Boucheron and the Monnaie de Paris have teamed to make a series of limited-edition coins, including a 1-kilo (35.3-oz.) pure gold coin in the shape of an emerald-cut stone, with references to the high jewelry house including the Place Vendôme, ivy vines and a diamond encrusted leaf.
The collaboration, which coincides with the jeweler’s 160th anniversary, is meant to celebrate French luxury traditions and follows similar projects with other prestigious French institutions including Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, Baccarat, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and French chef Guy Savoy. Working with Savoy, the mint issued a rose-gold pan featuring a black truffle, fried egg while it reinterpreted Marie Antoinette’s milk bowl with the Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique. The Cartier collaboration resulted in a coin stamped with the Taj Mahal, complete with a diamond-encrusted dome.
The Boucheron collection includes gold and silver coins, some in the shape of an ivy leaf, limited to a thousand or fewer copies and ranging in price from 10 euros to 5,000 euros.
Boucheron, which is restoring its historic flagship on Place Vendôme, is also contributing to renovation at the historic Paris Mint that sits on the Left Bank of the Seine River, where space behind the main building is being rebuilt into a public garden, due to open next year.