Another exciting release in Monnaie de Paris' "Women of France" series, this coin celebrates Olympe de Gouges. Olympe de Gouges played a role in elevating the need for women's rights in France.
- Contains 1/4 oz of .999 fine Gold.
- Comes in a box and with a certificate of authenticity from the Monnaie de Paris.
- Mintage of just 1,000 coins.
- Obverse: Depicts the portrait of Olympe de Gouge with her shoulders and neck wrapped in a fine stole. The background evokes the textile patterns of the time.
- Reverse: Features a quote from the Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Female Citizen, which de Gouges wrote in 1791. The background includes a motif inspired by the Eighteenth Century.
- Certified by the Monnaie de Paris.
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Marie Gouze was born in Montauban and grew up in a working-class family with a father working as a butcher and mother as a servant. In 1765 she is married with Louis Aubry and they have a son, Pierre, together. Her husband died in 1766 and she decided to move to Paris with her son. She took the pseudonym Olympe de Gouges in 1770.
She met a senior officer from the navy and became his mistress but refused to marry him. Her education allowed her to adapt herself to the uses of the Parisian elite. In the salons she frequented, she met several men of letters and tried to be a novelist herself. She created a theater troop and played in Paris and in the province. She wrote theater plays on the subject of slavery and began receiving death threats.
She also wrote political pamphlets in newspapers such as the "Journal General de France" in which she defended the idea that women are able to take in the tasks usually carried out by men and asks that women are associated to the political and major societal debates.
She wrote "Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Female Citizen" following the 1789 "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen", in which she affirmed the equality of civil and political rights between the two genders.
On the political level, she supported Louis XVI during his trial and stood up for the Girondins. She was sentenced to death and guillotined on November 3, 1793.