MOLIERE - 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH, 50 € GOLD COIN, PROOF QUALITY, YEARDATE 2022. In 2022, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth, Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, the greatest actor and playwright of French theatre. On the obverse of this coin, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, is shown in profile, The most famous French playwright is depicted in a theatre setting: his hair merges with the stage curtain and theatre boards are visible. Two of his most iconic characters from his plays are also present: the Bourgeois Gentilhomme and the Avare, whose "precious" is an allegory of the Comédie Française Theatre, also represented in the background. Also known as the House of Molière', Comédie Française is the theatre where he performed his last play: Le Malade Imaginaire. His name and dates are shown on the outline of the coin with a sun, symbolising the protection afforded to him by Louis XIV.
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