La Monnaie de Paris, the oldest French institutions

Founded in 864 by the Edict of Pîtres of Charles the Bald, the Monnaie de Paris is the oldest French institution. It is a historical actor of monetary production. Since 1 January 2007, the Monnaie de Paris became a Public Establishment Industrial and Commercial (EPIC). Previously, she was attached to the Ministry of Economy and Finance since 1796. Member of the Colbert Committee, the Monnaie de Paris is part of the French luxury companies.

Today, the Monnaie de Paris has just over 500 employees at two sites the Palace and manufacturing of Quai de Conti in Paris. It is in the capital and place the minting of medals and precious metal coins was performed.




Finally, it is in Pessac which are produced current circulation coins, French or foreign.

La Monnaie de Paris French strikes of current euros, but also certain foreign currencies such as Luxembourg, Greece, Bangladesh, etc. To fight against counterfeiting at European level, the Paris Mint analysis counterfeit euros. To do this, it drives the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) and the National Centre of parts analysis (CNAP) on its Pessac site.

To enhance creativity and dynamic company image, the Paris Mint is anchored player in the world of art and the French culture. Indeed, it organizes exhibitions of famous contemporary artists, film premieres and concerts such as the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. Moreover, it organizes charitable actions. Also, she participated in many frequently visited by the public whose Music Festival events. Despite his age, the Monnaie de Paris is a modern company with its events that attract a diverse audience, whether young or old.

On March 25, 2015, new coins with the effigy of the Gallic hero Asterix the magic potion bottle and his friends, were presented at the Monnaie de Paris in the presence of the creator and illustrator Albert Uderzo.

La Monnaie de Paris: A high tradition of crafts related to metal

La Monnaie de Paris designs and manufactures many rooms: medals, decorations, art objects, jewelry. Also, it manufactures coin collection thanks to its unique expertise and passed over for years. Most of these pieces were born collaborations with big names in the contemporary era, came to add their personal touch (Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix).

For the little story …

In medieval times to the sixteenth century, Henri II hired a technician so that it produces high quality currencies, difficult to copy.
In the 1640s, the economic difficulties of France and the entry of foreign currencies concern to the French monetary sovereignty. Thus, Louis XIII and Richelieu involve Jean Warin, mechanic, which requires the mechanical striking Parisian workshop to provide the money supply needed to quickly renew the French monetary system.