World Historical Medals From the Collection of the Revd. John Watson

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Date of Auction: 15th September 2015

Sold for £160

Estimate: £150 - £200

FRANCE, Théodore Mionnet, Aged 59, 1829, a large uniface cast bronze portrait medal by A.J. Depaulis, bust right, 164mm (BDM I, 559). Tiny piercing for suspension at top, otherwise good very fine, a handsome and attractive commemorative of this famous 19th century numismatist £150-200


Provenance: DNW Auction 30, 16 July 1997, lot 699.

Théodore Edme Mionnet (1770-1842), numismatist and author; b. Paris; retired from the army to join the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque Nationale, 1800, where he worked until his death, latterly as head; author of the 16-volume standard reference
Description de médailles antique, Grecques et Romaines (1806-37) and inventor of the gradiated scale of 19 concentric circles commonly used to measure the most common diameters of coins and medals up to, and including, the 1920s