French 10 Francs Marianne Gold Coin
Tavex is pleased to present a European classic, the eminent French 10 franc Marianne gold coin, also referred to as “French Marianne and Rooster coin”. With a rich history of more than 600 years, the 10 franc gold coin recalls France’s former eminence as one of the great powers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Standardised and authorised by Napoleon Bonaparte himself, the 10 franc ranks among France’s most treasured and sought-after gold coins. Displaying perfect uniformity and accuracy for over a century, French 10 francs facilitated world trade and became the basis for Europe’s first monetary union. With more than 100 million pieces, they are liquid and widely recognised on the European bullion market.
Beautifully designed and representing a charming and glamorous aspect of French culture, the 10 franc Marianne gold coin comes in an affordable weight, making it appropriate as a collector’s item, a gift, or a tangible gold investment.
- 10 franc Marianne gold coins are distinguished French coins. The 10 franc gold piece is France’s most famous coin and likewise one of the best-known gold coins in Europe.
- 10 franc Marianne gold coins are money. They are exempt from Value Added Tax, and as such are exchangeable throughout Europe by bullion dealers and investors alike.
- 10 franc Marianne gold coins are liquid. With more than one hundred millions pieces minted since the 1800s, French 10 franc gold coins have strong liquidity and a guaranteed market.
- 10 franc Marianne gold coins were part of Europe’s first monetary union. The French gold franc was the basis for the Latin Monetary Union, Europe’s first major currency union.
- 10 franc Marianne gold coins are an excellent way to diversify your portfolio. Gold’s low correlation with other financial assets makes French 10 franc gold coins serve as a portfolio hedge against market risk.
- 10 franc Marianne gold coins are the equivalent of savings. French 10 franc gold coins are an ideal choice for any long-term saver who appreciates the security and stability of owning physical gold coins.
Marianne depicted on the French 10 franc gold coin
When the 10 franc Marianne coins were introduced in 1899, they continued in the footsteps of the monetary tradition of the French Republic where circulating gold francs, instead of depicting the effigy of a king or emperor, portrayed French symbols of victory, liberty, justice. The most famous and pronounced French emblems that represent these principles are the rooster and Marianne. The rooster which is shown on the reverse side of the 10 franc gold coinis a French Christian symbol associated with victory. The rooster’s crowing to the sunriseis considered to be the daily victory of light over darkness and evil. The rooster had become an important symbol during the French Renaissance period, in which the Catholic Church played a decisive role in France’s state affairs. Today, the rooster is the unofficial symbol of France and is most often used as a national mascot at sports events.
The effigy of Marianne which is portrayed on the obverse of the 10 franc gold coin is a combination of the allegorical personifications of liberty and justice. Painted for the first time in 1775 by a young French painter, Marianne gained popularity in the aftermath of the French Revolution when the newly elected assembly needed a fresh symbol to represent the First French Republic. The effigy of a young Marianne was chosen, representing a young but determined new Republic. Marianne is today France’s national symbol, portrayedon French euro coins, stamps, and official government logos. She is a staunch Republic an emblem associated with the triumph of freedom against absolute rule.
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The obverse portrays the motif of Marianne, the French national symbol of liberty, carrying a wreath made of oak leaves. Surrounding Marianne is the text “REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE”. Below Marianne’s chin is the signature of the master engraver “J.C.CHAPLAIN”.
The reverse picturesa standing rooster in grass. Surrounding the rooster is the text “LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE”, which translates as “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. Either side of the rooster’s shanks is the denominationof “10 Fcs” and below is the year of mintage.
Between 1898 and 1907, the egde contains the text “DIEU PROTÉGE LA FRANCE”, which translates as “God protect France”, and between 1907 and 1914 the text “LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE”, which translates as “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.
Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule if desired.
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