Genius of Liberty 10 Francs France Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Génie de la Liberté) Bimetallic (July Column) Hot Guy
Genius of Liberty 10 Francs France Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Génie de la Liberté) (Bimetallic) (July Column)
Obverse: A representation of the Génie de la Liberté (the Spirit of Liberty, approximately), a sculpture located at the top of the "July Column" in Paris, is flanked with the letters R and F, the initials of the French Republic. The rim constitutes a striated geometrical pattern.
Lettering: R F
Reverse: The face value, crossed out with wide stripes, is surrounded by the French motto: "LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ" (liberty, equality, fraternity)
Period Fifth Republic (1958-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Value 10 Francs (10 FRF)
Currency New franc (1960-2001)
Composition Bimetallic: nickel center in copper-aluminium ring
Weight 6.5 g
Diameter 22.86 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 9
References F# 375, Schön# 259, KM# 964.1, Gad# 827
The Spirit of Liberty is a sculpture in bronze gilded realized by Auguste Dumont in 1836 . It sits on the July Column, Place de la Bastille, in Paris.
At a height of 4 meters, it has crowned the July Column since 1836, the date of its order and delivery. An allegorical statue depicting Liberty in masculine features , it represents a winged genius who brandishes a torch in his right hand and in his left the broken chains of despotism , while leaping into the air from his left foot.
This statue is inspired by a plaster model carved by the artist from 1833 in half-size, now kept at the museum of Semur-en-Auxois, in Côte-d'Or.
Male allegory, the work breaks with the artistic tradition of the time, avoiding a female representation which would have been too explicit a reference to revolutionary and republican freedom. In the same perspective, the genius does not wear a Phrygian cap , the usual attribute of freedom.