FRANCE 1855 Universal Exposition Paris Medal by A. Barre




Collections: Medals, World Medals

Product type: Medal

Vendor: Britannianumismatics



FRANCE 1855 Universal Exposition Paris, 60mm copper medal 108 grams by A. Barre

Obverse: bust of Napoleon III facing right, ALBERT BARRE

Reverse:  French Royal Coat of Arms surrounded with shields representing the 20 nations who participated in the exposition. Woven among these images is a ribbon inscribed: EXPOSITION UNIVERSALLE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIE BEAUX-ARTS / PARIS 1855

Edge: Pointing Hand privy mark (Paris Mint) CUIVRE

The complete list of French privy marks is listed below.

Antique Lamp (Lampe Antique) . March 1832 – October 1841, Gold and Silver strikes.

Anchor and C interlaced (Ancre et C) , October 1841 – Sept. 1842. Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Prou Antique (Antique Prow) , 1842 – 1845.

Pointing Hand (Main Indicatrice) , June 1845- October 1860.

Bee (Abeille) , November 1860 – December 1879.

Cornucopia (Corne d'Abondance) , Jan. 1, 1880 – present.

Cornucopia plus date of actual striking, 1966 – present.

Albert Désiré Barre (1818 – 1878), was a French engraver, medalist, and the 18th Chief Engraver of the Paris Mint from 27 February 1855 to his death. He was the son of Jacques-Jean Barre who preceded him as the Chief Engraver. His brother Jean-Auguste Barre, a French sculptor and medalist, succeeded him as Chief Engraver after his death in Paris.