Beautifully designed, this coin features the Genius of Liberty atop of the July Column in France. The coin celebrates a monument that honors French liberty after the revolution of 1830.
- Contains 5 oz of .950 fine Silver.
- Comes in a box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: Features the Genius of la Bastille in Gold accent and depicts the column of the "Trois Glorieuses" behind him.
- Reverse: Proposes a modern view of the Paris map. Above the design is the name of the series. The lower part of the coin bears the face value and year-date.
- Minted by the Monnaie de Paris.
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Les 3 Glorieuses
Les 3 Glorieuses refers to the second French revolution after 1789. It led to the selection of a new king, Louis-Philippe who took the power of the regime called July Monarchy. This revolution was indeed a revolt that took place over three days, July 27th, 28th and 29th, in 1830. These days are called "Trois Glorieuses".
The revolution began after a long period of parliamentary and ministerial instability in which king Charles X tried a kind of coup with his ordinances of Saint-Cloud on July 25, 1830. As a reaction, the emerging revolt became a republican revolution. The people of Paris protested and built barricades to fight against the armed forces. The fighting caused 200 deaths on the soldiers' side and 800 deaths on the insurgents' side. After the hesitation of 1830, the constitutional monarchy was maintained thanks to a change of dynasty. Louis-Philippe 1st was proclaimed "King of the French" and no longer "King of France".
History of The Genius of La Bastille
The column of "Trois Glorieuses" (also known as July Column) celebrates the three days in July in which the second French revolution took place. It was during this time that King Charles X of France fell and the duke of Orleans, Louis-Philippe, became the "King of the French". In 1833, a law proclaimed that "one monument would be dedicated to the memory of the events of July". That same year, Louis Philippe decided to build a monument that presented the Genius of Liberty.
Le Génie, Symbol of France's Liberty
Since September 29, 1995, the monument has been designated as a historic monument. Le Genie de las Bastille (or Genius of Liberty) is on top of the July column. It represents a free man, with a torch breaking the shackles of despotism.