I’m desperately racking my brains for something interesting to say. The fact that I have moved on from the coins of 19th Century Spain to the coins of 19th Century France may not be the subject I need. It was an interesting time – they restored the monarchy, then had a revolution and moved on to a new King. Then they had a revolution and tried a republic again, because that had worked out well last time they tried it, and the president, who was also a Bonaparte, seized power, declared himself Emperor, then lost power after a war with the Germans – the first of a three match series that would eventually lay waste to most of Europe.
Louis Philippe, who was King from 1830-48 has the profile of a rugby player, specifically one from the second row, and Louis Napoleon has an excellent beard so, despite a number of deficiencies in governance, they did at least look like they were destined to rule. Unlike the rather underwhelming Spanish monarchs.
I have cured the colour problem for now – the camera is now set for tungsten bulbs and despite us using fluorescent tubes. This gives a blue cast which is what you need for silver.
There is a version of the coin with Emperor title and no wreath, but I thought enough was enough. The penultimate coin has a fine portrait on it, and was minted in 1849-51. It is Ceres, according to the books, which makes sense as she has lots of grain in the design. Why Ceres and not Marianne, I don’t know. They decided to do away with that and stick a group of nondescript figures on it, a design that demonstrates that change is not the same as improvement. I only include the final coin to demonstrate the slide to mediocrity, as the republican head represents the peak of the design for me.
Fascinating info, but less dissing of the second row, please
No dissing intended – just a quick way of describing a man with a forcibly flattened face. 🙂
🙂 Of course
🙂 If I can find a picture of Number two Son in profile you will see what I mean.
🙂 It is only slight cauliflower ears I got – if you don’t count two broken fingers and a permanently dodgy shoulder
The triumph of mediocrity. Sigh.
🙂 We must fight against it Laurie!
A daily battle that is sometimes lost. 🙁
Courage, mon ami! Aux barricades!
Everyday is a school day. I had no idea about this.
Wedid it at school – along with some Germany and Italy, but no Switzerland! 🙂
I always learn something here, whether it be coins, camera settings or history. 🙂
And in return you taught me about worms. 🙂
Always a pleasure! 🙂