• 10 Francs 1985, KM# 956, France, 100th Anniversary of Death of Victor Hugo
  • 10 Francs 1985, KM# 956, France, 100th Anniversary of Death of Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (1802–1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry and then from his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages) stand high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He produced more than 4,000 drawings, and also earned respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

Engraver: Claude Lesot


Depicts a portrait of the writer, dates and name on the left, a laurel branch on the right. Engraver's name below.



Denomination above armed figures, a scene from the novel "Les Miserables" in the centre, next to a manuscript, a quill and a mask, below the signature of Victor Hugo, country name divided by date.

Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.

Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of France, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. Les Misérables has been popularized through numerous adaptations for film, television and the stage, including a musical.

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)

Victor Hugo


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

The national motto of France (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity)


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

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