This intricately designed coin celebrates Catherine de Medici, the mother of three French kings.
- Contains .6423 oz of fine Silver.
- Comes in a box and with a certificate of authenticity from the Monnaie de Paris.
- Mintage of just 5,000 coins.
- Obverse: Features the portrait of Catherine de Medici, the dates of her life (1519-1589), and a background based off a tapestry from Chateau de Blois.
- Reverse: Depicts Chateau de Chenonceau as well as an artichoke, one of the vegetables Catherine introduced. The background pattern features the initials CHD, which refer to Catherine de Medici, Henry II, and his mistress Diane de Poitiers. The motif can also be found throughout the Chateau de Chenonceau.
- Certified by the Monnaie de Paris.
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Catherine de Medici was born in Florence in 1519. Daughter of the Duke of Urbino and a French mother, she spent all her childhood in Italy. Few days after she was born, her parents died, she inherits the title of Duchess of Urbino. In 1524, her aunt Anne of Auvergne dies and Catherine de Medicis inherits title of Countess of Auvergne.
In 1533, Catherine de Medici and Henri II get married in Marseille in the presence of the Pope Clement VII who was there to meet Francois I (Henri's II father). In 1536, Catherine de Medici becomes future Queen and Duchess of Britain, her husband heir to the throne. In 1544, their first child, Francois II was born. Catherine de Medici was the mother of three Kings of France: Francois II, Charles IX, and Henri III. In 1547, the King Francois I dies, Henri of Orleans inherits the throne under the name of Henri II and Catherine becomes Queen of France.
She contributed to the artistic life of France, surrounding herself with artists and protecting men of letters such as Montaigne. She was also at the origin of major architectural works such as the expansion of the Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley where she lived. She was also know for having encouraged France's gastronomic culture. She brought the artichoke to France, her favorite vegetable.
Henri II died accidentally at the age of forty on July 30, 1559.
Francois II came to the throne in September 1559 at the age of 15. He was helped by his mother and the Guise, his wife's uncle. he had married the queen of Scotland Marie Stuart in 1558. His reign was marked by the rise of religious violence. Francois II died in December 1560. His younger brother Charles IX ascended to the throne, he was only ten years old. Catherine de Medicis was declared regent. Charles IX died as the age of 23 without an heir. his younger brother Henri III succeeded him.
He was in Poland, and during his absence Catherine was named regent. After his return, she kept an important role in the French politic. She died in 1589 at the age of 70.