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10601038
CNG 106, Lot: 1038. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Royal (Restored). temp. Louis XVIII–Charles X. 1815-1830. Lot of seventy-two (72) Æ Medals in contemporary case. Gallerie metallique des grands hommes Français (Medallic Gallery of Famous Frenchmen). Struck 1816-1826. Includes: 1816 issue – Jacques-Bénigne Boussuet, Pierre Corneille, Philippe Néricault Destouches, Jean de la Fontaine, and Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Molière) // 1817 issue – Pierre Abailard, Antoine Arnauld, Fronçois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Denis Diderot, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Pierre Jeannin, Georges Louis Leclerc (Comte de Buffon), François-Eudes de Mézeray, Pierre Mignard, Blaise Pascal, Alexis Piron, Nicolas Poussin, Pierre Puget, Jean Racine, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Charles-Louis de Secondat (Montesquieu) // 1818 issue – Charles le Brun, Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon,Charles Simon Favart, Pierre Gassendi, André Ernest Modest Grétry, Clément Marot, François Regnard, Charles Rollin, Jean Rotrou, and Ennius-Quirinus Visconti // 1819 issue – Jacques Amyot, Pierre Bayle, Bernard le Bouvier de Fontenelle, Jean de la Bruyère, René Descartes, Pierre Jean-Baptiste Gerbier, René du Guay-Trouin, Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, Philibert de l’Orme, Ambroise Paré, Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, and Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne // 1820 issue – François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon and Jacques de Vaucanson // 1821 issue – Henri François d’Aguesseau, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, François Chevert, Jacques Cujas, Charles Duclos, Ponce Denis Écouchard-Le Brun, Lazare Hoche, Louis Mathieu Molé, Alain René le Sage, Olivier de Serres, Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, and Claude Louis Hector de Villars // 1822 issue Gerard Audran, Philippe de Commines, Jean Fernel, Jean-François de la Harpe, André Masséna, Philippe Quinalt, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti (Comte de Mirabeau), and Pierre Terrail // 1823 issue – Louis II de Bourbon-Condé and Nicolas Catinat // 1824 issue – Jean le Rond d’Alembert // 1825 issue – Jean-Dominique Cassini and Guillaume Thomas François Raynal // 1826 issue – Bertrand Duguesclin. All medals 41mm in diameter, with a bust on the obverse and biographical information on the reverse. Near EF–Choice EF, rich brown surfaces and hints of underlying luster. Attractively house in a single volume, containing three 24-count trays. Rare and interesting.