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Eiffel Tower souvenir

French
1889
Artist Charles Trotin (French, born in 1833)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 42 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.218

Medium or Technique

Metal; gilt copper

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal commemorating visit to the Eiffel Tower, Paris.

Obverse: Series of world constructions with Eiffel Tower at center and tallest; inscribed at proper right “LES TRAVAUX/ONT COMMENCE/LE 27 JANV. 1887”, at proper left “LE MONUMENT/A ETE INAUGURE/LE 6 MAI 1889” and “C.TROTIN”, and in exergue “INVALIDES 105:NOT.DAME 66.COLOGNE 169:OPERA 58/G PYRAMID 146.PANTHEON 83.S.PIERRE 132/ARC DE TRIOMPHE 45.ROUEN 150/OBELISQUE WASHINGTON 169/TOUR EIFFEL 300”.

Reverse: Inscribed above “CUIVRE” and at center “SOUVENIR/DE MON ASCENSION/AU SOMMET DE/LA TOUR EIFFEL/[“Adam Bohdanou” etched into rectangular plate]/1889/USINE METALLURGIQUE PARISENNE”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at proper right "LES TRAVAUX/ONT COMMENCE/LE 27 JANV. 1887", at proper left "LE MONUMENT/A ETE INAUGURE/LE 6 MAI 1889" and "C.TROTIN", and in exergue "INVALIDES 105:NOT.DAME 66.COLOGNE 169:OPERA 58/G PYRAMID 146.PANTHEON 83.S.PIERRE 132/ARC DE TRIOMPHE 45.ROUEN 150/OBELISQUE WASHINGTON 169/TOUR EIFFEL 300".

Reverse: Inscribed above "CUIVRE" and at center "SOUVENIR/DE MON ASCENSION/AU SOMMET DE/LA TOUR EIFFEL/["Adam Bohdanou" etched into rectangular plate]/1889/USINE METALLURGIQUE PARISENNE".

Provenance

By 1929, Wolf Kostakowsky, Mattapan, MA; 1929, sold by Kostakowsky to the MFA for $518 [see note 1]. (Accession date: January 17, 1929)

NOTES:

[1] Five hundred numismatics, MFA accession numbers 29.159 through 29.658, were purchased from Mr. Kostakowsky for a total price of $518.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund