French Commemorative 2020

Details relating to the French Commemorative of 2020.

Issue Date: 31.01.2020

Number Minted:  18,061,940

Mint: Monnaie de Paris,Pessac

Mint Mark : Cornucopia

This coin commemorates the 130 th anniversary of the birth of Charles de Gaulle as well as the 50th anniversary of his death.

De Gaulle was undoubtedly one of the greatest French leaders of modern times and was a rallying point for the French in the dark hours of the Second World War.


de Gaulle is depicted twice on the coin - in the background as a general who led The France's Resistance to the German occupation during World War II.

In the foreground we see an older De Gaulle as he was when president of France (1959-1969).

On the left of the inner circle is the symbol de Gaulle chose for the French Resistance - the Lorraine Cross. Also on the left we see the country designation "RF" (République française).The "F" is cleverly merged into the Lorraine Cross.

Also in the Cross - between eight and nine o'clock are the dates of birth and death of de Gaulle as well as the year of issue - respectively 1890, 1970 and 2020. At the bottom of the cross (seven o'clock) is the mark of the coin designer Joaquin Jimenez.

On the edge of the inner circle, running from five to two o'clock is the inscription “Charles de Gaulle”.

Finally at the bottom of the inner circle are the mint mark and the  mark of the mint master.

You may have noted the unusual number of coins minted, not as is usually the case a round hunderd thousand or million but  18,061,940.
This commemorates his famous appeal sent to the French resistance on the BBC on 18th of June 1940.

All in all, a very interesting coin with much symbolism built in.


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