Always remember the author of "Les Misérables" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with this handsome 5 franc note honoring the celebrated French writer, Victor Hugo.
- Issued for one year only in 1959
- Front features the symmetrical Place des Vosges, the first planned square of 17th century townhouses where Hugo died in 1885
- The back depicts the neo-classical Panthéon where Hugo is interred along with other distinguished French citizens
- Under the original title "Notre-Dame de Paris," Hugo drew attention both to the famed Gothic cathedral's neglect and the discrimination faced by the Parisian lower class, characterized by Quasimodo, a hunchback, and Esmeralda, a Gypsy girl
- While in exile in 1862, Hugo finished writing "Les Miserables," a searing look at the plight of the poor
- Trained as a lawyer, he also achieved success as a poet, playwright and legislator
- The word 'nouveau' refers to the then-new value of French currency that occurred in 1960 after decades of devaluation
- Year: 1959
- Product Type: Single Products
- Material: Paper
- Countries: France
Beautiful addition to a world currency collection or as a gift to the Francophile in your life!