In 2021, Monnaie de Paris celebrates the 80th anniversary of Free France and pays tribute to the Franco-British friendship through an iconic political couple: Charles de Gaulle, then General and leader of Free France and Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The latter played a key role in the French resistance by supporting General de Gaulle in order to secure his legitimacy and to enable Free France to be recognized in the eyes of the Allies. In recognition to his support, Charles de Gaulle presented Winston Churchill with the Cross of Liberation in 1958.
The obverse of the coin shows the profiles of Charles de Gaulle in the foreground and Winston Churchill in the background, both dressed in military uniform. Their names are shown above their profiles. The French and British flags are shown in color with the words RF in the French flag and 80 years in the British flag referring to the 80 years of Free France which was founded in London.
The reverse of the coins features France and Great Britain with a common background to highlight their alliance during the Second World War. The words "1941-2021 ANNIVERSARY OFFREE FRANCE" are stamped on the Lorraine Cross, the symbol of Free France,and include the year of issue. The face value of the coin is shown to the right of the cross.