100752 | SPAIN & FRANCE. Paris World's Fair copper Medal.
100752 | SPAIN & FRANCE. Paris World's Fair copper Medal. Issued 1878. Commemorating Spain at the Expo and the Palais du Trocadéro (50mm, 63.18 g, 12h). By Sala.
Personification of Spain seated left upon reclining lion, resting elbow upon shield and holding wreath; pile of implements to left, representing industry, commerce, and the arts; Greco-Roman temple behind; in background, ship upon the seas with the Pillars of Hercules at a distance / EXPOSICION UNIVERSAL / PALACIO DEL TROCADERO, façade of the Trocadéro, with elaborate grounds in foreground; in exergue, crowned coat-of-arms between oak and olive branches. Edge: «scallop» CUIVRE.
Gem Mint State. Warm reddish-brown surfaces, with some alluring underlying luster. Rare.
The edifice represented on this medal was the old Palais du Trocadéro, standing from 1878-1936 on the hill of Chaillot. It was built specifically for the World's Fair held there in Paris in 1878, and was named after the Battle of Trocadéro, an 1823 conflict in Cádiz, Spain, in which French and Spanish royalist forces were able to restore the Bourbon king, Fernando VII.