The collection will be sold
at two auctions co-organized by London-based
Spink and Taisei Coins Corporation, to be held November
26, 2017, and April 29, 2018, during the Tokyo International Coin
Convention in Tokyo.
This collection is a vivid
memory of my time at the French Mint, starting when I was just 23
years old. I am thrilled that Spink decided to include it in their
upcoming auctions in Tokyo," Lariviere said. "I am happy to know
that my collection and its provenance will be preserved for future
generations thanks to its encapsulation in NGC's protective
Corporation® (NGC®) has posted an online image gallery of the
NGC-certified collection of Hubert Lariviere, the former chief
engraver of the Monnaie de Paris. View the gallery at NGCcoin.com/gallery/lariviere.
In 1969, Hubert Lariviere
started working at the Monnaie de Paris, the national mint of
France. He served as chef du Service de la gravure (chief engraver)
from 2003 to 2010, using a horn with waves (the waves an homage to
his name "Lariviere" or "the river") as his engraver's mark.
Located on the Seine between the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame
Cathedral, the Monnaie de Paris is the oldest continuously
operating mint in the world.
The 178 items in the
collection date from 1969 to 1997 and many are in nearly pristine
condition. The majority are patterns (marked ESSAI or PROVA,
alternate words for patterns). More than half of the coins are from
France; much of the rest are from nations formerly under French
rule, including Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad,
Comoros, Djibouti (formerly Afars & Issas), Gabon, Lebanon,
Madagascar, Mali, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and
An astonishing 41 coins
received a grade of 69 from NGC, including four Central African
States 1976 ESSAI Nickel 50 Francs, a Lebanon 1980 ESSAI Nickel
Livre and a Monaco 1971 ESSAI Nickel 5 Francs. Many of the French
coins in the collection celebrate events such as the Louvre
bicentennial, Liberation of Paris anniversary and Victory in Europe
Day, as well as historical figures such as Charlemagne, Rene
Descartes, General Lafayette and Marie Curie.
Most of the coins in the
collection are francs, which had been the currency of France for
centuries before it gave way to the euro in 1999. Other nations
have also used currencies called the franc, and 14 countries in
Africa still use the CFA franc.
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