Medal: A La Science - Louis Bottee - circa 1894
This classically themed bronze medal pays homage to science as lighting the way and leading humanity.
The obverse includes an allegorical representation of science as a woman seated. A genius carries a branch and holds a shield inscribed: "DUX ET LUX" (Latin: To lead and light). Below exergue is signature: "Louis Bottée".
The reverse depicts a winged sphinx facing left peering into a mirror as the sun rises. Legend above: ""A LA SCIENCE”
Cartouche below is blank. At 8 o'clock signature in script "Louis Bottée".
AE Medal France (Paris mint)
49.6 x 3.5mm, 58.96g
Edge: Cornucopia followed by “BRONZE"
This is an award medal prepared for presentation to the winner of some contest or award, but for which the name had not yet been placed on the cartouche.
In extra fine condition with pleasing patina.
There is a small void in lower portion of dress on obverse.
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