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Every year, this series honours three important women in French history. For this third year, it enters the 19th century with a French empress, a queen of Sweden and a woman of letters. These coins feature a “free strike” that highlights backgrounds inspired by rich textile motifs from that era.
Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin (1804–1876), best known by her nom de plume George Sand, was a French novelist and memoirist.
George Sand counts among the most influential writers of her time. Strong advocate for women rights, she was committed to the revolution of 1848. Moreover, George Sand scandalizes due to her hectic love life, her masculine dress code and her masculine pseudonym. She was an active contributor to intellectual life of the society at this time. She was very close to influential artists such as, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo and particularly Frederic Chopin with whom she had a seven years relationship.
Depicts a portrait of George Sand wearing a masculine outfit and top hat. All of that surrounded by her dates and name. In the background, there is a tapestry coming from the Nohant Castle, the writer’s house, acquired by her paternal grandmother. To either side of her portrait are the parts of her name, GEORGE and SAND. Below her truncation are the years of her birth and death, 1804-1876.
Depicts George Sand and Frédéric Chopin during the time they were in a relationship together inspired by Delacroix’ painting. The background contains a music score composed by Chopin during the same time.
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN . GEORGE SAND 1838