Monnaie de Paris, Direction des Monnaies et Médailles

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11 quai de Conti
75006 Paris France
Tel: +33 1 40 46 55 00

Opening hours:

11am – 6pm (9pm Thursday) from Tuesday to Sunday

  • View of Monnaie de Paris
  • View of Monnaie de Paris
  • View of the museum’s permanent collection
  • View of the Médailler
  • Couronne, Philippe VI de Valois, 1340
  • Ultime franc, Philippe Starck, 2001
  • Plaquette de Jury pour l’Exposition Universelle de Paris, L.A. Bottée pour Christofle &Cie
  • Coffret de médailles de Jury Exposition Universelle de 1855

History of Monnaie de Paris numismatic collection

The collection of coins held by Monnaie de Paris originates from the „medaillier that was set up by the Cour de Monnaies under the Ancien Régime. This medaillier has been enriched over the centuries and forms the core of the current collections. It reflects the various administrative evolutions of the institution and its choices to enrich it through purchases, gifts from individuals or institutions and legal deposit. The monetary tools collection has been regularly updated since the end of the eighteenth century and is still regularly updated to today by Monnaie de Paris’ Industrial Department.

The same applies to the collection of medals and tools (punches and dies), which moved to the Quai de Conti in 1807 when Napoleon I decided to transfer the medal manufacturing workshop there, from the Louvre galleries before the two entities merged under Louis-Philippe in 1832.

The archives and library of La Monnaie de Paris have been classified and inventoried since the 1980s, and succinctly published (Catalogue des fonds d’archives de la Monnaie de Paris, 3 volumes: I, Paris, 1996; II, Paris, 1999; III, Paris, 2005). They were transferred to the Archives Department of the Ministry of Finance (Savigny le temple, 77).

In addition to these historical resources, the artists‘ files containing their contracts for the publication of medals and art foundries, as well as all associated correspondence, have been donated in full by our Marketing department, providing the Conservation department with an invaluable documentary resource.

Finally, regular collection campaigns within the company have made it possible to preserve the heritage of many industrial and scientific items (machines, tools, laboratory instruments, printed documents, and manuscripts).

Collection contents

The heritage collections of La Monnaie de Paris comprise some 250,000 objects. They form part of the public domain of Monnaie de Paris, which manages them under the Public Domain of the Establishment (Law n°2006-1666 Title III). Its collections are imprescriptible and inalienable, and the legislator imposes strict control over them. They are kept in two internal storage facilities at La Monnaie de Paris.

The Pessac (near Bordeaux) reserve, located in the factory’s production area, houses collections of medals, tokens, jewelry, civil and military decorations, historical tools for medals and tokens, monetary tools, guarantee instruments, art castings, machines, plasters, i.e. some 150,000 items (including 80,000 medals).

The Médaillier de Paris houses collections of coins from Antiquity to the present day, from France and abroad, paper coins (particularly assignats and war coins), metrological collections, graphic arts (posters, engravings, drawings) and photographs, i.e. some 100,000 objects (including 90,000 coins, tokens, and weights).

Access to the public

As part of its mission as a „Musée de France“ classification, the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris must ensure the dissemination and presentation of its public heritage assets in accordance with the standards set by the Service des Musées de France. More than 1,800 objects from the collections are on permanent display in the museum (reopened in 2017). Several hundred more are presented in temporary exhibitions: „14-18, la monnaie ou le troisième front“, „Porte-monnaie, objets d’utilité et d’élégance“, „Akan, les valeurs de l’échange“, „Pour le meilleur et pour l’Empire : sur les pas de Napoléon 1er à la Monnaie de Paris“, „D’or d’argent de bronze, une histoire de la médaille Olympique“.

The Medaillier is not open to the public, but the collections can be viewed by appointment.

The OPAC WEB is the tool used to put the museum’s collections online in conjunction with the database. It offers a wide selection of patrimonial objects through scientific notes. Work is underway to gradually enrich the collection and give it greater visibility.

Links with the academic and scientific world

La Monnaie de Paris participates in publications or scientific projects with French and foreign universities, the European Association of Banking History (Germany), the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (France), the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Canada), the National Museum of Catalonia (Spain), etc.

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