Three 1878-89 Paris Universal Exposition Medals
Three 1878-89 Paris Universal Exposition Medals - Paris Universal Exposition Medal 1878, Uniface Trial Striking by A. Dubois (white metal, obverse illustrating Marianne sitting upon a railcar, her right foot resting upon a cannon, symbols of industry and the City of Paris in the background, inscribed "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS" above, surrounded by the inscription "EXPOSITION UNIVERSALLE PARIS 1878", engraver marked "A.D." (Alphée Dubois: 1831-1905), reverse with a series of wavy lines forming a series of diamond-shaped icons, 52.7 mm); Embassy of His Majesty The Emperor of Morocco Tour of the Paris Mint during the Universal Exposition Medal 1889 (bronze, cornucopia hallmarked and marked "BRONZE" on the edge, obverse illustrating the Paris Mint (Monnaie de Paris), inscribed "AURO ARGENTO AERI FLANDO FERIUNDO." above, and "AEDES AEDIFIGATAE M.DCC.LXX." (1770) below, the inscriptions in Latin, engraver marked "L. LEONARD F.", reverse inscribed in the centre "L'AMBASSADE DE S.M. L'EMPEREUR DU MAROC VISITE LA MONNAIE DE PARIS ", inscribed "EXPOSITION UNIVERSALLE 1889" above and dated "2 OCTOBRE" (October 2) below, 41.5 mm); and Paris Universal Exposition Medal 1889 (bronze, obverse illustrating a seated woman in draped clothing on the right, crowning a semi-nude man with a laurel wreath, the exposition grounds below featuring the Eiffel Tower, a tree, book, lamp and painter's pallet, etc. in the background, inscribed "EXPOSITION UNIVERSALLE" above and "1889" between the man and woman, reverse illustrating a star above a topless angel blowing a trumpet, sprigs of oak leaves at the left, her left hand wrapped around a pillar surmounted by a bust of Marianne and holding a wreath, the pillar resting against a tree, inscribed "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS" at the left and "N.J. SCHLOSS & CO" (a New York City Boys' Clothing Merchant) below the angel, 31 mm). Ranging from near fine to very fine. Footnote: The third Paris World's Fair of 1878, called the Exposition Universelle, was held from May 1 to November 10, 1878. It celebrated the recovery of France after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. The Exposition Universelle of 1889 was a World's Fair held in Paris, from May 6 to October 31, 1889. It was held during the year of the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event considered symbolic of the beginning of the French Revolution.