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“Siege de la Bastille” (Storming of Bastille)
Paris, France, 1969, after Jean-Bertrand Andrieu (1761-1822)
Enlarged medal in cast bronze
Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France

The French Revolution of 1789 was a turning point in European history. Existing political systems were undermined as the ideals of ‘freedom, equality and fraternity’ swept across the continent. The French revolutionaries’ attack on the Bastille prison in Paris on 14 July 1789 has become a famous symbol of resistance to corrupt rule and aristocratic privilege.