100741 | UNITED STATES & FRANCE. Louis XVIII bronze Medal.
100741 | UNITED STATES & FRANCE. Louis XVIII bronze Medal. Dated 1822 (though a later restrike). The Treaty of Navigation and Commerce (50mm, 43.74 g, 12h). By Andrieu & Gayrard.
LVDOVICVS XVIII FRANC ET NAV REX, laureate head right / GALLIA ET AMERICA FOEDERATA (France and America have reached an agreement...), Marianne (France), wearing crested helmet, and native princess (America), wearing feathered crown, leaning toward one another against column surmounted by bust of Mercury (commerce); cornucopia and prow in background; in two lines in exergue, NOVIS COMMERCIORVM PACTIS/IVNCTAE (...joined together in this new treaty of trading). Edge: A few light marks, otherwise plain.
Loubat 52; Collignon 363; Betts –; Ford XIV, lot 505. Choice Mint State. Light brown surfaces, with some underlying luster. A fairly rare and interesting Americana-related French medal.
The commerce treaty celebrated on this medal was signed by Bayon Hyde de Neuville, representing Louis XVIII of France, and John Quincy Adams, representing the James Monroe and the United States.