Origin: These 1 sol coins of the French King Louis XVI were produced during the bloody French Revolution (1789 - 1799). They were among the final coins minted that bore the image of the king, before he was ultimately guillotined in 1793.
Louis XVI was a classic example of a king out of touch with his people. Faced with a mounting national debt spurred by the cost of wars like the American Revolution, Louis made the problem worse by refusing to raise taxes on the nobility, taking out even more loans, and eventually letting France slip into economic catastrophe.
But while his subjects starved outside the royal palace, Louis and his queen Marie Antoinette continued to enjoy a life of luxury. Tensions finally boiled over when the French people revolted in 1789, marking the beginning of a 10 year revolution that would see over 16,600 people executed. Ultimately, neither the king nor queen would escape the wrath of their subjects—both were imprisoned and guillotined in 1793.
These copper coins feature a bust of King Louis XVI on the obverse and either an oak crown and column or the royal coat of arms on the reverse. Their denomination is 2 sols. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is guaranteed genuine.
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The storming of the Bastille, an event that would grow to define the French Revolution.
Your order will include:
- One French 1 sol copper coin of Louis XVI (dated 1791 - 1793)
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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