101245 | GERMANY & FRANCE. Johannes Gutenberg bronze Medal.
101245 | GERMANY & FRANCE. Johannes Gutenberg bronze Medal. Issued 1818. Series Numismatica Universalis Virorum Illustrium (41mm, 38.02 g, 12h). By Gayrard & Durand in Paris.
JOHANNES GUTTEMBERG, bust right / NATUS / MOGUNTIÆ / IN GERMANIA / AN. M. CCCC. / OBIIT / AN. M. CCCC. LXVIII. in six lines. Edge: Plain.
Loan Coll. 4101. Choice Mint State. Rich brown surfaces, with a good deal of brilliance in the fields.
Born in the Electorate of Mainz circa 1400, Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg was an inventor and goldsmith who revolutionized the world of communication with his invention of movable type—the first to use it in Europe—in 1439. This led to his printing of the 'Gutenberg Bible' (also known as the 42-line Bible or the B42), pivotal in the distribution of Christianity to the vulgate rather than direct reception from the clergy.