Summary

Portrait medal of Heloise d'Argenteuil ( circa 1090-1164). One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1819.

Obverse Description

Veiled bust facing left; at left, HELOISE; below bust in smaller lettering the artist's name, GAYRARD F.

Reverse Description

Legend in eight lines: NEE / EN / A / MORTE / EN M.C.LXIV. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1819.

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

Héloise d'Argenteuil (circa 1090 – 16 May 1164) a French nun, writer, scholar. She is best remembered for her correspondence with Peter Abélard (Pierre Abailard).

Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1819, by leading medallists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.

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