Description of obverse and reverse
On the obverse, a typically Chinese dragon appears within a decorative frieze. The words "Année du Dragon" and "RF" feature as ideograms.
On the reverse, a portrait of Jean de la Fontaine is depicted next to the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
A brief annotation
Following the Ox, the Tiger and the Rabbit, Monnaie de Paris continues its series on Chinese astrological signs with the Dragon. This Chinese astrological sign, which is described as powerful and determined, is one of the most valiant signs of the calendar. The dragon is also one of numerous animals to feature in Jean de la Fontaine's fable "The Dragon with Many
Heads and the Dragon with Many Tails".