The Trésorerie Générale des Finances du Gouvernement Princier de Monaco has unveiled (5th June) the theme and design of their 2019-dated €2 commemorative coin which will be in tribute to the 200th anniversary of the accession of Sovereign Prince Honore V (1778–1841).
The-then Prince Héréditaire Honore became Monaco’s head of state on the 16th February 1819, upon the death of his father Prince Honoré IV of Monaco. One of the more complex princely figures of the small Mediterranean Principality, Honore V is remembered for his efforts to expand Monegasque industry and initiate citrus farm cooperatives in order put people to work, generate production, and alleviate poverty. This was attempted after the remnants of war in France which saw the unseating of Emperor Napoleon, who had absorbed Monaco into France. With Napoleon’s departure and the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy in 1814, Monaco’s sovereignty was also restored, and it was during these complex circumstances that Honore V began his reign, which would also see his small state become a protectorate of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
In terms of Monaco’s numismatic history during the reign of Prince Honore V, the principality saw new circulation coins in the same denomination as those in France that included 10 and five copper centime pieces and a new five-franc silver coin. These were the first coins to be issued in more than 100 years. Prince Honoré V died on the 2nd October 1841 at the age of 63, and since he never married, he was succeeded on the throne of Monaco by the younger brother who became Florestan, sovereign prince of Monaco.
The national or obverse side of the coins features a portrait of Prince Honore V, which is based on a well-known oil painting believed to have been created circa 1830. The commemorative inscription reads HONORE V and MONACO and is placed on either side of the prince’s portrait. Below, the additional dates of commemoration and year of issue 1819 – Avenement – 2019 are seen under the effigy of the prince. The overall design is surrounded by a circle of 12 stars representing the European Union and the single currency. The reverse design is that of a standard €2 coin, found throughout all countries of the euro-zone. The face value €2 appears in front of a map of Europe.
The coin is planned with a mintage of 15,000 and is produced in Proof quality. The treasury expects to issue the coin in November 2019. For additional information about this coin and others issued by the Monegasque Treasury, please visit the website of the Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies de Monaco.