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France 1917 The Sower (La Semeuse) Walking Liberty Silver 1 Franc

France 1917 The Sower (La Semeuse) Walking Liberty Silver 1 Franc

Manufacturer: France
SKU: 99902-1917
Price: $14.95
List Price: $19.95 - Savings: $5.00
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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!

Sold out at the Mint!In 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 rising sun illuminating her footsteps. The echoes of this revolution in numismatic art reverberate to this day.

SOWER SILVER FRANCMasterpiece of Art Nouveau Design
Known in 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.

Click here for more coins 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 of European 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 year of America's entry into the First World War, 1917, and will grade a very nice about uncirculated.


Obverse
The 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.

Reverse
A simple but realistic laurel branch, the allegorical symbol of victory, with seeds, is depicted. The date, the denomination, and the motto of the French Republic, LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ are also indicated.
Country France
Year of Issue 1917
   
Face Value 1 Franc
Weight 5.00 g
Diameter 23.00 mm
Mintage     57,153,000
   
Composition    .835 Fine Silver
Edge Reeded (serrated, milled)
Artist Oscar Roty
Packaging 2 x 2 coin holder

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