101771 | FRANCE. Revolution/Alphonse de Lamartine silvered lead Medal.

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    101771  |  FRANCE. Revolution/Alphonse de Lamartine silvered lead Medal. Issued 1848. Lamartine rejects the red flag (71mm, 96.19 g, 12h).

     

    Lamartine standing facing, addressing crowd and holding tricolored flag; in two lines in exergue, Lamartine / 25 fév 1848 / Le drapeau tricolore / a fait le tour du monde à la / tête de nos armées. Le drapeau / rouge n'a fait que le tour du / champ de mars, trainé dans / des flots de sang! Je repousse / le drapeau rouge! / Gloire à Lamatine! (The tricolor flag went around the world, leading the way of our armies. The red flag merely circled the Champ de Mars, dragged into streams of blood! I repel back the red flag! Glory be to Lamatine!) in eight lines. Edge: Plain.

     

    Collignon 262. As cast. Lighted silvered gray surfaces.

     

    Part of the wave of revolutions across Europe in 1848, the 1848 French Revolution saw the end of the July Monarchy (1830-1848) and the creation of the short-lived Second French Republic (1848-1852). During this revolution, numerous medals were produced satirizing the various contemporaneous events. Lamartine was instrumental in the founding of the Second French Republic and saw that the tricolor flag still flown today would continue to serve as the standard of France, as alluded to on this medal.

     

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