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2017 France €10 Silver Proof Coin "The Sower: Louis d'Or"

RSM Price: $54.95
Item Number: FR17AGPF3
  • Mint: Monnaie de Paris
  • Denomination: €10
  • Quality: Proof
  • Issue limit: 5,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 90% Silver
  • Diameter: 37 mm=1.46 in
  • Weight: 22.2 g=0.78 oz
  • Box/Capsule: Yes/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
 

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The Sower has been a pattern of French numismatic history for over a century. Originally, the Sower was designed by Oscar Roty for a Department of Agriculture medal in 1887.

In 1896, when the French Minister for Finance ordered new coins, Roty was part of the selected artists and proposed a new version of the Sower. It appeared for the first time on circulating coins. Since 2002, it has been revisited by Monnaie de Paris on a series of collector coins, using the original drawing by Roty in a more contemporary setting.

In 2014, a new theme was introduced: the most historically significant coins of France’s history, with designs inspired by the ancient coins. After the Charles the Bald denier, the Franc à Cheval, and the Teston, comes the “Louis d’Or,” a splendid coin that, when it was first issued, was widely replicated by other countries and states due to its practicality as well as its beauty.

The reverse design is a reference to the three major French kings, all named Louis, and symbols of their successful regimes when the Louis d’Or was in circulation. Louis XIII (1601–1643) is presented through the reverse and obverse of an original Louis d’Or, which was first struck during his reign. Louis XIV (1638–1715), the “Sun King,” is represented by his majestic bust on the right-hand side of the coin. Finally, Louis XV (1710–1774) is shown at lower left, leading the French troops to the Battle of Fontenoy—a famous French victory fought in May 1745, and source of the quote “Messieurs les Anglais, tirez les premiers” (English gentlemen, fire first).

The obverse of the coin depicts Oscar Roty’s Sower design in a more contemporary setting, encircled by the 12 stars of the European flag. The feminine figure is framed with a heraldic representation of the French flag.

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