I have discovered a wonderful collection of coins published in various editions of “Mercure Galant”. So I will share it with you, as besides a numismatic & historical value, they are true gems of art. These coins come from 1685 & they depict the most important events happened in France of that time, sometimes in an allegoric way. The curious thing is that the coin role in the past was indeed informative: it allowed anyone to learn what happened in the country even without reading any newspaper. We would call these messages a sort of an ancient “Instagram”.
Vive le Roy! 🙂
Source: The image belongs to the National French Library (BNF). The purpose of its posting is educative.