Obverse legend : LA NATION LA LOI // LIBERTE EGALITE.
Obverse description : Femme assise de profil, coiffée d’un bonnet phrygien, accoudée à la table inscrite “DROIT DE L’HOMME, tenant de la main droite un faisceau de licteur.
Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Couronne de chêne.
Louis Napoleon was elected December 10, 1848 as the first President of the Second Republic. He had no right to represent in 1852. Louis Napoleon decided to make a coup planned for December 2, 1851, the anniversary of the coronation of the Eagle and commemoration of the Battle of Austerlitz. The coup is ratified by a plebiscite on December 21 with more than 7.5 million and only 640,000 YES NO. Victor Hugo was exiled on 12 December. The following year, he published "The Little Napoleon" which earned Louis Napoleon became Napoleon III meantime this famous sentence: "Napoleon the Little by Victor the Great".