Just Published. Delivery expected end April, 2014
By Michel Taillard & Michel Arnaud
Published by Editions Gadoury (Monaco), 2014
Another edition in the series of Gadoury publications on the currencies of France. In its opening pages this original work takes the reader through the different steps in the production of a coin, from the artist's initial drawings, though the many tests and trials performed, all the way to its actual production at the French Mint (Monnaie de Paris).
The main subject of its 640 color pages are the many “essais” (pattern strikes) and piéforts (double-thick coins) for which the Monnaie de Paris has always been famous, and which are avidly collected throughout the world.
The pieces are all pictured and described in detail, including diameter, weight, fineness, and when available, the number produced. Valuations are given for up to four states of preservation.