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, we will celebrate the bicentenary of the passing away of Napoleon I. This year will therefore be truly "Napoleon Year" celebrated in France and internationally. We obviously couldn't miss this event and wanted to celebrate it not only fro...
Napoleon I - Bicentenary of his passing away Bircon - 10€ Silver Coin Proof quality yeardate 2021
In 2021, we will celebrate the bicentenary of the passing away of Napoleon I. This year will therefore be truly "Napoleon Year" celebrated in France and internationally. We obviously couldn't miss this event and wanted to celebrate it not only from several angles of the heritage of this period of French history but also through our different types of products.
This coin is in the shape of a bicorn, the famous headdress, emblem of Napoleon.
On this side, we wanted to represent the different aspects of the Napoleonic period.
The grenadiers of the guard, on the left, represent the battles of the military epic of the famous Great Army, while the allegory of justice, on the right, taken from the preface of the civil code, symbolises the civil reforms of this period. The link is made by the Legion of Honour, which acts as a pivot between the military and the civilian world by virtue of its status as a distinction for "both worlds". The French cockade is also present.
We mentioned his passing away date as well as the year 2021, its bicentenary.
On the reverse, against a background of the sun of Austerlitz, various iconic symbols are depicted, such as the eagle, bees, laurels and the famous silhouette of the Emperor.
The laurel wreath is also depicted to recall his coronation.The word "RF" is present at the bottom right of the coin, as well as the hallmark of Joaquin Jimenez.
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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