100866 | FRANCE. "Scientia" bronze Medal.
100866 | FRANCE. "Scientia" bronze Medal. Issued 1930. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Collège de France (68mm, 146.24 g, 12h). By P. Turin at the Paris mint.
Knowledge lowering head left, touching lighted torch to her head; SCIENTIA in exergue / Facing statue of Guillaume Budé, the founder of the college, with base inscribed G. BUDÉ; in three lines across field, QUATRIÈME – CENTENAIRE / DE LA – FONDATION / DU COLLÈGE – DE FRANCE. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Jones 424; Maier –. Gem Mint State. Charming yellow-bronze surfaces. Splendid Art Deco type by one of the master medalists of the movement.
The Collège de France was established by royal charter in 1530 and located in the Latin Quarter. At the urging of Guillaume Budé, King François (Francis) I saw to its creation, modeling it after the Collegium Trilingue in Leuven (now in Belgium). The institute is considered one of France's most prestigious research centers.