From September 17, the exhibition "For the Best and for the Empire - In the footsteps of Napoleon I at the Monnaie de Paris" will be on display in the museum, shedding light on the birth of the Germinal franc and the inner mechanism of the Napoleonic legend, where medals and symbols play a decisive role in the service of power.
The First Consul Bonaparte came to the Paris Mint on March 12, 1803 to visit the monetary workshops. His purpose was to ensure that everything was technically ready before promulgating the creation of the Germinal franc, which he did a few days later with the laws of March 28-April 7, 1803. In the occasion of this very important official visit, a gold medal featuring his portrait was minted in front of him. This effigy, engraved by Pierre-Joseph Tiolier, was to serve as a model for the future germinal franc. On the reverse, the date of the Republican calendar, 21 Ventôse Year XI, commemorates this important moment in the institutional history of the Monnaie de Paris.
From the launch of the great monetary reform of the Germinal franc in 1803 after the First Consul's visit to the Paris Mint, to the construction of the "Napoleonic legend" by the skillful work of the engravers directed by Dominique-Vivant Denon. From the Consulate to the Empire, and then under the July Monarchy and the Second Empire, you will also discover the role of the Paris Mint: a state institution, a means of expressing power, which served as a diplomatic tool for European sovereigns and ambassadors.
Curator: Beatrice COULLARE, Head of Conservation at the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris.
Sur les pas de Napoléon..
Accompagnés d’un médiateur, découvrez la mise en place de la grande réforme monétaire du franc germinal, et l’art des graveurs emblématique de ce temps qui participèrent activement à la diffusion de l’effigie politique du souverain, jusqu’à la construction de sa légende.