro coins in circulation for France, as well as coins for other foreign currencies.

For twelve centuries, it has cultivated a venerable tradition of metalworking arts and crafts. It was Paris first industrial establishment and is the last in operation today. Artistic pieces are still produced at its historic Quai de Conti manufacture.

Attached to the French ministry for the economy, finances and industry since 1796, Monnaie de Paris became an Etablissement public industriel et commercial (EPIC, an official designation for state-funded industrial and commercial institutions) in January 2007.

Articles and Video of the Monnaie de Paris

An Emergency Coin From a Country That No Longer Exists

An Emergency Coin From a Country That No Longer Exists

By Jay Turner for PCGS ......   Emergency issues are often prized coins in numismatics. Generally, these coins are made in times of desperation and withdrawn...
The Coin Analyst: Collecting Modern Ukrainian Coins

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Modern Ukrainian Coins

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek .....   Until the Russian Invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24, Ukrainian coins were most widely collected in...
France 1896-A 20 Francs Faisceau privy Gad-1063, Full Brockage Reverse Mint Error, PCGS AU58. Courtesy of PCGS TrueView

PCGS Around the World – Full Mirror Brockage Mint Error French...

By Jay Turner for PCGS ......   France 1896-A 20 Francs Faisceau privy Gad-1063, Full Brockage Reverse Mint Error, PCGS AU58. Courtesy of PCGS TrueView In coin...
Monnaie de Paris Releases Coins and Medals to Commemorate the Smurfs

Monnaie de Paris Releases Coins and Medals to Commemorate the Smurfs

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   In 1958, the Belgian comic artist Pierre "Peyo" Culliford created Les Schtroumpfs. These lovable little blue dwarfs--more commonly known...

The Coin Analyst: The Best Performing Modern Coins of 2020

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek .....   The fifth annual Coin Analyst review of modern coins that performed best among those issued in 2020 includes...

La Semeuse: France Pays Tribute to Coin That Inspired Walking Liberty...

The Sower The Semeuse, or "Sower", has been one of the preeminent motifs of French numismatic history for over a century. Originally, La Semeuse was created...

Monnaies Françaises: French Coin Reference 2020 Edition Available in November

French "Red" Book by Coin & Currency Institute ......   Monnaies Françaises has been the bible on the coins of modern France since it was first...

Monnaie de Paris Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Man’s 1st Step on...

Orchestrated by the Apollo 11 mission, the First Step on the Moon was made July 21, 1969, by astronaut Neil Armstrong. APOLLO 11 Part of the...

Women of France: Marie Curie 2019 Gold, Silver Proof Coins

Series Inspiration In 2016, Monnaie de Paris launched a new series that pays tribute to French History through the women who have had an influence...

Monnaie de Paris to Issue Last of Marianne Gold Coin Series

By Monnaie de Paris .......   A Contemporary Allegory of Fraternity Since 2008, the Monnaie de Paris has been striking coins that revisit the major numismatic symbols of...
The Coin Analyst: The Euro and Its Impact on Numismatics 20 Years on

The Coin Analyst: The Euro’s Impact on Numismatics After 20 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek .....   On January 4, 1999, 11 members of the European Union began using a common currency known as the euro....

Monnaie de Paris Commemorates Surrealist Guillaume Apollinaire on New Gold, Silver...

Guillaume Apollinaire Born the 26th of August, 1880, Guillaume Apollinaire (originally named Guglielmo de Kostrowitzky) was a french poet and writer considered one of the...

Fall of the Berlin Wall 200 Euro Gold Coin From Monnaie...

History Built during the night of August 12-13, 1961, by the German Democratic Republic, the Berlin Wall (or "Wall of Shame" in West Germany) was...

Monnaie de Paris Issues Mini-Medal to Commemorate World Cup Wins

In 1998, after defeating the Croats in the semifinals, France celebrated the World Cup title of World Champion following their victory against Brazil. Twenty...

Women of France: George Sand 2018 Gold, Silver Proof Coins From...

Series Inspiration In 2016, Monnaie de Paris launched a new series that pays tribute to French History through the women who have had an influence...