France, Second Empire, Napoleon III, 1852-1870, Gold Medal 1867, Exposition Universelle de Paris, PCGS graded


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France. Second Empire. Napoleon III, Emperor 1852-1870. Large Gold Medal of 22 Dukats, 72.24 g.; 50 mm. Exposition Universelle de Paris 1867. By H. Ponscarme. Awarded to R & J Beck.

A highly appealing award medal from the 1867 Universal Exposition in Paris, of which only a small number of examples in gold have appeared on auction in recent decades.

PCGS graded SP 63

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Grade SP 63
Certificate Number 42163263
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Richard and Joseph Beck formed an optical manufacturing company in Britain in 1843, funded by their uncle, physicist JJ lister who invented the compound lense. Originally named "Smith and Beck," and later renamed "R & J Beck" circa 1867. Based in London, they produced a wide array of the finest optical products, including microscopes, telescopes, and camera lenses.

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