100921 | CANADA & FRANCE. Cartier, Montcalm & Champlain aluminum Plaque.
100921 | CANADA & FRANCE. Cartier, Montcalm & Champlain aluminum Plaque. Issued circa 1908. "The first great men in Canada" (110x80mm, 134.45 g, 12h). By E. Exbrayat in Paris and published by Deschiens.
Triptych containing half-length busts of the explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain flanking that of Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon, the marquis de Montcalm; each separated by fledgling olive trees / Two native Americans, one fleeing and one hiding, observing an approaching ship; all within ornate border, with floral decorations around; below, beaver right. Edge: «triangle».
Lecompte p. 129; Rulau –. Mint State. Charming gunmetal gray surfaces with a slightly matte nature; numerous light scuffs and marks are noted from friction. Rare.
This type celebrates three men important to different aspects of Canadian history. Jacques Cartier was a Breton explorer who claimed much of what is now Canada for France, describing and mapping the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as well as the Saint Lawrence River. Samuel de Champlain, a later French explorer, expanded upon Cartier's voyages, further documenting the eastern portions of modern-day Canada, even founding Québec and New France. Lastly, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon, the marquis de Montcalm, served under King Louis XV of France in defense of New France against the British forces during the Seven Years' War (known in this theater as the French and Indian War).