Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint) is the oldest of French institutions and one of the oldest enterprises in the world. Its duty is the public service of minting current euros for France and the production of foreign currencies. The first factory established in Paris is currently the last in activity in the very centre of the capital city.
The Pessac factory (Gironde) has been manufacturing these coins since 1973 from the cutting out of the blanks to the final packaging. Monnaie de Paris can mint up to 2 billion coins per year in its Pessac factory, for France and numerous foreign central banks.
Monnaie de Paris also has an important activity of manufacturing and selling collector coins in gold and silver, the programmes of which are approved every year by the government. It is also the historical manufacturing site of all the official and grand order decorations such as the Légion d’honneur and the National Order of Merit. It is the last art foundry in Paris, perpetuating a tradition and know-how transmitted over centuries by our craftsmen.