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Arrival of La Fayette in Boston
Прибытие маркиза де Ла Файета в Бостон
Presented by
Monnaie de Paris
Nominal value
25 euro
Weight
62,208 g
Diameter
44 mm
Metal
Silver 999°
Mintage
1 500 pcs
Production quality
Proof, octagonal shape
Designer
Monnaie de Paris’ Engraving Workshop
Producer
Monnaie de Paris
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse represents the portrait of the Marquis de La Fayette in profile, in the same way as the coins of the Monarchy or the Empire were presented. The engraving is taken from an old medal, struck by Monnaie de Paris which brings authenticity to the coin. In addition, the octagonal shape is a technical feat and is innovative in terms of coin cutting. The name Marquis de La Fayette and his ranks are inscribed clockwise of the coin. 

The face value of 25€ is unprecedented as it is the first time that Monnaie de Paris offers a coin with this value and these characteristics. The RF can also be seen on the right. 

The reverse represents in the center a coat of arms composed of the visual of the Hermione, the frigate used by the Marquis de Lafayette to travel from France to Boston. The coat of arms of fleurs-de-lys are echoing the monarchy. The coat of arms is surrounded by French and American flags echoing the signature of the United States Independence. These flags are nested in laurel branches symbolizing victory. An orflam with the words "live free or die" floats above the coat of arms and shows the conviction of the American settlers to claim their independence. 

The words "Compagnie des Grenadiers volontaires du IIIème bataillon VIème division" are inscribed clockwise on the coin. The year 2020 as well as the mintmarks are visible at the bottom of the reverse.
A brief annotation
Born on September 6, 1757, Marie Joseph Gilbert Motier, better known as the Marquis de La Fayette, was a great French military figure whose destiny was intimately linked to the history of America. Thanks to this great help, British troops were trapped in Chesapeake Bay. The Franco- American allies then won the decisive victory at Yorktown on October 17, 1781 Still seen as a hero in the United States, the Marquis de La Fayette has a square bearing in his name in Washington and was posthumously declared an honorary citizen in 2002.
New issue
№ 1(62) 2023
№ 1(62) 2023
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