Newsletter, November 2013
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
Our last newsletter contained a report about next year's guest of honor, the Monnaie de Paris. Today we want to tell you about an exciting new project initiated by the French coin producers: An ultramodern meeting place for all people interested in the cultural significance of minting and the various political, economic and artistic influences that have accompanied “money making” since time immemorial.
At the 42nd World Money Fair you will get a lot more details and information on this project. We are sure you will enjoy many interesting encounters and conversations at the booth of our guest of honor and with our other exhibitors who will bring spectacular new products and collections to Berlin.
We look forward to seeing you!
The organization team of
The World Money Fair
A Vision Becomes Reality
A. M. Beck reporting from Paris
On my visit to the French mint in Paris, at the end of June 2012, I got a big surprise when I found huge containers stacked in the old inner courtyard of the Monnaie de Paris. One heard the sound of bulldozers and, in the background, percussion drills clearing the way to the future for an ambitious project. The name of the vision is "Metalmorphoses", and the plan is to make it reality in various stages until early 2014. What star architect Philippe Prost has in mind is absolutely brilliant: The magnificent neoclassic building on the banks of the Seine, at 11, quai de Conti, which holds the headquarters of Monnaie de Paris will be opened to the public and become one of the city's great sights. While the 18th-century structure with the splendid facade facing the riverbank will be preserved and restored, with a part of the top floor reduced to the original height, not a stone will be left standing on the 1.2 hectares (almost 3 acres) in the rear.
The entire premises are being remodeled to convert the mint into a modern meeting place for visitors. When taking a tour, the visitor will be allowed insight into all technical processes involved in the making of a coin or medal. The mint's own coin cabinet, beautifully revamped, will make French numismatic history come alive. Temporary exhibitions focusing on current events and topics will draw the public. A museum shop with adequate and welcoming showrooms will offer coins and medals from recent production as well as small art objects crafted by Monnaie de Paris.
The ambitious project (see plan) of a new, vibrant cultural center will include four pathways leading to the different workshops and a green area of 1,000 sq. m. for recreation. This inviting new garden is adjacent to the former private residence of the Princess de Conti, which was the first work of the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
A Celebrity Chef at the Monnaie
The connection between culture and gastronomy will not be missing from the new concept of Monnaie de Paris. Guy Savoy, the famed Michelin-star-decorated chef, is moving from rue Troyon to the first floor of the old Monnaie building on the left bank of the Seine to indulge gourmets in fabulous 18th-century rooms decorated by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. In addition, Savoy will set up the Métal Café offering casual menus on Rue Guénégaud.
We are full of anticipation!