Paris Mint and Boucheron Team for Collector’s Coins

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COLLECTOR’S CURRENCY: Boucheron and the Monnaie de Paris have linked to make a series of limited-edition coins, including a 1-kilo (35.3-oz.) pure gold coin in the shape of an emerald-cut stone, with references to the high jewelry house including the Place Vendôme, ivy vines and a diamond encrusted leaf. The collaboration, which coincides with the jeweler’s 160th anniversary, is meant to celebrate French luxury traditions and follows similar projects with other prestigious French institutions including Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, Baccarat, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and French chef Guy Savoy. Working with Savoy, the mint issued a rose-gold pan featuring a black truffle and fried egg while it reinterpreted Marie Antoinette’s milk bowl with the Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique. The Cartier collaboration resulted in a coin stamped with the Taj Mahal, complete with a diamond-encrusted dome. The Boucheron collection includes gold and silver coins, some in the shape of an ivy leaf, limited to a thousand or fewer copies with coins ranging from 10 euros to 5,000 euros, while their purchasing prices start at 75 euros for the 10-euro coins and run up to 130,000 euros for the 5,000-euro one. “I push younger generations to take up the exercise of pushing boundaries—we do

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