• 10 Francs 1983, KM# 952, France, 200th Anniversary of the Montgolfier Balloon
  • 10 Francs 1983, KM# 952, France, 200th Anniversary of the Montgolfier Balloon
Description

Engraver: Daniel Ponce

There are two varieties:
Type A: obverse face up when reading the edge
Type B: reverse face up when reading the edge

Obverse

A hot air balloon is a lighter than air aircraft consisting of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame.

The hot air balloon is the first successful human-carrying flight technology. The first untethered manned hot air balloon flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, in a balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) were the inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique.

CONQVÊTE DE L'ESPACE
D.PONCE 1783

Reverse

Denomination and date below balloon basket

RÉPVBLIQVE FRANÇAISE
10
FRANCS
1983

Edge

LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE

10 Francs

200th Anniversary of the Montgolfier Balloon

KM# 952
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 10 g
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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