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Coin, medal and banknote auction - 1 February 2017 (realised prices)
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This auction took place on 1 February 2017. Estimates and realised prices are shown below for information only.
Sale 39 - World Historical Medals
Lot Thumbnail Description of lot Estimate Realised
France - 1801 (Year IX) Napoleon, First Consul, The Peace of Luneville, copper medal by B. Andrieu, uniformed bust of Napoleon right, reverse Peace standing with olive branch & cornucopia, PAIX DE LUNEVILLE, 42mm (Bramsen 107; Julius 904). VF. £45 to 65 £48.00
France - 1840 Napoleon, Death on St. Helena & Memorial, copper medal by A. Bovy, bust left, NAPOLEON EMPEREUR, reverse his grave on the island, legend around, 41mm (Bramsen 1990; Julius 4009). VF. £40 to 60 £40.00
France - 1846 Eugène Sue, Jewish author, bronze medal by E. Rogat, bust left, reverse statues around the Panthéon, 50mm. VF. Sue (1804-57) author of Le Juif Errant (The Wandering Jew) & Les Mystères de Paris, this latter one of the first serial novels published in France. £35 to 50 N/S
France - 1855 Napoleon II, Exposition Universelle, copper medal by A. Barre, bust right, reverse armorial devices & border of shields, un-named in cartouche, 50mm, in case of issue, the lid atamped in gilt, 'EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE 1855 - MÉDAILLE DE 2ME CLASSE.' Virtually mint state. £40 to 60 £52.00
France - 1878 Universal International Exposition, Paris, a heavy silver award medal, by J. C. Chaplain awarded to the 'Compagnie de Komrani,' laureatte head of Marianne left, reverse winged Victory over exhibition grounds, cherub with name-tablet, 68mm, in fitted case. Good VF, but at one time cleaned. The cataloguers are unable to establish anything about the 'Compagnie de Komrani,' but they probably exhibited produce from the villages in the area around Komrani [Komorani] in present day Bosnia & Herzegovina. £65 to 80 £130.00
France - Henri Giffard's Balloon Ascent over Paris 1878, a gilt-bronze medal by C. Trofin, balloon over a view of Paris, rev. SOUVENIR etc. in 6 lines 51mm, EF with clip, ring, marginal ribbon & bar suspension. Very attractive. £80 to 100 N/S
France - 1912 City of Paris, International Music Festival, bronze plaquette by J. P. Legastelois, an allegorical figure stands before a mass of musicians, a Fame with lyre flies above, reverse Hôtel de Ville de Paris, below naked River Goddess of the Seine with two cherubs, 75 x 53mm (slightly arched top), in modern case. VF & decorative. The two day festival attracted 460 musical societies and ended with a grand fête in the gardens of the Tuileries. £45 to 65 £45.00
India - (now Pakistan), c1900 Government College, Lahore, founded 1864, a pair of un-named struck silver award medals, 39mm; Forman Christian College, also founded 1864, engraved bronze medal for the Half-Mile, 38mm, all with armorial device, suspension loops & rings. Better than VF. (3) £45 to 60 £45.00
Spain - 1966 The City of Madrid, large silvered-bronze medal by the Madrid Mint, buildings of the city in high relief, with shield of City Arms, a bear & strawberry tree, reverse within spokes of a wheel, six heads of Kings of Spain named 'BRAVO MURILLO; CARLOS III; FELIPE IV; FELIPE II; ALFONSO XI; ALFONSO VI, 80mm, in splendid velvet-lined green leather fitted case of issue; Vatican (2005) Benedict XVI (2005-13), Ratzinger 'gilt' bronze tribute medal by Amalia Mistichelli, bust left, reverse Papal Arms, 60mm, in case of issue. Both Mint state. (2) In 1984, the Mayor of Madrid presented an example of the first in silver to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. £50 to 70 N/S
USA - 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, large bronze medal by Augustus Saint Gaudens & (reverse) Charles Barber, full length figure of Columbus stepping ashore in the New World, reverse central tablet, torch to either side, with six line commemorative legend, globe above flanked by two semi-nude females and, below, a part-view of a sailing ship, named 'DUNKELD ESTATE,' 76mm, in fitted leather case. Nearly EF. The medal gives no indication as to what the Dunkeld Estate was exhibiting. The original estate is in Perthshire, home to the Dukes of Atholl and famous for its wide range of trees, the first planted by the 7thDuke. A second Dunkeld Estate is situated on the banks of the Castlereagh reservoir in Sri Lanka and comprises some 220 hectares of high grown Ceylon tea. It is quite possible that the medal could relate to this estate. £50 to 70 £70.00
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