Description

The Mediterranean Games are a multi-sport games held every four years, between nations around or very close to the Mediterranean Sea, where Europe, Africa and Asia meet.

The 12th edition of the Mediterranean Games were held in Languedoc-Roussillon, France from the June 16 to June 27, 1993. Nineteen nations competed in 25 different sporting events.

Obverse

General view of Tower of Constance in Aigues-Mortes at center; country name at top on the ring. Design: Daniel Ponce, Gérard Buquoy (signatures PONCE ٠ BUQUOY below a bridge leading to the tower).

Aigues-Mortes is a French commune in the Gard department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. The medieval city walls surrounding the city are well preserved.

The Tower of Constance was built in 1242 by Saint-Louis on the former site of the Matafère Tower which was built by Charlemagne around 790AD to house the king’s garrison. The construction was completed in 1254. It is 22 metres in diameter with a height of either 33 or 40 metres depending on the source. The thickness of the walls at the base is 6 metres.

On the first floor, there is the knight’s hall. Structurally it is similar to the guardroom. It was in this room that the Protestants were imprisoned during the 18th century, most notably Marie Durand, who engraved the word “résister” (English: resist) into the edge of the well which can be seen to this day. She was imprisoned at the age of 15, and was freed 38 years later, along with political prisoners such as Abraham Mazel, leader of the Camisards.

REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE
PONCE • BUQUOY

Reverse

Above the coin centre in two lines face value: 20 / FRANCS; on both sides laurel branches; below among the waves inscription: JEUX MEDITERRANEENS (Mediterranean Games); along the top edge motto of France: LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE (liberty, equality, fraternity), along the bottom edge year of issue 1993 divided by logo of the Games.

Privy mark of mint's director: Dolphin - Emile Rousseau (1975-1993).

Mint mark: Cornucopia, horn of plenty (Paris Mint).

LIBERTE • EGALITE • FRATERNITE
20
FRANCS
JEUX MEDITERRANEENS
19 93

Edge

5 groups of reeds

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Tri-Metallic
Outer ring Copper Aluminum Nickel
Inner ring Nickel
Center Copper Aluminum Nickel
Weight 9 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.23 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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