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Medal - Jacques de Vaucanson, France, 1820 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3370

Summary:
Portrait medal of Jacques de Vaucanson (1709-1782) by Gatteaux. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1820.
Statement Of Significance:
French inventor who developed automata, a 'Digesting Duck' is considered his masterpiece, and machines such as the first completely automated loom using punch-card technology
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 38.89 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Portrait
Tertiary Classification: engineering
Series: Portrait Gallery
DateEra: 1820 AD
Obverse Description: Bust facing left; around, JAQUES DE VAUCANSON; below in smaller lettering the artist's name, PINGRET.F
Reverse Description: Legend in eight lines: NE / A GRENOBLE / EN M.DCC.IX. / MORT / EN M.DCC.LXXXII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1820.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1820
Mint: Paris (Mint), France, 1820
Artist: Joseph Pingret, France, 1820
Person Depicted: Jacques de Vaucanson, France, 1820

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