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The May 21, 2013 World Mint News Blog has a nice article by Michael Zielinski about a new series of French coins from the Monnaie de Paris. -Editor

The Monnaie de Paris has just launched a new gold and silver coin series which presents the values of the French Republic. The designs are quite intriguing, with the silver coins containing the French words for the the values with the arrangement and appearance inspired by the words themselves.

liberte 5 euros

Shown above is the €5 silver coin for Liberté. (Click to enlarge.) The differing patterns applied to the letters and their arrangement provide an impression of the meaning of the word. The other silver coins use different typography, sizing, arrangement ,and shapes to express the specific values.


There are three different €5 silver coins which each contain the values included in the French Motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. The coins are struck in 33.3% silver with a weight of 7.3 grams and diameter of 26 mm. This makes for silver content of about 0.078 troy ounces per coin. The mintage for each coin is 2,000,000 pieces.

French republic coins all

Each of the seven coins contain portions of the letters “RF” which is apparent when the coins are placed together.

To read the complete article, see: Values of the French Republic Gold and Silver Coins (

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