The Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris) has issued coins and medals since the early 1500's. With few exceptions, all French Mint medals were issued at the Paris Mint, until recent years. The old Royal mint for the striking of medals was combined with the Administration des Monnaies by King Louis Philippe in 1832.
We have more Swiss shooting medals commemorating early 19th century shooting festivals at the local, cantonal, and federal levels for sale at any given time than most online coin dealers. They exhibit superbly beautiful designs, often in very high relief, all having very small mintages. Some were intended as prizes, others were sold to the public or given away to commemorate the event. These are very historic medals and are highly sought after.
Commemorative medals struck by many mints and artists to commemorate individuals, battles and concepts, suffering and deaths relating to the 1st World War. These medals usually exhibit a rich array of symbolism to communicate emotion.
Medals struck to depict events occurring during the era of Napoleon I of France. It is believed that there is a total of over 2300 different medals engraved and produced by European mints of the time. Many of the medals struck during Napoleon's reign were re-struck later from the same dies.
Medals struck to commemorate individual Popes and / or depicting events that occurred during their reigns. Although most of the official Papal medals have been produced by the Vatican, other worldwide mints have produced medals featuring the Pope or the Vatican.