A nickel pattern for a 1966 silver 10-franc coin of Monaco is being
sold in a July 10 auction in Barcelona.
The coin celebrates the 10th wedding anniversary of Prince Rainier
and Princess Grace. It and a gold 200-franc coin issued at the same
time were the first coins to feature the former-actress-turned-royalty.
Many described the former actress Grace Kelly as a fairytale
princess when she and Monaco’s Prince Rainier III were married April
18, 1956. They met at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955.
In 1966, Spink & Son of London issued the pair of coins for
Monaco and had them struck at the Paris Mint, according to Unusual
World Coins by Colin R. Bruce II.
The 10-franc coin (which measures 25 millimeters in diameter) is
normally found in .900 fine silver, but the auction features a nickel
version test piece, or pattern coin.
The pattern example, struck with a Proof finish, has an opening bid of 90 euros (about $122 in U.S. funds).
The auction is jointly conducted by Soler y Llach and Marti Hervera.
For more information about the auction, telephone Soler Y Llach at
(011) 93 201 87 33, email it or visit its website.
Telephone Marti Hervera at (011) 93 301 62 87, email it
or visit its website.