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1959 France 5 Nouveaux Francs Note



About Uncirculated 50 (SKU: FRP141.50)
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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

    Beautiful addition to a world currency collection or as a gift to the Francophile in your life!

    • Year: 1959
    • Product Type: Single Products
    • Material: Paper
    • Countries: France
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