Heroine of France

18 Apr 2020  Sat

Joan of Arc also known as "The Maid of Orleans" is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War. There are few historical figures in Europe more prominent than Joan of Arc. The 2016 France Joan of Arc 10 Euro silver Proof coin pays homage to the female military leader who rattled English intruders in France and paid the ultimate price for it. It is the third issue in the multi-year Women of France coin series, which each year honors three important women in French culture and history. The Proof coin, minted by Monnaie de Paris.

The obverse of the coin depicts a left-facing profile of the young heroine in her battle helmet. On the reverse, an armored Joan of Arc is seen mounted on her horse during the siege of Orleans in 1428. She and her horse, its front left leg raised in the air, face left and are surrounded by various inscriptions.

She was beatified on 18th April 1909 and canonized in 1920.

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