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Medal - Jean Fernel, France, 1822 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3297

Summary:
Portrait medal of Jean François Fernel (1497-1558) by Alexis Depaulis. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1822.
Statement Of Significance:
Jean François Fernel (in Latin, Fernelius) was a French physician who introduced the term "physiology" to describe the study of the body's function. At first he devoted himself to mathematical and astronomical studies; but later worked entirely in medicine. He became physician to the court. The lunar crater Fernelius is named after him.

Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1816, by leading medallists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 37.70 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Portrait
Tertiary Classification: medicine & health
Series: Portrait Gallery
DateEra: 1822 AD
Obverse Description: Capped and draped bust facing left; around, JEAN FERNEL; below in small lettering the artist's name, DEPAULIS. F.
Reverse Description: Legend in nine lines: NE / A CLERMONT / PRES BEAUVAIS / EN M.CCCC.XCVII. / MORT / EN M.D.LVIII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1822.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1822
Mint: Paris (Mint), France, 1822
Artist: Alexis Depaulis, France, 1822
Person Depicted: Jean Fernel, France, 1822

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