Description

Each year the Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris) joins forces with a French company to create an intricately designed series of coins. 2016 featured company is Van Cleef & Arpels which celebrates the company's 110th anniversary. This 200€ gold coin was minted with a quadrilobe shape, as a tribute paid to the High Jewellery House's Alhambra series.

Van Cleef & Arpels is a French jewelry, watch, and perfume company. It was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels in Paris. Their pieces often feature flowers, animals, and fairies, and have been worn by style icons such as Farah Pahlavi, the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Jordan Paterra, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Obverse

Depicts three hands gently setting diamonds into a butterfly. The initials of the French Republic RF and the year can also be seen.

The butterfly appeared in Van Cleef & Arpels designs in the 1920s. Three hands shown setting marquise, princess and round diamonds pay homage to the craftsmanship of stone setting.

RF
2016

Reverse

Features a butterfly with other nature-inspired elements and an iconic fairy.

The fairy first appeared in Van Cleef & Arpels designs in the 1940s. Beaded details are primarily found in the Perlée collection that was introduced in the 1920s.

200
euro

Edge -

200 Euro

French Excellence
110th Anniversary of Van Cleef & Arpels

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.999
Weight 31.104 g
Diameter 40 mm
Width -
Height -
Thickness 15 mm
Shape odd (fan)
Alignment -
Mint
Paris Mint (A)

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