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Antique Napoleonic French Revolution Medal, 18th c.
Authentic Antique Pre Napoleonic 1792 French MEDAILLE DE CONFIANCE, soldiers swearing allegiance to France, who holds a copy of the Constitution.
Front - VIVRE LIBRES OU MOURIR, above the flags PACTE FEDERATIF, below 14 JUILLET 1790.
Reverse - MEDAILLE DE CONFIANCE DE CINQ-SOLS REMBOURSABLE EN ASSIGNATS DE 50tt.A ET AU DESSUS. L'AN IV. DE LA LIBERTÉ, MONNERON FRERES NEGOCIANT A PARIS 1792.
Edge Marked: DEPARTEMENS DE PARIS. RHONE ET LOIRE. DU GARD. Tremendous detail of this token. As the fleur-de-lys on the shield, the portrait of Louis XVI, the image of France as a helmeted young woman, the Constitution of the French, the swearing soldiers. All this, plus the date of July 14, 1790 clearly identify this as prior to the King's execution. Also, the date 1792 on the reverse would also tend to date it to this period. Another wonderful design by Dupré. The date l'An IV de la Liberté refers to the French Constitutional Calendar and therefore translates as 1792. The scene on the obverse recalls the Oath of the Federation, the first anniversary of which was celebrated by the Festival of the Federation on 14 July 1790 (hence that date in the exergue). The Festival, which included a mass held by the great French statesman Talleyrand (1754-1838), then the Bishop of Autun, also commemorated the taking of the Bastille and the bond which united the nation with the king and the people.
CONDITION: in good condition
MEASUREMENTS: 4cm in diameter.

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