November 24th, 2010

New from The Franklin Mint

The Taj Mahal Gold Coin 

[Franklin Center, New York] The Franklin Mint unveiled a rare and unprecedented work of artistry–The Taj Mahal Gold Coin–at its new Manhattan showroom (8 West 40th Street, 14th Fl.).

Minted and designed by the Monnaie de Paris, only 29 of these coins will ever be produced. The Taj Mahal Gold Coin is the most valuable French piece ever released and is the world’s first coin to include 68 hand-set Cartier diamonds.

“For any collector or investor looking to buy gold, The Taj Mahal Gold Coin offers a unique opportunity to buy a piece of history,” said Walter J. Kole, chief numismatist for The Franklin Mint.

“Gold has appreciated in value at a historic rate over the past few years, and diamonds always seem to retain their value. This masterwork represents a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for art, coin and other collectors, made possible by The Franklin Mint exclusively in the United States.”

The Taj Mahal Coin is valued at $160,000 and is being offered exclusively in the United States by The Franklin Mint.

“Coin collectors wait for items like The Taj Mahal Gold Coin to come on the market with great anticipation. A gold coin of this weight, inlaid with Cartier diamonds is a rarity that many collectors have never seen,” added Kole. “Given that only 29 of these coins will ever be produced, we anticipate a complete sell-out of the edition in a short period of time.”

This magnificent coin is housed inside a custom leather display handcrafted by the makers of the finest luggage in the world, Goyard.

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Monnaie de Paris is one of the oldest institutions in France. Its origin can be traced back to the edict of currency by the Emperor Charles le Chauve on June 24 of the year 864. Its facility, located in the West of France since 1973, strikes the circulating coins for all of France, as well as other countries.

The Monnaie de Paris is a member of the prestigious Comité Colbert, an association with current membership totaling 75 luxury French companies.

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