08 May 2019
Three new coins from the French Mint pay tribute to the splendour of the cathedral of Notre Dame, with money from each sale going to the restoration fund following the fire of 15 April.
Notre Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, suffered a serious fire on 15 April, that destroyed the spire, much of the roof and some of the interior of the medieval building. Within hours of the fire a global fundraising appeal had been launched, with French president Emmanuel Macron pledging to rebuild the cathedral.
The new coins from the French Mint (Monnaie de Paris) are inspired by a coin designed in 2013 that celebrated the 850th anniversary of the cathedral. The obverse of this new coin pays tribute to the architecture of the cathedral by depicting its most distinguishable features: the gargoyles, the towers and the centre of the rose window. The words ‘15/04/2019 Reconstruction’ and ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ pay tribute to the pledge to rebuild Notre Dame.
The face value, the yeardate 2019 and the UNESCO logo are featured on the reverse. Three coins are available:
- €10 silver proof .900 (priced at €65 with €20 going to the restoration)
- €50 ¼ oz gold (priced at €550 with €100 going to the restoration)
- 1oz gold (priced at €2,200 with €300 going to the restoration)
Coin details (silver proof)
Metal: Silver 900/1000
To order the coins, visit the French Mint website.
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