France, First Empire, Napoleon I, 1804-1814, Gold Medal 1808, Paris, Salon d'exposition Paris, NGC graded


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France. First Empire. Napoléon Ier, 1804-1814. Gold Medal 1808, Paris. Salon d’éxposition de Paris. Gold 65.07 g. By Andrieu, Denon as mintmaster.

Of the very few surviving Gold Awards during the reign of Napoleon. This is the only one that has received a numerical grade by the NGC or PCGS.  

As such, of the highest rarity. And of great historical interest. NGC graded MS 61 Top Pop

Graded NGC Yes
Grade MS 61
Certificate Number 2891377-001
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Provenance Details

Ex F. J. Kinson VMF Collection.


The Salon of Paris was the official art exhibition of the French Academy of Fine Arts, and as such its influence in the world of painting - and fine arts in general - was enormous.  In 1808 some of the artists in competition were Ingres, David, Poussin, Rubens, Delacroix. 

The Gold Medal was won by Flemish Painter Francois Joseph Kinson for his portraits of the Imperial Family. His paintings of the important figures of the Napoleonic era still hang in all the great museums of the world.

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