Gold Of Power

Quart de statère des Parisii, classe VI. © Stéphane Piera / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet | Albert-Désiré Barré.Pièce de 100 francs en or de Napoléon III © Julien Vidal / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

The Numismatic Path Of The History Of Paris

Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame

From May 26

This exhibition will present a selection of gold currency illustrating historical figures who transformed the destiny of the city of their time, related to the archaeological vestiges found in the Crypt. The Parisii, founders of the Gallic city, Julius Caesar, victorious at the battle of Lutetia, the Emperor Julian who took power in the Île de la Cité, Philippe IV le Bel and Charles V who transformed the medieval city, up to Napoleon III who initiated today’s capital: each of these powerful people left their effigy and their symbol engraved in metal. These gold coins are combined with less prestigious coins of silver and bronze, as well as other objects from archaeological digs, which are part of Parisian history. The exhibition provides keys to understanding numismatics: information on the metal, weight, iconography, and the way in which the designs or inscriptions reveal the economic model and the political situation of a specific historical episode.



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Full price : 8 € - Reduced rate : 6 €