Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major masterpieces of French museums or having been painted in France.
Liberty Guiding the People is a painting made by Eugène Delacroix in 1830. That same year, Charles X, who reigned over France, decided to revoke the gains of the revolution by abolishing the freedom of the press. This law provoked an uprising of the people that lasted three days, called the "3 Glorieuses". As a tribute to this revolution, the artist painted a woman holding up the French flag in the light and guiding the people. Today, this work is kept in the Louvre Museum.
The obverse depicts one of Eugène Delacroix's most famous works: Liberty Guiding the People, painted in 1830 and depicting a woman holding up the French flag. The coins focus on Marianne and Gavroche. The "chefs d’œuvre des musées“ (museum masterpieces) stamp that signs all the coins in this series has been added at the top right and blends in with the artwork. The Louvre Museum, in which the work is exhibited, is an integral part of the design as it represents one of the sides of the frame. The name of the work, the artist's name and the yeardate 2023 complete the display around the painting.
The reverse is common to the series. It depicts several views of many major French museums. An interior view of the Musée d’Orsay, on the top left, is recognizable by its distinctive clock. Beside that is a view of the façade of the Louvre as seen from the Napoleon courtyard where the pyramid is located. Below these two elements, a fresco shows the Hôtel Salé, which houses the Picasso Museum. The lower portion of the reverse side features a view of the façade of Hôtel Biron, the current Rodin Museum, and above, the famous Centre Pompidou stairway. The face value and the words “République Française” are also inscribed on the reverse side.