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Medal - Jean Sylvain Bailly, France, 1821 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3331

Portrait medal of Jean Sylvain Bailly (1736-1793) by Jean Montagny. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1821.
Statement Of Significance:
French astronomer, mathematician. Correctly calculated the appearance of Halley's Comet for 1759. The lunar crater Bailly was named in his honour. First mayor of Paris 15 July 1789 (the day after the stroming of the Bastille) until 16 Nov. 1791
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 37.83 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: french revolution
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Portrait
Tertiary Classification: astronomy
Series: Portrait Gallery
DateEra: 1821 AD
Obverse Description: Draped bust facing right; around, J. SYLVAIN BAILLY.; belown in smaller lettering the artist's name, MONTAGNY F.
Reverse Description: Legend in eight lines: NE / A PARIS / EN M.DCC.XXXVI. / MORT / EN M.DCC.XCIII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1821.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1821
Mint: Paris (Mint), France, 1821
Artist: Jean Montagny, France, 1821
Person Depicted: Jean Bailly, France, 1821

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