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  • Description

    Cast lead medal with a loop for suspension.(obverse) Bust of Marcel Bozon, left.
    (reverse) Galley sailing toward a lighthouse.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1602
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 45 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        (branch)MARCELLVS BOZON C • LVGD • 1602
      • Inscription Translation

        Marcel Bozon, citizen of Lyon.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        He sweated and shivered.
  • Curator's comments

    Jones 1
    Other examples:
    (a) Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75084 Paris, France, Sér. Icon. Fr. 175, cast bronze, pierced, 45.5 mm.

    The legend is a quotation from Horace, 'Ars Poetica', 413.

    1. TN Méd. Fr. I pl. 52 no. 4.
    2. N. Rondot: 'Lalyame, Hendricy and Mimerel' p. 17.
    3. Mazerolle II, 730.


  • Bibliography

    • Jones 1982 p210.207 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Presented by G. F. Hill, from the sale of the Wagner Coll., Christie's 22.1.1925, lot 60.

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MF1p210.207

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