Portrait medal of Gaspard de Coligny (Coligni) (1519-1572) by Ramond Gayrard. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1821.
Armored bust facing left; around, GASPARD DE COLIGNI; below bust in smaller lettering the artist's name, GAYRARD F.
Legend in nine lines: NE / A CHATILLON / SUR LOING/ EN M.D.XVI. / MORTE / EN M.D.LXXII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1821.
The Lord of Châtillon, Gaspard was a French nobleman and admiral. He is remembered as a disciplined Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598). The date of his birth on this medal, 1516, differs from that now accepted, 1519.
Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1819, by leading medalists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
37.12 g (Weight)