«The Fascination of Gold»

Rulers' Portraits on Coins and in Arts - a comparison

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Sometimes, portraits can be so lifelike that they cost the portrayed's life. In 1793 the French king Louis XVI ended up on the scaffold because in Varennes, on his way out of the country, he was recognised by a postmaster's son. The king bore far too much resemblance to his effigy on the circulating coins!

Rulers' Portraits on Coins and in Arts - a comparison