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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

French
1781
Artist Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)


Mint: Paris, France

Dimensions

Diameter, depth, and weight: 61 x 4 mm (2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.3177

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France, and Marie Antoinette.

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XVI at proper right looking at center and profile bust of Marie Antoinette at proper left looking at center; inscribed at edge “LUD·XVI·FR·ET NAV·REX*MAR·ANT·AUSTR·REG” and under bust of Louis “B. DU VIVIER F”.

Reverse: A dolphin at center supporting a rudder decorated with fleur-de-lis and a fleet in the background; inscribed above “ASSERENDI NOVA SPES COMMERCII” and in exergue “REGI DE ORTU S·S·DELPHANI/SEX MAERCATOR·PARIS·ORDINES/GRATULANTUR/AUSP DUCIS DE COSSE/URBIS GUB·DIE IV·NOV/MDCCLXXXI”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LUD·XVI·FR·ET NAV·REX*MAR·ANT·AUSTR·REG" and under bust of Louis "B. DU VIVIER F".

Reverse: Inscribed above "ASSERENDI NOVA SPES COMMERCII" and in exergue "REGI DE ORTU S·S·DELPHANI/SEX MAERCATOR·PARIS·ORDINES/GRATULANTUR/AUSP DUCIS DE COSSE/URBIS GUB·DIE IV·NOV/MDCCLXXXI".

Provenance

By 1917, John B. How; 1917, gift of the Estate of John B. How to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of John B. How