La qualité "Belle Épreuve" est la plus haute qualité numismatique devant les qualités "Brillant Universel" (BU) et "courante". Une pièce belle épreuve est une pièce obtenue au moyen de coins et de flans spécialement préparés et de conditions de frappe particulières, de sorte que les motifs de gravure ressortent avec une grande netteté et que la surface est sans défaut. Les fonds de la gravure sont extrêmement brillants, les reliefs sont matés.
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 M...
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.
Trained at the best schools, they have the years of experience behind them necessary to master all aspects of the craft. Using industrial oil-based modelling clay and working from a design executed freehand or with CAD software, they skilfully fashion a low relief model in order to enhance the engraving and the way it catches the light. They work alternately with concave and convex plaster moulds until satisfied they have achieved the best 3D rendering of the design.
The first minters began to ply their trade in France when striking with a hammer appeared in the 4th century BC. Nowdays, minsters use press instead of a hammer. Their knowledge of dies, engraving and metals, and their expertise - passed seamlessly down from one generation to the next for centuries - guarantees the excellence of their work.
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