Republic of France, 10 Francs 1851


Republic of France, 10 Francs 1851 (obverse) Republic of France, 10 Francs 1851 (reverse)

The image on this golden 10 francs-coin is borrowed from Antiquity; it shows the head of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and growing plants. She stands for the cultivation and the fertility of the land, and thus for the peasants. The inscription on the reverse reads LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity), the catchwords of the French Revolution. The wreath around the denomination is of significance, too, for it is made from leaves of laurel and oak. The oak tree and its leaves are an old symbol for the people and their rootedness to the soil. Laurel, on the other hand, stands for triumph. Hence the message on this coins is: victory of the people.


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