2017 Marianne 18g Proof Silver Coin
After the Sower, Hercule and the Rooster, Monnaie de Paris paystribute in 2017 to a major symbol of the French Republic : Marianne.
Who is Marianne? In the way that Britain has Britannia, the US has Lady Liberty, and Switzerland has Helvetia, France has Miarianne. The personification of nationhood, these strong females represent the strength and values of country. Obviously these will be strong contenders for numismatic showcasing and the first two of those examples in particular are very well represented. Now it’s Marianne’s time for modern commemoration.
Marianne is an old symbol. The Phrygian bonnet was worn by former slaves back in the times of the Roman Empire and was kept for depictions of Liberty in the late 18th century, with the addition of a short robe and a pikestaff. It was in 1792 that the new Republic chose to be embodied in the figure of Marianne, the motherland. A decree of 1792 stated that the “state seal was to be changed and should henceforth bear the figure of France in the guise of a woman dressed after the fashion of Antiquity, standing upright, her right hand holding a pikestaff surmounted by a Phrygian bonnet, or Liberty bonnet, and her left hand resting on a bundle of arms: at her feet, a tiller.” Despite many ups and downs in popularity, Marianne remains today a potent symbol of France, with a bust in most town halls across the nation.
- Metal: 900 Fine Silver
- Weight: 18g
- Women of France Series
- Year of Issue: 2017
- Mintage Limit: 10,000
- Diameter: 33mm
- Finish: Proof Quality
Marianne is a symbol of the French Republic, an allegory of freedom. She is wearing a Phrygian cap, acockade and is accompanied by flyingbirds.
The reverse of this proof silver coin shows the face value surrounded by two branches (oak and laurel) that evoke the Euro symbol. The entire reverse motive is framed in a hexagonal design representing the shape of France.
This stunning limited edition coin is presented in a classic Monnaie de Paris box with a uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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