France 1916 The Sower (La Semeuse) Walking Liberty Silver 1 Franc
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Own a piece of history,
an original Walking Liberty Silver 1 Franc, one
of the all-time classic coin designs, from the height of World War I!
1897 Oscar Roty began a revolution that soon spread across the globe.
With the introduction of his realistic, alluring, full-body portrait of
the Sower, France (and eventually most of the world, including the
United States) said goodbye to static, staid and idealized profile
portraits of monarchs and Liberty. There was a new goddess in town, and
she strode confidently forward into a golden age of coin design, the
illuminating her footsteps. The echoes of this revolution in numismatic
art reverberate to this day.
Masterpiece of Art Nouveau Design
France as La Semeuse
Oscar Roty's iconic Sower has been beguiling coin collectors for
more than a century! Despite her age she looks better than
ever as she
sows peace and prosperity for her people. A medalist and grand master
of the art nouveau style, Roty designed the fin-de-siècle
beauty in 1897, when she sauntered onto several denominations
of French coins, including the keystone silver franc.
It is widely believed that Roty's Sower inspired several classic
American coin designs, including Augustus Saint-Gauden's $20 double
eagle gold piece; Adolph Weinman's famous Walking Liberty half dollar
(later recycled for the American Eagle silver bullion dollar); and the
U.S.-Philippines silver centavos and peso designed by Melicio Figueroa.
The Sower appears to this day on French coinage, both circulating euro
coins as well as silver and gold proof commemoratives.
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featuring France's own Walking Liberty, the Sower!
History in Your Hand
Here is a rare opportunity to own (at a bargain price) a piece
history minted in precious metal - an original example from WWI of the
important and beautiful Sower silver coin, in the cornerstone
denomination of France's traditional monetary system, the franc.
Each coin will date from the height of the First World War, 1916, and
a very nice about uncirculated.
allegorical figure of the Sower strolls in front of the rays of the
newly-risen sun, sowing the seeds of good fortune for her country at
the dawning of a new day. More than a century after her birth, Oscar
Roty's timeless beauty remains a classic and readily-identified emblem
of the French Republic. The legend RÉPUBLIQUE
FRANÇAISE ("The French Republic") also appears.
A simple but realistic
the allegorical symbol of victory, with seeds, is depicted. The date,
the denomination, and the motto of the French
ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ are also indicated.
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