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Medal - Poquelin de Moliere, France, 1816 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3322

Summary:
Portrait medal of Jean-Baptist Poquelin known as Moliere (1622-1673). One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1816.
Statement Of Significance:
Jean-Baptist Poquelin de Moliere was a French playwright and comic actor. He is best known by his stage name Moliere. The year after this medal was produced his body was transferred to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris after originally being buried at night in a part of a cemetary reserved for unbaptised children (actors were not permitted to be buried in sacred ground but the King gave him a special dispensation).

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: 34.42 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Portrait
Tertiary Classification: literature
Series: Portrait Gallery
DateEra: 1816 AD
Obverse Description: Head facing left; around, POQUELIN DE MOLIERE; below in smaller lettering the artist's name, GAYRARD F.
Reverse Description: Legend in eight lines: NE / A PARIS / EN M.DC.XX. / MORT / EN M.DC.LXXIII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1816.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1816
Mint: Paris (Mint), 1816
Artist: Ramond Gayrard, France, 1816
Person Depicted: Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, France, 1816

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