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    Eglit-109A, 1893 Columbian World's Fair Bronze Plaque
    Designed by Oscar Roty, With Original Leather Box

    1893 World's Columbian Exposition French Plaque by Roty, With Original Leather Box of Issue. Eglit-109A. Bronze, 97 x 69 mm, 135.3 gm. Obverse personification of French Republic in glorious Art Nouveau style in inner circular medallion, inscribed REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE ("French Republic") and signed O. ROTY, outer square plaque bears MDCCCXCIII at top and SOUVENIR / OFFERT / AU NOM DE LA / REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE ("Souvenir offered in the name of the French Republic") below. Reverse WORLD'S COLUMBIAN / EXPOSITION / CHICAGO. 1893 at top, U.S. Great Seal and seal bearing R.F. in center, laurel branch with ribbons, at bottom CAMILLE KRANTZ / COMMISSAIRE GENERAL DU / GOUVERNEMENT / FRANÇAIS ("Commissioner General of the French government"). The silver version was designed for presentation to the French commissioner. This bronze example is as made, Choice Uncirculated or better, and comes complete with the leather box of issue bearing the RF monogram on top (and rare as such), in excellent shape. Roty was one of the most important French Art Nouveau designer-engravers responsible for the late 19th-century renaissance of medallic art, making this historic Columbian World's Fair plaque doubly important.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    September, 2008
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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