• 10 Francs 1987, KM# 961d, France, 1000th Anniversary of the Election of Hugh Capet
  • 10 Francs 1987, KM# 961d, France, 1000th Anniversary of the Election of Hugh Capet

Hugh Capet (c. 939 – 24 October 996) was the King of the Franks from 987 to 996. He is the founder and first king from the House of Capet. The son of the powerful duke Hugh the Great and his wife Hedwige of Saxony, he was elected as the successor of the last Carolingian king, Louis V. Hugh was descended from Charlemagne's sons Louis the Pious and Pepin of Italy through his mother and paternal grandmother, respectively, and was also a nephew of Otto the Great.

Engraver: Gérard Baldrati


Depicts a figure of King Hugh Capet from the tomb sculpture, crosses in the background, the inscription "Millennium of the Capetians" above, dates below.

The House of Capet or the Direct Capetians, or simply the Capets, ruled the Kingdom of France from 987 to 1328. It was the most senior line of the Capetian dynasty – itself a derivative dynasty from the Robertians. Historians in the 19th century came to apply the name "Capetian" to both the ruling house of France and to the wider-spread male-line descendants of Hugh Capet (c. 939 – 996). The Capets were sometimes called "the third race of kings" (following the Merovingians and the Carolingians). The name "Capet" derives from the nickname (of uncertain meaning) given to Hugh, the first Capetian King, who became known as Hugh Capet.

987 1987


Denomination and date within circle, surrounded by the country name and the national motto of France (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). Engraver's name on the left within a circle.

Monogram of Atelier de Gravure des Monnaies et Médailles (group of designers of the Paris Mint): Rosette (letters "agmm") near the engraver's name

Mint mark: Cornucopia, horn of plenty (Paris Mint - Paris until 1972 or Pessac from 1973)

Privy mark of the Mint's Chief Engravers: Dolphin - Emile Rousseau (1975-1993)


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Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 10 g
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Paris Mint (A)

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