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Medal - Claude Louis Hector de Villars, France, 1821 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3371

Summary:
Portrait medal of Claude Louis Hector de Villars, Prince de Martigues, Marquis then Duc de Villars, Vicomte de Melun (1653-1734) by Caque. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1821.
Statement Of Significance:
General under Louis XIV one of six Marshal Generals of France
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 37.45 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Portrait
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Portrait Gallery
DateEra: 1821 AD
Obverse Description: Bust facing right; around, L. HECTOR DE VILLARS; below in smaller lettering the artist's name, CAQUE F
Reverse Description: Legend in eight lines: NE / A MOULINS / EN M.DC.LIII. / MORT / EN M.DCC.XXXIV. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1821.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1821
Mint: Paris (Mint), France, 1821
Artist: Armand Caque, France, 1821
Person Depicted: Duke Claude Louis de Villars, France, 1821

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Jonathan Posted on 06 Feb 2014 9:22 AM
During a major renovation of our building located in the French quarter we found a dozen plaster or clay versions of this coin and many others. Only the front side of the coin is on the mold. The back is blank. They are white and very brittle. Can you perhaps tell me what they are and why we may have found them under the floor boards (we found newspapers on top of them dating back to Sept 1830 so these have to be at least that old) Thank you in advance for your help.

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