2021 Année Napoléon > Musée de la Monnaie de Paris (Museum of the Paris Mint)
In 2021, the Monnaie de Paris will commemorate the death of Napoleon I via an exhibition presented in its museum.
Updated 6 April 2021.
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Exhibition > “In the footsteps of Napoleon I at the Monnaie de Paris” (working title)
From 16 September 2021 to 6 March 2022, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-7pm
The exhibition “In the footsteps of Napoleon I at the Monnaie de Paris” invites visitors to discover both the artistic, technical and scientific role of the Monnaie de Paris during the Directoire, the Consulate and the Empire and its role in the construction and dissemination of the Napoleonic legend during the July Monarchy and the Second Empire.
The public is invited to follow in the footsteps of the Emperor in a fun and educational tour that will encompass the entire Monnaie de Paris site, combining architectural details, the history of the institution, the History of France, the Napoleonic legend, heritage objects from our collections and the savoir faire of our craftsmen and technicians.
The exhibition aims to show that during the Consulate, the Monnaie de Paris became the centre of the First Consul’s ambitions in monetary matters. His visit to the Quai de Conti on 21 Ventôse year XI (12 March 1803) was one of the high points of the history of the Germinal Franc. The scientific and technical staff, artists and craftsmen who worked in this workshop, set up under the Ancien Régime, combined their talents to produce an exceptional coinage with the ultimate aim of building a new France.
The exhibition is also divided into five focal points. The first one highlights the main engravers who worked under the direction of Dominique Vivant Denon. The second is the stylistic evolution of Napoleon Bonaparte’s effigy on his coins and medals, in order to understand its importance for imperial propaganda. A third point focuses on the heraldic and symbolic figure of the Imperial Eagle. A fourth centres on the diplomatic importance of the visits of sovereigns and members of Napoleon I’s family to the Monnaie de Paris. Finally, the fifth focal point shows the creation of the Order of the Legion of Honour and the way in which the art of the medal illustrated its impact on the society of the time.
Musée de la Monnaie de Paris
Entrance at 11 Quai de Conti
Entrance at 2 rue Guénégaud
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PrEsentation of the MONNAIE DE PARIS
Founded in 864, the Monnaie de Paris [Paris Mint] is the oldest French institution and one of the oldest companies in the world. It provides the public service of minting current euros for France and other foreign currencies. For twelve centuries, it has cultivated a high tradition in the art of metalworking. It was the first ever factory to be built in Paris, it is today the last one in operation and indeed its artistic productions are still carried out in its historic factory on the Quai de Conti in Paris.
Since 2017, number 11 quai Conti has been largely open to the public. In its exceptional neo-classical building, arranged around crossing courtyards, stands a museum dedicated to the arts of metalworking, presenting the institution’s collections (170,000 artefacts) and indeed the intangible heritage represented by the crafts and the centuries-old savoir faire of the craftsmen at the Monnaie de Paris. In addition to the museum, temporary exhibitions are often organised in the historic salons and as well as a programme of events.