The newest edition in a series of books published by Editions Gadoury
focuses on the pattern and piedfort coins of France.
The French-language book is titled Essais Monétaires &
Piéforts Français 1870-2001 and was authored by Michel Taillard
and Michel Arnaud.
It covers issues from the Third French Republic in 1870 until the
switch to euro coinage at the dawn of this millennium.
In its opening pages, the work takes the reader through the
different steps in the production of a coin, from the artist’s initial
drawings, though the many tests and trials performed, all the way to
its actual production at the French Mint (Monnaie de Paris).
The main subject of its 640 color pages are the many “essais”
(pattern strikes) and piéforts (double-thick coins) for which the
Monnaie de Paris has always been famous, and which are avidly
collected throughout the world.
The pieces are all pictured and described in detail, including
diameter, weight, fineness, and when available, the number produced.
Valuations are given for up to four states of preservation.
The book costs $77.85 plus $5.75 per order for shipping and handling
in the United States.
Sample pages may be previewed at www.coin-currency.com, where it can be ordered online.
To order by mail, write to the Coin & Currency Institute, P.O.
Box 399, Williston, Vermont 05495.
For additional information, telephone the firm toll free at
800-421-1866, fax it at 802-536-4787, or email it at firstname.lastname@example.org.