You may not know who Louis Oscar Roty is, but you’re likely to recognize the most famous design created by this talented French medalist. Roty was the designer behind La Semeuse —The Sower, a design that was used in France on several coins, including the silver 1- and 2-Franc coins struck from 1897 to 1920.
Similar French and American Versions of Lady Liberty
Look familiar? It depicts Marianne, the French allegorical figure of Lady Liberty, sowing seeds before a background of beaming sunrays. By the time this design was retired, a similar design had popped up in America — Adolph A. Weinman’s famous Walking Liberty design that appeared on America’s Silver Half Dollars issued from 1916 to 1947. Some experts believe that Roty’s design served as Weinman’s inspiration.
Whatever the truth, you can compare and contrast the two designs with this three-coin set containing French 1-Franc and 2-Franc coins and a U.S. Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Dates vary and coins come in Fine to Very Fine (F–VF) condition.
THE WALKING LIBERTY AND ITS INSPIRATION – Designed by Oscar Roty, “The Sower” appeared on the 50 Centime and 1-, 2- & 5-Franc coins through n1920. It’s believed that it served as the inspiration for Adolph A. Weinman’s famous design for America’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
STRUCK IN FINE SILVER – These 1- and 2-Franc coins were struck in 5 and 10 grams of 83.5% silver, and the U.S. Half Dollar was struck in 12.5 grams of 90% fine silver.
LEGAL-TENDER COINS – Each coin in this set is legal tender with denominations of 1-Franc and 2-Francs for the French coins and 50 cents for the American coin.
NICE COLLECTOR-GRADE CONDITION – The coins in your 1898–1947 France/USA Francs & Walking Liberty Three-Piece Set will come in Fine to Very Fine (F–VF) condition.
Were these French coins the inspiration for America’s iconic Walking Liberty? You be the judge. Order your 1898–1947 France/USA Francs & Walking Liberty Three-Piece Set now!
The Monnaie de Paris, or the Mint of Paris, which is France’s official national mint, is the world’s oldest continuously operated minting facility.
The Paris Mint: 1156 years of
The mint was founded by Charles the Bald, one of Charlemagne's successors, who decreed with the Edict of Pistres in 864, creating a coining workshop attached to the French crown. This decree made the facility…