Women of France 2016 Queen Clotilde 22.2g Silver
The Women of France series pays tribute to the history of France and women who have contributed. Through their portraits and memorable scenes of their lives, engravers of the Monnaie de Paris have transcribed the personalities of these famous women. All denominations are struck in a particular quality called “History”. It gives an antique look to the currencies and makes them perfectly imperfect, making each copy a unique specimen! The series begins with three famous women from the medieval period: the Queen Clotilde, Queen Mathilde and Jeanne d’Arc Through their portrait and the significant event of their live, Monnaie de Paris’ engravers have transcribed those famous women’s personality. Some textures treated as all-over textiles patterns appear in the background of the coins.
Clotilde (c. 474 – 545), princess of Burgundy and fervent Catholic, was brought up in her mother’s Christian faith. She married Clovis in 493 and their first two children were baptised at Clotilde’s particular request. It was at the battle of Tolbiac in 496 that Clovis himself promised to convert, on condition that he was victorious. He was subsequently baptised on 25 December 498 in Reims. Highly instrumental in her husband’s conversion to Christianity, Clotilde died around 545 and was canonised around 550. With him Clotilde built at Paris the Church of the Holy Apostles, afterwards known as the Abbey of St Genevieve. After Clovis’ death in 511, she retired to the Abbey of St. Martin at Tours.
Clotilde’s cult made her the patron of queens, widows, brides and even those in exile. In Normandy especially, she was venerated as guarding the lame and those who suffered violent death and ill-tempered husbands. In art she is often depicted presiding over the baptism of Clovis, or as a suppliant at the shrine of Saint Martin. Several fine images of her remain, particularly in the 16th century stained glass window at Andelys. Her relics survived the French Revolution, and are housed in the Église Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles in Paris.
- Metal: 900 Fine Silver
- Weight: 22.2g
- Women of France Series
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Mintage Limit: 5,000
- Diameter: 37mm
- Finish: Proof Quality
Features a bust of Queen Clotilde. Engraved around the circumference are her name and title. At the bottom are noted the years of her life span. The coin also has been lightly engraved with a repetitive tapestry pattern in the background.
Carrys a depiction of Clovis’ baptism on the obverse, also in a period style with the patterned background.
This stunning limited edition coin is presented in a classic Monnaie de Paris box with a uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity. A perfect gift for lovers of history.