Better late than never, as they say, here’s our roundup of coins commemorating the bicentenary this week of the death of pint-sized Gallic terror, Napoleon Bonaparte. An icon in France and one of the most famous figures in history, Napoleon changed the face of Europe, and especially of his adopted homeland.
He left behind an expansive legacy of which much was positive, but ultimately, he was an arrogant man, always chasing power, and full of psychological complexes. He worked hard to excel, but worked equally hard to enrich himself, starting with the wholesale stripping of Italian art and treasure during his 1796 campaign. He was a talented military tactician, but his personailty was not one ideally suited to leadership of a world power. His impact was phenomenal, however.
The coin world has stepped up with some really cool precious metal designs, which we’ve laid out below, along with a lightweight timeline of the little lunatics life. It’s an eclectic selection, encompassing shaped designs, coloured coins and a large range of sizes in both gold and silver. We’ll republish this as a Thematic Guide next week, so it can be kept up to date with new issues as and when they come out.