France, Third Republic, Gold Medal 1878, Paris, PCGS graded, with original box


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France. Third republic, 1871-1940. The Universal Exposition Paris. Gold Medal 1878, signed by J. C. Chaplain, both sides. Gold 84.11 g. (916 fine Gold); 5 0mm.
Obverse: Laureate head of Marianne left // Reverse: Victory and child genius hover above the exhibition, named in plaque: Riviere and Cie.

Very rare in Gold, and with the origianl box of issue. Remarkable condition for a medal of this size and age.
PCGS graded SP 61. PCGS 41923585.


The Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) published in 1879 a comphensive review of the Artists and Artisans to show work in 35 catagories of industrial and fine arts. That number is perhaps indicative of the number of large Gold first place medals struck. This medal design was used only at exposition of 1878. About 2.5 ounces of pure Gold.

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