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Monaco 2019: Gracia Patricia
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:59:48 AM »
This year Monaco will issue a silver €10 collector coin dedicated to Princess Gracia Patricia (Grace Kelly) who was born 90 years ago. The piece will officially come out tomorrow.

The obverse shows Grace's portrait, with the inscription "Princesse Grace de Monaco" and the year 2019 below. The other side (have not seen that so far) has the country name "Principauté de Monaco" and the face value "10 €". It also features a rose, her preferred emblem (and used on other Grace coins before). Mintage 5,000 I think, price not known. The rumor mill sees it somewhere between 100 and 150 euro ...

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Monaco 2019: Gracia Patricia
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2019, 04:30:13 AM »
Dealers are already asking €300+ for it. ::)

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Re: Monaco 2019: Gracia Patricia
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2019, 11:45:39 AM »
Really? If you visit the website of Monaco's Numismatic Office/Museum, you can order it - the page does not say anything about the piece being sold out. Issue price is €140 by the way. The two images below are from the MTM website.

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Re: Monaco 2019: Gracia Patricia
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2019, 01:33:50 PM »
Gracia is to Monaco what the Eiffel tower, Elizabeth II and the Brandenburger Tor are to other nations. It makes perfectly good sense to have her on a coin. She may be the last Grimaldi who was popular for having a warm, inclusive character.

Looking at this minted portrait, the cold, heavy hand of the ruling family is visible. Compare the photo in the first post with the portrait on the coin. Why was she popular again? For having a smile for everybody or for being a shapely crowned iceberg?

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Re: Monaco 2019: Gracia Patricia
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2019, 07:14:09 PM »
Yes, a smiling Grace would have been nice. But using that youth photo on the coin would have been the other extreme. ;) Before Monaco issued that €2 commem in 2007, somebody posted the attached idea (found it here, no idea who "made" that). Now something like that I find, or would have found, interesting ...

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2019, 04:21:53 PM »
Really? If you visit the website of Monaco's Numismatic Office/Museum, you can order it - the page does not say anything about the piece being sold out. Issue price is €140 by the way. The two images below are from the MTM website.

MTM won't ship it to an Indian address and even if they do, €140 is €130 over my budget. :D

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2019, 05:19:35 PM »
I just received an offer from a German dealer. He is asking €308 'only' (postage extra). ::)

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Re: Monaco 2019: Gracia Patricia
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019, 10:29:03 PM »
Sometimes rotating a coin just a little bit makes a difference regarding the looks of the depicted person. :) Tobias Honscha, a German coin dealer, made a photo of the Grace piece. Of course the "pose" is still the same, but it looks a little better, I think.

By the way, several potential buyers had problems with their credit cards when they wanted to order the coin. Seems that the MTM kept entire blocks of card numbers. ::)

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