The viral #Blockout2024 trend, also known as the #digitine (portmanteau of digital guillotine) trend, is largely inspired by the French Revolution. Sparked by the recent Met Gala and an influencer who cosplayed Marie Antoinette, this trend calls for a mass unfollowing of celebrities and influencers who are not only misusing their social power and influence but are also grossly displaying their wealth and privilege (to a point of perceived indifference and ignorance) in a time where there is a cost-of-living crisis, global issues, and inflation.

The Storming of the Bastille, 14 July 1789 | Source: Wikipedia

The French Revolution continues to inspire and parallel many events to this day. It inspired the revolutions in Latin America and other colonies during the 19th century. And it continues to inspire many of the boycotts, rallies, and calls to action that is currently happening around the world. Here are some coins that highlight the French Revolution.

Execution of Louis XVI | Source: Wikipedia

The 1/2 penny coin from Midlesex-Skidmore shows the guillotine and the busts of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

UK ½ Penny | 1795 | Execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France | Source: Numista

The guillotine is an important symbol of the French Revolution. It is where nobility and the monarchy fell, and it also remains as a reminder of the bloody revolution and its aftermath.

Execution de Marie Antoinette | Source: Wikipedia

The 100 Cuban peso coin from 1989 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. It illustrates the storming of Bastille with the motto of the French Revolution.

Cuba 100 Pesos | 1989 | 200th Anniversary of French Revolution | Source: Numista

The Storming of Bastille is the flashpoint of the Revolution. It is when the revolutionaries stormed Bastille, a fortress that symbolized royal authority in the center of Paris.

EU France 10 Euros | 2007 | Source: Numista

The 10 Euro coin from France was issued in 2007 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Marquis de La Fayette. It features the portrait of La Fayette and the ship Hermione where La Fayette sailed on to join the American Revolution. Due to his contributions in both the French and American revolutions, Marquis de La Fayette, also known as La Fayette in America, is celebrated as a hero in both countries.

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