by Steve Martindale
To thank the country’s front-line workers, the Paris Mint has designed a new collectable coin, with the majority of profits being donated to charity. The Merci Medal is available via the website of the Monnaie de Paris and costs €8, of which €6 will be donated to the Fondation de France initiative “Tous unis contre le virus”, which aims to finance research projects as well as to support local social professionals and charities working with the most vulnerable.
The medals are already being struck and will be sent out from mid-June, although the Monnaie de Paris has already promised that the first 1,000 will be donated for free to the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris and the CHU de Bordeaux, two institutions at the forefront of the coronavirus fight.
The 34 mm wide medals pay homage to the country’s front-line workers with the word MERCI emblazoned across the top, with a silhouette of a doctor, a firefighter and an ambulance driver underneath. The three central characters are surrounded by pairs of clapping hands and a number of symbols representing other key workers such as farmers, retailers, pharmacists, postal workers and bin collectors.
For more information or to buy a Merci Medal, visit www.monnaiedeparis.fr