101247 | UNITED STATES & FRANCE. Christopher Columbus bronze Medal.
101247 | UNITED STATES, SPAIN, ITALY & FRANCE. Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus) bronze Medal. Issued 1819. Series Numismatica Universalis Virorum Illustrium (41mm, 38.43 g, 12h). By Petit & Durand in Paris.
CHRISTOPHORUS COLOMB, bust right / NATUS / AN. M. CCCC. XLII. / COGURETI AD GENUAM / OBIIT / IN VALLE OLETI / APUD HISPANOS / AN. M. D. VI. in seven lines. Edge: Plain.
Rulau G4; Eglit 52; Storer 70. Choice Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with some brilliance.
Hailing from Genova in Italy, Columbus made a name for himself sailing in the service of Spain, discovering for them portions of the New World first in 1492. Though numerous medals commemorate his exploits during the quadricentennial celebration and the Columbian Expo in Chicago, it is this portrait medal from Durand's series which is the first to utilize a bust of the explorer over 70 years prior.