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Started by <k>, August 24, 2011, 07:27:48 PM

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France, 5 francs, 1848. Pattern.

Any decent Frenchwoman would surely worry about her chickens being stolen when she was out.

Here is the perfect solution. Or did it just mean she was cuckolding somebody's husband?

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The head with the "little people wreath" (#28) I find ... a little too much. Could be puttos, or maybe the children of France. Allons enfants de la patrie, le jour de la tête est arrivé! ;)

As for the next one (#29), that kind of nose I would have expected on an Italian coin, hehe. But it is OK here. What is not OK in my opinion is the over-symbolism: the French rooster, the (wheat?) ears, the (masonic?) earring ... and even the necklace has a lion's head, broken chains, and two mini shaking hands. Whew.

In that regard, the design in #30 is better: not that burdened with symbols. Marianne's helmet is well decorated, and the rooster's tail "flows" almost as nicely as her hair. :)