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The French mint (Monnaie de Paris) has just issued two coins featuring Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, the later king Karl Johan of Sweden. Bernadotte was a French soldier, and became a general, in the revolution army. Under Napoleon he was honored with the title of a marshal (Maréchal de France). In 1810 the Swedish parliament asked him to become hereditary prince of Sweden, and Bernadotte agreed.

 

Eight years later he became king of Sweden (and, in a personal union, of Norway).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_XIV_John_of_Sweden

Not quite sure whether 2006 is a Bernadotte anniversary in any way ...

 

The two pieces have the same design. One is a silver coin (nominal value €0.25), the other one is a €10 gold coin. This is the silver piece:

 

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Mintage is 10,000 max for the silver coin, and 1,000 max for the gold coin. Both are kind of expensive, I think (net price about 20 and 250 euro respectively), but apparently the French mint expects the pieces to sell well in Sweden.

 

Christian

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Well it is clear their goal is to sell as much gold as possible with a 100% markup over melt

After Kitty for the Japanese they are probably trying to figure out which countries have the richest citizens and what design they will like

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You do. :ninja: There was one in 2004 (Year of the French culture in China), one in 2005 (Year of the Chinese culture in France), and this year's La Fontaine - Année du Chien combination. Maybe the French mint is on its way to custom minting for major customers and markets ...

 

Christian

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