Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Monnaie de Paris
After Astérix and the Petit Prince, it’s the turn of fashion legend Jean Paul Gaultier to interpret the next stage in a series of special edition coins issued by the French mint exploring France, its regions and cities. The “enfant terrible” of haute couture has created 24 silver €10 coins, two €50 coins, two other colored €50 coins in silver and one €200 coin in gold. One of the first twelve €10 coins, available from March 20 (the others will be released in September) is dedicated to Paris. Called Paris Capitale, it features a French cancan dancer, her back arched before the sails of the Moulin Rouge, swishing her dress and twirling her leg, who looks straight out of the Punk cancan haute couture 2011 spring/summer collection. The first two €50 silver coins are inspired by the traditional July 14 ball, and feature a chicken wearing a corset and a rooster (the symbol of France) in a striped sailor’s jersey. On the color coin, the rooster sports a striped blue and white version of the jersey, with a red comb and red, white and blue feathers. The €200 gold coin celebrates France and the motto of the French Republic – Liberty, Equality, Fraternity – in tattoo style! Very Jean Paul Gaultier.