Part of the Women of France Series, this coin is the fourth release in the series. The coin features La Marquise de Pompadour, who played a role in protecting the arts 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: Features the portrait of Madame de Pompadour wearing ribbons around her neck. The background design evokes the textile patterns of the time.
- Reverse: Depicts an allegory of the role Pompadour played in protecting the arts, and in publishing the "Encyclopedie" in particular. The background also evokes textile patterns of the time.
- Certified by the Monnaie de Paris.
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Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson was born in 1721 in Paris. She grew up in a working-class family and had a tough childhood. Her father Francois Poisson is forced to leave the country and went into exile in Germany. She is handed over to the Ursulines in Poissy in 1727 but only stays there for three years. In 1730 Madame Poisson decides to take her daughter back with her to Paris. Thanks to her mother and her lover, Jeanne-Antoinette receives an excellent education.
She is married in 1741 to Charles-Guillaume Le Normant d'Etiolles.
Jeanne-Antoinette's beauty and intelligence made her famous and she became hostess in the cultivated and fashionable Parisian salons. She met King Louis XV during a hunt in the summer of 1743. In 1745, she became the King's new mistress. She went with the King to battle of Fontenoy and the same year becomes Marquise. She was King Louis XV's mistress and confidante for several years.
She supported arts and literature, particularly philosophy. She contributed to the publication of the first two volumes of the "Encyclopedie" by Diderot and D'Alembert.
Tired by the court life and suffering from fragile health, she stepped down in the beginning of 1751 for the benefit of other mistresses but received the title of Duchess as compensation. She continued to act as the King's confidant and died in 1764 in Versailles.