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‘Fraternity’ closes Marianne trilogy

Obverses of gold 250 euro (top) and silver 100 euro (center) “Marianne 2019” coins, along with silver reverse (bottom). (Images courtesy Monnaie de Paris)

Since 2008, Monnaie de Paris has revisited a number of historic French numismatic themes.

Two years ago, it commenced a trilogy paying tribute to Marianne, whose face first appeared on a French coin in 1871, a 5 centime (KM-821.1).

In 2017, Monnaie de Paris linked Marianne with Liberty. In 2018, she espoused Equality. This year, the series concludes with Fraternity.

“Marianne 2019” is the work of Chief Engraver Joaquin Jimenez.

He took for his inspiration a bronze medal by Eugene-André Oudiné, the sculptor responsible for her first numismatic outing.

Marianne’s face is portrayed with considerable delicacy beneath a Phrygian cap topped by an oak and olive spray.

To her right, the “F” of Fraternity inspires a dance of hands that seek out one another in an allegory of a united society.

The reverse provides the euro value within olive and oak branches all enclosed by a stylized hexagonal array.

“Marianne 2019” comes available as a 23 mm, 3.75g, .999 fine gold 250 euro; a 47 mm, 50 g, .900 fine silver 100 euro; and a 33mm, 18 g, .900 fine silver 20 euro. Mintages are 15,000, 10,000, and 75,000 respectively.

These coins are presently available from the Monnaie de Paris online shop.


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