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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.
Eugénie Bernardine Désirée Clary (1777–1860), in Swedish officially Eugenia Bernhardina Desideria, was Queen of Sweden and Norway as the consort of King Charles XIV John (a former French General and founder of the House of Bernadotte), mother of Oscar I, and one-time fiancée of Napoleon Bonaparte. She officially changed her name there to Desideria, which she did not use herself.
Depicts Désirée Clary’s portrait surrounded by her dates and name. This artwork referers to Robert Lefevre’s painting "Portrait of Désirée Clary" (1807). In the background, there is a tapestry made of D monogram relating to Désirée Clary.
Depicts Désirée Clary’s husband, the King Charles XIV Jean on horseback in front of the Sweden coat of arms. Its composition, inspired by Charles VIII of Sweden, was created during the fifth decade of XVth century. Value and date below.
CORONNEMENT DE CHARLES XIV 1818