The art and history of the Olympic medal
Until September 22, 2024

Exhibition awarded the "Cultural Olympiad" label

"Gold, silver and bronze": the long and short story of the medal

La Monnaie de Paris has the immense privilege of manufacturing the medals that will be awarded to athletes at this summer's Games!

  • "D'Or, d'argent et de bronze" (Gold, silver and bronze) is an in-depth look at the history of the medal and its evolution through the modern games.
  • Closely linked to the creation of the Olympic medal and the metalworking trades, La Monnaie de Paris is obviously the emblematic place and the privileged witness to the history of this object in Paris, and provides us with invaluable insights.
  • When was the first medal created? Where and by whom was it designed?
  • The exhibition sheds light on this award, the symbols, allegories and meanings of such precise engravings on such a small medium.
  • It explores the artists' "medallic" techniques and tools, and presents a selection of sports medals.
  • With the help of documents loaned by the Geneva museum dedicated to Olympism and the Nice national sports museum, we trace the contemporary history of the object of all desires back to the crystal medals made by Lalique.
  • Paris currency has produced a series of precious metal collector coins, medallions and paperweights celebrating the Games (since 2021).
  • WE love the story of the olympic medal
  • Where : to the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris
  • Age for all, ages 7 and up
  • When until September 22, 2024
  • schedule Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Opening Every day except Monday
  • Nocturne Wednesday until 9pm
  • Prices12 €
  • Free of charge for under-26s
  • know Admission ticket gives access to the museum

La Monnaie de Paris and the Olympic medal

  • La Monnaie de Paris was the first organization to strike an Olympic medal
  • And the very first copy is on display in the exhibition
  • With original tooling never before shown to the public since 1896
  • La Monnaie de Paris is the organization that has struck the most Olympic medals in the world!

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