Beautiful Gold accents add detail to this striking coin that features the Opera Garnier. Mintage of only 3,000 coins.
- Contains .714 oz of .900 fine Silver.
- Comes in a box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: Depicts a curtain opening to reveal the façade of the Opéra Garnier. One of the statues is emphasized with selective gilding. Music sheet and a libretto also appear engraved on the curtain.
- 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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In 1661 Louis XIV founded the Royal Academy of Dance whose mission was to train the artists. A few years later, in 1669 the Royal Academy of Music was founded. Also named Opera or Opera Academy, its mission is to promote French opera in Paris and in the principal cities of the realm. The foundation of the academy is also a major element in the history of ballet.
On January 14th, 1858, Napoleon III went by carriage to the Opera and suffered an attempted murder. Fortunately, the Emperor and Empress Eugénie escape of the attack, which left several people injured and dead. The next day, the emperor decided to build a new hall. An international competition was launched for the construction of the building, Charles Garnier won.
The prefect Haussmann offers the location of the building in the 9th district, in the heart of Paris. Napoleon III asked him to develop an avenue connecting with the Tuileries Palace where he resides in the Garnier building. The future Avenue de l'Opera will allow the Emperor to move easily. The new Opera was inaugurated in January 1875, two years after the death of Napoleon III. Its main facade overlooking the Opera Square is dressed in four main groups of statues: poetry, music, dance and lyric drama. A balcony is built on the first floor. It is dominated by busts representing composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Rossini.