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Medal - François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), France, 1817 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3346

Summary:
Portrait medal of François-Marie Arouet, better known by his pen name Voltaire (1694-1778) by Francois Caunois. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1817.
Statement Of Significance:
Voltaire was a French writer, historian and philosopher who wrote more than 2000 books and pamphlets. The pen name Voltaire was an anagram of the Latin form surname (Arovet Li).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 37.32 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: 1817 AD
Obverse Description: Bust facing right; around, AROUET DE VOLTAIRE; on truncation in smaller lettering the artist's name, CAUNOIS F.
Reverse Description: Legend in eight lines: NE / A CHATENAY / PRES PARIS / EN M.DC.XCIV. / MORT / EN M.DC.LXXVIII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1817.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1817
Mint: Paris (Mint), France, 1817
Artist: Francois Caunois, France, 1817
Person Depicted: Voltaire, France, 1817
References: Pearson, Roger. Voltaire Almighty. Bloomsbury, 2005?
Mitford, Nancy. Voltaire in Love.
Davidson, Ian. Voltaire in Exile.

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