The last of the three 2016 coins in the new Monnaie de Paris sequel series to its superb From Clovis to Republic range is here now. While the first two subjects, Queen Clotilde and William the Conquerer’s wife, Mathilde, may not be widely known, this third coin subject certainly is. Joan of Arc is a figure that has transcended borders and time to become a symbol. Like many symbols, the basis of them is often exaggerated beyond reality and not wholly based in historical truth, but there’s no denying the impact she had on her times.
As we’ve stated previously. the coins follow the Clovis format, a 22 g 0.900 silver coin, and a ¼ oz 0.920 gold coin. There was a single 1 oz 0.999 gold version released only once for the Clovis series in five years, and with the release of a Mathilde coin in the format, but not the Clotilde, we assumed that this would be the case again. We were wrong, as Joan of Arc has also made the transition to the larger gold format, fortunately. There are no differences in design between the three formats. The usual portrait of the subject adorns the reverse face, in this case Joan of Arc wearing an armour helmet of the period. Just her name and dates are inscribed in a well chosen font around the edge of the coin. A fine, repeating fleur-de-leys pattern is struck into the background on the reverse face of the coin, a floral pattern on the other.
The obverse isn’t lumbered with the usual Queens effigy that sits on Commonwealth coins, as being denominated in Euros, it has unique artwork on this side also. In this case it’s a beautiful representation in the medieval style of Joan of Arc mounted on a horse, and carrying the banner she is renowned for. Above is the inscription “ORLEANS 1428, the date of her most famous battle, along with the usual date, issuer, and denomination. The irregular edge and rimless design that mimic earlier hand-struck coins, called ‘History’ by the Monnaie de Paris, still looks as cool as ever. Packaged in the revised Monnaie de Paris box inside a coloured shipper with an enclosed, serialised Certificate of Authenticity, we’ve yet to hear if a collectors box for the series like the one produced for Clovis will be offered.
Like the previous two coins, this one is quite beautifully designed, possibly the best of the three to be released to date and at least the equal of anything in the previous Clovis range. It’s no exaggeration to say this is our favourite series of 2016 to date, well priced and produced. Available to order now, the silver is €55.00, and the two gold coins €505.00 and €2,000.00 EURO respectively.