The world stood in shock on April 15, 2019 when a major fire engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France’s most famous landmarks, destroying part of the historic centuries old building. While undergoing renovation and restoration, the roof of Notre-Dame caught fire causing serious damage, including the destruction of the timber spire over the crossing and most of the lead-covered wooden roof above the stone vaulted ceiling.
Notre Dame is considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is registered with UNESCO World Heritage site. The iconic medieval structure receives more than 13 million visitors across the globe. In an effort to restore the cathedral to its former glory, wealthy people from around the world generously pledged millions of dollars towards it.
You may not be able to donate millions of dollars, but you can definitely make your small contribution. How? Well, The Monnaie de Paris, a government-owned institution responsible for producing France’s euro coins, has issued three coins to commemorate the famed church. The portion of the funds from sales of these coins will be used towards its reconstruction.
The Monnaie de Paris also known as the Paris Mint is one of the oldest and most regarded mints in the world. This fabulous legal tender is in 22.22 grams of 90% fine silver. With a 37mm diameter, this limited edition coin is inspired by the designs used for 2013 medal struck by the Mint that commemorated the Cathedral’s 850th anniversary.
The obverse of the coins pays tribute to the architecture of the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral by depicting its most distinguishable features: its gargoyles, towers and the centre of its rose window. “15/04/2019 Reconstruction” and “Notre-Dame de Paris” are written on the 2019 version coins, to mark the assistance of Monnaie de Paris’ with the reconstruction.
The coin’s reverse is like looking at the other side of stained glass window with the same images only in reverse. The face value, the year date 2019 and the UNESCO logo are engraved on the reverse.
In early years, the cathedral was neglected because of the vandalism from French Revolution. It was Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist and dramatist who brought back the lost glory of the iconic cathedral through his famous novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” in 1831. Since then, Notre-Dame is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture.
The three coins are the legal tender in France and the European Union in the denominations of €10, €50 and €200.
The €10 coin is in fine silver weighs 22.2 grams and comes with a diameter of 37 millimetres. Limited to just 5,000 pieces, it retails at €65. Out of 65, €20 goes towards the reconstruction of the cathedral.
The €50 coin which is in fine gold weighs 7.78 grams, with a diameter of 22 millimetres. Minted just 500 units, it retails at €550, of which €100 goes for reconstruction.
The €200 coin is again in fine gold with a weight of 1 ounce and diameter of 37 millimetres. It is minted in just 250 pieces and costs €2,200, of which €300 goes for reconstruction.
Make your contribution today by booking one of these limited coins. Your small offering counts! Follow the link to get all details https://www.monnaiedeparis.fr/en/shop/coins/year-date-2019