Paris Mint: Pont-Neuf Metro station’s cultural-themed decor

Pont-Neuf Metro station, officially known as Pont-Neuf-La Monnaie, is on Ligne 1.

Oversized reproductions of coins in Pont-Neuf Metro station
Oversized reproductions of coins

This line, opened in 1900, was the first subway line in Paris and runs on the Right Bank.

Pont-Neuf-La Monnaie station exits at the intersection of the Pont-Neuf and Quai du Louvre.

You have to cross the bridge to reach the Hôtel de la Monnaie de Paris (mint) on which the theme of its decoration is based.

The station’s vaulted ceiling and walls are indeed decorated with oversized reproductions of coins issued over the centuries.

Two glass cabinets placed on the platforms exhibit genuine coins along an old coin-making press.

La Monnaie de Paris – Paris Mint

Old coining press in Pont-Neuf Metro station
Old coining press

The Paris Mint is the oldest French institution, as King Charles the Bald founded it in 864.

The current Hôtel de la Monnaie was built in the 18th century on Quai Conti, on the river bank. It still houses the Paris Mint, but also the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris.

The museum is different from traditional tourist sites. I recommend it to those who want to escape the crowds or look for alternative places of interest on a rainy day.

Sites of interest near Pont-Neuf Metro station?

Ile de la Cité, Place Dauphine, Square du Vert-Galant,
Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, Louvre, La Samaritaine

Directions: 1st district
Coordinates: Lat 48.858811 – Long 2.342251

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