Since 2008, Monnaie de Paris has been honouring the symbols of French numismatics over three years by revisiting them through the codes of contemporary coinage. After the Sower, Hercules, the Rooster, Marianne as well as natural symbols, Monnaie de Paris highlights in 2023 three historical and emblematic coins that have built the French numismatic heritage.
Reinterpretation of the Napoleonic franc engraved by Jean-Jacques Barre, this coin features a laureate portrait of Emperor Napoleon III on its obverse. this profile was strongly inspired by that of his uncle Napoleon, who himself built his image on the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. To the right of his profile, we find the Napoleonic coat of arms initially present on the reverse of the imperial coins.
The reverse side of this new collection highlights the three eras to which the three inspirations of this trilogy belong. Set in a hexagon, these three graphic friezes interpret the French flag in its heraldic form. The face value, the RF logo and the guarantee marks complete the composition of this reverse.