Museum of Stamps & Coins
Museum of Stamps & Coins (11Terrasses de Fontvielle, Monaco) – this museum (opened to the public in early 1996 by Prince Rainier III), is a nod to Monaco’s long-standing reputation as a “postage stamp country” (with stamp collectors worldwide seeking their own collection from Monaco). The first Monegasque stamps were issued by Prince Charles III in 1885.
The first Monegasque coins were issued in January 1640 by Prince Honoré II, with reference to the Nice system introduced by the Duke of Savoy. In October 1643, Louis XIV granted Honoré II the right to freely circulate his gold and silver coins in France, on the condition that they were aligned to the corresponding French coins. This rule was extended in 1865 to cover all Monegasque coins until the introduction of the euro on 1 January 2001. Today, “Monegasque euros” circulate throughout the euro zone and the Principality has an annual quota under the same conditions as all other member countries of the zone.
Along with the Museum that details this history, Its shop sells Monegasque stamps and coins (along with other products such as books, enamels, and scarves, etc.). Admission: €3 (adults), €1.50 (seniors/students/children ages 12-18). Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (September-June), 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (July & August).