Starting in 2012, the Monnaie de Paris introduced a five-year coin program called, “Les Grands Navires Français”. The program celebrates French maritime history and consists of coins honoring French military and civilian vessels, released at a pace of three per year. For the third issue of 2015, the Mint honors the French ocean liner La Gironde. This La Gironde coin carries a face value of 50 euros.
This five-ounce silver commemorative coin is the third release from the year 2015 and is the 12th coin in the series. Collectors can also order this design as a one-ounce silver 10-euro coin or as a 1/4-ounce gold 50-euro coin.
Obverse: The ocean liner, Gironde, seen from her starboard side. To the rear, at above the figure of the ship, is a profile view of the bow. The ship’s name, “GIRONDE”, is inscribed in stylized typography. Inside the “O” is plan of the city of la Plata. Inside the “D” is a graphical representation of the Gironde estuary. Beneath GIRONDE are the letters RI.
Reverse: The coin’s reverse features a design that is found on other coins in the series; specifically, coins that depict French ocean liners. In the coin’s center is the inscription LES GRANS NAVIRES FRANÇAIS. Above,to the left center, are two smoking funnels. The denomination 50 EURO appears to the top right. The coin’s lower area depicts a stylized head-on view of a ship, with portholes to the right and left of center. In the exergue is the date 2015.
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