100602 | UNITED STATES & FRANCE. Exposition Universelle bronze Plaque.
100602 | UNITED STATES & FRANCE. Exposition Universelle bronze Plaque. Issued 1900. Commemorating the expo and the Lafayette Monument (29x45mm, 19.07 g, 12h). By V. D. Brenner and the Paris mint.
UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION / PARIS 1900, Marianne and Columbia standing left, heads facing one another; façade of the exhibition hall (National Pavilion) to left; in foreground to left, implements of science and industry; in two lines in exergue, PRESENTED BY THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL / OF THE UNITED STATES / LAFAYETTE MONUMENT / PARIS JULY 4th 1900, side view of the monument right; garlanded branches at base. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Choice Mint State. Warm brown surfaces, with a slightly matte nature. A sublimely attractive piece designed by one of the more famous engravers of U.S. coinage.
Victor David Brenner was born (as Asvigdor) in what is now Lithuania in 1871, immigrating to the United States in 1890. Around the turn of the century, he began studying in Paris under the great French engraver, Oscar Roty, and exhibiting his work at the Exposition Universelle in 1900. Additionally, he designed this plaque for the American delegation at the expo. Less than a decade later, he would design a work which would endear him–though at least, not initially–to an American audience through his Lincoln 'wheat' penny in 1909. So prominently displayed were his initials 'V.D.B.' on the reverse that a change was made in that first year to remove them, the American audience thinking them to be too haughty.
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