Semeuse on the move gold 2010 0.920 50th anniversary of the new franc :
Only 500 copies!
50 euros Sowing machine on the march 2010 in gold
Author: engraving studio
Weight: 8.45 grams
Print run: 500
Metal: 920/1000 gold
Quality: universal glistening
Face value: 50 euros
This beautiful €50 coin was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the new franc.... The print run of 500 copies makes it rare and sought after by collectors...
The story of the Sower is surprising! Born in 1887, its effigy was taken up again under the 3rd, 4th and 5th Republics and retained among the three French models of the euro!
The origin of this familiar French figure dates back to 1887. That year, Oscar Roty, a talented engraver, designed an award medal for the Ministry of Agriculture, but the project remained unfinished. Eight years later, Paul Doumer, then Minister of Finance, chose Oscar Roty to engrave new coins. The mission is to create "a new currency that is in line with new ideas and that says what our conception of the Republic and the republican regime is". At the end of the 19th century, the Third Republic, which had adopted the Marseillaise as its anthem and 14 July as its bank holidays, was looking for an emblem...
Oscar Roty took the effigy of the agricultural medal but transformed it in shape and spirit. The rural aspect fades away in favour of an idealised representation. A woman walks with a determined step, her hair and dress floating in the wind, wearing a Phrygian cap, sowing a field, against a background of rising sun. It is the first representation of the Republic by a full-length figure in action and not by a face in profile.
These seeds that she generously throws into the earth are the innumerable ideas that perhaps one day will germinate and rise, when we are no longer there
This image gave rise to violent controversy at the time, with some reproaching this woman, wearing a Phrygian cap, for sowing "disorder, anarchy and weeds".
Yet the symbol is clear: "these seeds that she generously throws into the earth are the countless ideas that may one day germinate and rise, when we are no longer there".
It is an allegory of Marianne, or the French Republic, illustrating the influence of republican ideas spread by France in the world and the spirit of freedom.
This image of the Republic will become one of the emblematic figures of our national mythology. The semeuse appears on the 2 franc, 1 franc and 50 centime coins issued from 1898 to 1920. In 1903, it was adopted by the postage stamp, entitled "The Republic on the move, semeuse of ideas and rising sun" (photo 4). Finally, it was used again from 1960 onwards, when the new Franc was created, notably for the 5 francs silver coin.
The Semeuse thus became the most widely distributed work of art in France!
The popularity of this symbol was such that when the euro was created, the Sower was chosen, along with the bust of Marianne and the tree, as one of the three symbols of republican France appearing on the national sides of the 10, 20 and 50 cent euro coins.
- 50 Euro
- Year/Period and Variation
- 2010 - La semeuse en marche - 1/4 OZ
- Precious metal
- Uncirculated (not released for circulation)