Monnaies Françaises has been the bible on the coins of modern France since it was first published in 1973. Now authored by Francesco Pastrone and published by Editions Victor Gadoury of Monaco, it is literally the French red book and in France, it in fact goes by the color of its cover, “Le Rouge” (The Red).
The 21st edition, covering the years 1789-2013 is now available and for the first time, all illustrations are in color. It has information on all French coins minted since the revolution of 1789 through the current Fifth Republic in chronological order by denomination (smallest to largest), including both the circulation and collector issues of France’s modern euro coins.
Also given are: metal, fineness, weight, diameter, edge, engraver’s name and privy marks. Mintage figures are provided by date and mint mark for each denomination, along with the current values in euros in up to five grades.
Also included are obsidional coinage for the sieges of Mainz and Antwerp and special sections on commemorative coins, coins of Monaco (1819-2009), coins of Corsica (1736, 1762-68), coins of Saarland (1954-55), and an illustrated guide of all privy marks.
The 480 page book (ISBN 978-2-906602-41-0) is hard bound and measures 6 x 8¼ inches. It costs $45.
The predecessor and companion volume to Monnaies Françaises, released in 2012 by the same author and publisher is also available now.
Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, a standard reference book on the coins of the Kings of France, is now entirely in color, has a new format, with a tabular presentation of the French Royal coins. The coins are classified by reign from the lowest value to the highest, starting with bronze coinage, then silver, and finally gold with rarity scales and euro prices in three conditions. Also included is a table of mint director and engraver marks arranged by mint and date.
The 503 page book (ISBN 978-2-906602-40-3) is also hard bound and has the same dimensions as its companion. It costs $69.50.
The books may be ordered from the Coin & Currency Institute, P.O. Box 399, Williston, Vermont 05495.
$5.75 should be added to each order for shipping and handling. Major credit cards are accepted. Call toll-free 1-800-421-1866. Fax (802) 536-4787. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Preview pages are available for viewing at www.coin-currency.com.