DescriptionA Bronze Ascension of the Montgolfier Le Flesselles Balloon Commemorative Medal, 19th century
1-1/2 inches diameter (3.8 cm)
Obverse depicting winged female genius angel atop recumbent lion with a balloon in flight to the background, with commemorative text QUE NE PEUT LE GENIE, artist N. GATTEAUX E, MEDAILLE FRAPPEN VERTUDUNE SOUSCRIPT PATTE A LYON PAR LES SOINS DEM. ACHETECUIER OPEDFMONSTEUR FRERE DU ROI. Reverse with text L'AEROSTAT NOMME LE DE FLESSELLES, DE 100 P. DE D. SUR 118 DE H.S'EST ELEVE A 1400T. DES BROTTEAUX A LYON MONTE PAR MM. MONTGOLFIER L. PILATRE DE ROSIER CHARLE PRINCE DE LIGNE LES Ctes. DE DAMPIERE ET M. FONTAINE LE 19 JER. 1784
The medal, designed by Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux, commemorates the ascension of the Le Flesselles balloon at Lyon by the Montgolfier brothers, Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier, and several other French nobles on January 19, 1784. The ascent was witnessed by over 100,000 people and reached a maximum height of 3,000 feet.
Estimate: $800 - $1,200.
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