Treasures of Paris - Champs Elysees Coin
Since 2019, Monnaie de Paris has been celebrating the “City of Light” through its Treasures of Paris series. Highlighted this year is The Champs-Elysées and the flame of the unknown soldier, under the Arc de Triomphe.
The Champs- Elysées Avenue stretches over nearly 2km and links the Concorde Place to the Arc of Triumph. It is in the heart of Paris and is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. As one of the must-see places to visit in Paris, it welcomes about 300,000 visitors a day.
In the 17th century, Le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s gardener, laid the first stones in this marshy area. It was then part of the ascent of what is known as “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. It received its name “Champs-Elysées” which is French for "Elysian Fields," meaning a paradise in Greek mythology. The Champs-Elysées Avenue is full of culture and activities, where one can admire the monuments, go shopping or enjoy its events.
In the 17th century, Le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s gardener, laid the first stones in this marshy area. It was then part of the ascent of what is known as “the most beautiful avenue in the world”.
Night and day see the same amount of attraction on The Champs-Elysées. Many restaurants, shops, monuments and clubs all welcome passerbys. While the top of the Arc de Triomphe offers a spectacular panoramic view of Paris.
The obverse of this coin shows a view of the Champs-Elysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. In order to highlight Paris as a city of light, the most beautiful avenue in the world has been represented at night, when its trees are adorned with Christmas lights. The flame of the unknown soldier, which celebrates its100th anniversary in 2020, shines at the foot of the Arc of Triumph.
The reverse is a modern view of the map of Paris and its districts represented by small pyramids. Above the map of Paris is the name of the series. Below, the face value and the vintage are shown.
This is a collectors coin with only 500 minted, adding to the Treasures of Paris series.
Treasures of Paris Champs Elysées 50 € 1/4oz Gold 2020
Maximum Coin Mintage
OR FIN 999‰
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