Joseph Florimond Loubat Medal
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
case: 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 9.5 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm ) diameter: 2 7/8 in. ( 7.3 cm )
Inscription: obverse, on bust truncation, at right: "F.VERNON 1910" Inscription: edge, upper left: "BRONZE" Inscription: case, bottom, upper left: "MAY 22, 1911"
Bronze struck medal with bust-length portrait of Joseph Florimond facing left with legend: "JOSEPH FLORIMOND, DUC DE LOUBAT." Reverse bears inscription with palm branch at left: "ELU/ASSOCIE ETRANGER/de L'INSTITUT/ACADEMIE/des INSCRIPTIONS/et BELLES-LETTRES/29 NOV./1907." Medal is inset into square burgundy red fitted leather 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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