With the Monnaie de Paris on a bit of a spree at the moment and France’s most popular paid attraction celebrating its 125th anniversary, it doesn’t take Steven Hawking to put two and two together and predict a coin commemorating the occasion. They’ve released five, three gold and two silver, as well as a medallion. We don’t normally cover the latter, but it’s striking and clever, so why not.

Part of a series called UNESCO 2014 – The Banks of the Seine, they are, yet again, well designed and cleanly stuck coins. The medal is a terrific representation of a birds-eye view of the tower with a very convincing forced perspective.

All should be available from March 31st. With these and the Pobjoy Mint kicking off the celebrations, don’t expect these to be the last Eiffel Tower coins to drop this year.

SILVER (1 oz 75 €, 5oz 446 €)

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Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
10 EURO 0.900 silver 22.2 37 PROOF Y – Y 5,000
50 EURO 0.950 silver 163.8 50 PROOF Y – Y 500


An iron lattice tower 324 meter (1.063 ft) tall, the Eiffel Tower was build for the Universal Exhibition of 1899 by engineer Gustave Eiffel.  This symbol of Paris is now the most visited paid monument in the world, with over 7 million visitors each year, and more than 250 million visitors since its opening to the public.

2014 is the 125th anniversary of the French Iron Lady !! On a very graphic fashion, the obverse plays with geometric patterns of both. The outline of the Eiffel Tower, with a mirror-polish effect, shines and divides the obsverse in three areas. A nod to the rivet assembling the Tower, the letter RF look as if riveted to the 1st floor of the ‘Iron Lady’.

On the reverse the UNESCO logo, the face value, the yeardate and the mintmarks are to be found on the left side, with the name of the series ‘Rives de Seine’ (Banks of the Seine). On the right, an aerial view of the location of the two monuments as well as their names “Tour Eiffel—Palais de Chaillot”. Linking both sides of the reverse, the Seine River, with two dots indicating the location of the monuments honoured in 2014.

GOLD (1/4oz 409 €, 1oz 1635 €, 5oz 8180 €)




Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
50 EURO 0.920 gold 8.45 22 PROOF Y – Y 1,000
200 EURO 0.999 gold 31.104 37 PROOF Y – Y 500
500 EURO 0.999 gold 155.5 50 PROOF Y – Y 99


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Designed in 1988 by artist Thérèse Dufresne, the original patinated Florentine-bronze medal depicts the Eiffel Tower with extreme precision and from an incredibly dynamic perspective. The original cut was complex to implement as it required numerous successive strikes and a considerable element of carving work to bring out every detail that gives depth to the work.

400g of 0.925 silver, 94mm in width, with a mintage of 125