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Medal - Jean de La Fontaine, France, 1816 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3335

Summary:
Portrait medal of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) by Jacques Edouard Gatteaux. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1816.
Statement Of Significance:
Jean de La Fontaine, French writer of fables who set out to satirize the court, the church, the rising bourgeoisie etc.

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: 35.88 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: Bust facing right; around, JEAN DE LA FONTAINE.; below in smaller lettering the artist's name, E. GATTEAUX.
Reverse Description: Legend in eight lines: NE / EN M.DC.XXI. / A CHATEAU-THIERRY. / MORT / EN M.DC.LXXXXV / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1816.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1816
Mint: Paris (Mint), 1816
Artist: Jacques Gatteaux, France, 1816
Person Depicted: Jean de la Fontaine, France, 1816

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