Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major master pieces of French museums or having been painted in France.
The obverse shows the famous painting made by Eugene Delacroix in 1983. That same year, Charles X, who reigned over France, decided to revoke the gains of the revolution by abolishing the freedom of the press. This law provoked an uprising of the people that lasted three days, called the "3 Glorieuses". As a tribute to this revolution, the artist painted a woman holding up the French flag in the light and guiding the people. today, this work is kept in the Louvre Museum.
The reverse is common to the series. It depicts several views of many major French museums. An interior view of the Musée d’Orsay, on the top left, is recognizable by its distinctive clock. Beside that is a view of the façade of the Louvre as seen from the Napoleon court yard where the pyramid is located. Below these two elements, a fresco shows the Hôtel Salé, which houses the Picasso Museum. The lower portion of the reverse side features a view of the façade of Hôtel Biron, the current Rodin Museum, and above, the famous Centre Pompidou stairway. The face value and the words “République Française” are also in scribed on the reverse side.
Masterpieces of the Museum Series Program - Series V: Liberty Guiding the People
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