The Czech Mint’s ‘Double-ounce’ range of gold coins gets a new addition to its ranks with the launch of Napoleon and Marie Louise. Traditionally featuring historical couples, the remit has been quite broad with previous issues, including a pair of royal brothers, and a pair of alchemists, but this is the second time, following 2017’s Maria Theresa and Joseph II, that the pairing has been a romantic one.
Everyone knows the tale of Napoleon and Josephine, but fewer know the pairing was ultimately unsuccessful. Desiring an heir, for by this time Napoleon was acting just like the monarchy he had destroyed, he divorced her and after compiling a list of eligible princesses, married Marie Louise of Austria. She gave him a son, but Napoleon was defeated and exiled, ending his short-lived dynasty.
It’s good to see a lesser known event around one of the great figures of history given some numismatic exposure. The design by Miroslav Hric, well known for his excellent work for the Art Mint and the Czech Mint, is of a formal style, tipping its hat to the classic designs of the 19th century. Depicting the man that brought chaos to Europe, I believe at his wedding to Marie Louise, both their hands on the crown, it’s the sort of design that would play a role in the historical record of the time, rather than one that carries fantastical interpretations of the event. It fits in nicely with the other issues in the series, despite each having a different artist.
The obverse is a nice mix of period elements and the required effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and contains all of the issue details. A neat leather box and a certificate of authenticity round out the presentation. The mintage is set at 200 pieces and the coin sells currently for just shy of €4,000 which is higher than previous issues, but solely down to the big jump in the gold spot price. Available to order now with shipping in 10 days.