Summary

Portrait medal of Abbot Suger (c. 1081-1151) by Alexis Depaulis. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1820.

Obverse Description

Draped bust facing left; around, L'ABBE SUGER.; below small lettering the artist's name, DEPAULIS F.

Reverse Description

Legend in eight lines: NE / A SAINT OMER / EN M.LXXXII. / MORT / EN M.C.LII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1818.

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

French abbot-statesman, historian and patron of Gothic architecture. Although his date of birth is usually given as Circa 1081, this medal gives 1082.

Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1816, by leading medallists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.

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