100686 | FRANCE. Narcisse Leven bronze Medal.
100686 | FRANCE. Narcisse Leven bronze Medal. Issued 1910. The 50th anniversary of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (59mm, 97.80 g, 12h). By E. Hannaux at the Paris mint.
NARCISSE LEVEN Pt DE L'ALLIANCE ISRAELITE UNIVERSELLE, bust left / ALLIANCE ISRAELITE UNIVERSELLE / 1860–1910, muse standing right, with back facing, inscribing the Ten Commandments on shield affixed to oak tree; Moorish-style synagogue in background. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Gem Mint State. Rich brown surfaces, with lighter highlights and a slightly matte nature. Scarce. Compare to a similar example in Stack's Coin Galleries 9 December 2009 auction, lot 1202 (which realized a hammer of $350 [plus buyer's fee]).
A Paris-based organization founded in 1860, the Alliance Israélite Universelle is a worldwide philanthropic group created by French statesman Adolphe Crémieux with the goal of ensuring Jewish human rights around the world. Narcisse Leven was a secretary to Crémieux, and he became involved with the organization as well, serving as its secretary (1863-1883), vice-president (1883-1898), and finally president (1898-1915, his death).