Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to the major masterpieces of French museums or having been painted in France.
Marie Antoinette with a Rose is a painting by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun created in 1783. Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1791, then Queen of the French from 1791 to 1792, was the last queen of the Ancien Régime. This painting, exhibited in the “Petit Trianon” - the queen's estate at the “Château de Versailles” - is the most famous of Marie Antoinette's paintings.
The obverse depicts one of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun's works: Marie Antoinette with a rose painted in 1783. The "chefs d’œuvre des musées“ (museum masterpieces) stamp, which signs all the coins in this series, has been added at the top right and blends in with the work. The Petit Trianon, 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, that of the artist and the yeardate 2023 complete the display.
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.