Historic Paris Mint opens its doors to the public

An employee mans a stamping machine at the factory of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) last Thursday, ahead of its reopening in Paris, France. After more than 1,000 years of service, the mint opened to the public a vast exhibition of treasures, coll
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An employee mans a stamping machine at the factory of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) last Thursday, ahead of its reopening in Paris, France. After more than 1,000 years of service, the mint opened to the public a vast exhibition of treasures, collectors' coins and a view of craftsmen in their workshops. On the banks of the River Seine, workers chisel, press and engrave medals and memorabilia in the factory that advertises itself as the oldest in the French capital, with a history stretching back to the year 864. Displays include ancient treasure chests and a coin dating back more than 2,000 years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2017, with the headline 'Historic Paris Mint opens its doors to the public'. Print Edition | Subscribe