Excellence Gold Coins from The Monnaie de Paris In celebration of the 1150th anniversary of Monnaie de Paris, a new collection entitled "Excellence á la francaise" (French Excellency) has been launched. This series showcases the very best of fine traditional French craftsmanship. Each year, a coin will be produced to honor the arts or crafts of French heritage. For their first release, Monnaie de Paris collaborated with the Baccarat Crystal Company to create the stunning 2014 Baccarat "French Excellency" Silver coin.
The same intricate design is featured across all 2014 Gold Baccarat "French Excellency" coins. The beautiful obverse design features the pattern on Tzarina Maria Alexandrovna's pedestal table, which was commissioned by her husband Tzar Alexander II. At the center of the coin is a reproduction of the "RF" monogram which was used in Baccarat's “Présidence de la République” service. Focusing on the craftsmanship, the reverse details the foot of the Tzar's glass with a counter-relief image of a glass blower, drawn in a contemporary manner, forming a glass.