Joseph Florimond Loubat Medal
Bronze; wood, leather, silk
case: 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 11/16 in. ( 8.3 x 8.3 x 1.7 cm ) diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm )
Inscription: obverse, beneath bust truncation, at center: "F.VERNON/1910" Inscription: edge, at right, center: "BRONZE" Inscription: box cover, right, diagonally: "MAY 22 1911"
Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting nude bust of Joseph Florimond facing left; legend: "JOSEPH FLORIMOND/DUC DE LOUBAT." Reverse depicts Loubat's coat of arms supported by lion on either side, with motto on scroll beneath and canopy with royal crown above. Medal is inset into square leather burgundy red fitted case with red silk satin and silk velvet interior with gold-embossed edges.
Joseph Florimond, duc de Loubat (1837-1921) was a wealthy American bibliophile, author, sportsman, and philanthropist whose title was awarded in 1893 by Pope Leo XIII in return for his generosity to the Church. Loubat is the author of the "Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1786."
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