Though the U.S. Mint’s Baseball Hall of Fame coin has been a huge hit
with its unusual shape, it isn’t the only 2014 sports commemorative
struck with a curve.
de Paris has issued two domed coins, in gold and silver using
shared designs, celebrating the 2014
FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which begins Thursday, June 12.
On its convex obverse, the coin features a map of Brazil
surrounded by “flora and fauna,” according to the Monnaie de Paris.
The World Cup logo and official name — “COUPE DU MONDE DE LA FIFA
Brésil 2014” and “FIFA WORLD CUP Brasil” — sit within the borders of
The concave reverse is designed to look like an
aerial view of Maracanã Stadium. The coin also bears inscriptions of
the stadium’s name and the competition’s name, as well as a soccer
ball with the face value inscribed on top.
coin comes in two versions — a Proof 2014 1-ounce gold €200 coin (priced at
€1,760), and a silver €10 coin (priced at €64), also with a Proof finish.
A noncurved Proof 2014 0.5-gram gold €5 coin with the same
designs is available for €66.
The World Cup opens with a match between host Brazil and Croatia. The
U.S. team plays its first game on Monday, June 16, against Ghana.
According to its website, the Monnaie de Paris
is “simultaneously an institution responsible for a sovereign function
of the State — the production of official French currency — and an
industrial enterprise, a brand of decorative products, a museum, and a
home of artistic creation.”