Posted 4 years ago
This large 51 mm (2 inch) BRONZE Medal was issued by "Les Administration Des Monnaies/Et Medailles" to commemorate the 1878 Exposition Universelle that was held from the 1rst of May to October 31 in PARIS. The Art Work involved in the depiction of MARIANNE, the prominent Symbol of the French Republic and the Allegory of Liberty & Reason, on the obverse of the medal is Superb!! Now you know where the Statue of Liberty gets its' good looks!! The Artist is Eugene-Andre OUDINE (1810-1887) and the medalist was Alphee Dubois (1831-1905)
The 1878 Exposition Universelle was the 3rd Exposition Universelle held in Paris and showcased the industrial revolution and many Budding Glass Artists of the time. The Reverse of the medal depicts the Palais Du Trocadero in Paris where the exposition was held.
Although this medal is not a Rare item, most of the great Museums in the world have a copy, this one is in Excellent (BU) condition and is my favorite. They do occasionally come up for sale on eBay but make sure if you buy one that there is a small BEE on the rim along with the word BRONZE.