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Johann Gutenberg

Circular medal of Johann Gutenberg (about 1400-1468), inventor of the type-cast machine. Stamped on edge "BRONZE". Obverse: Profile bust of Gutenberg looking to proper right over a diapered background, wearing a fur brimmed hat; inscribed at edge "·JEAN GVTENBERG·INVENTEVR DE L'IMPRIMERIE NE...

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Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·JEAN GVTENBERG·INVENTEVR DE L'IMPRIMERIE NE EN 1400 MORT EN 1468" and on bust "LEON DESCHAMPS". Reverse: Inscribed on press "j MCDXLI g" and above "LA LVMIERE FVT".

Marks

Stamped on edge "BRONZE".

Provenance

By 1927, The Mary Hooper Packard Collection; 1927, gift of Horace Packard to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 5, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Packard

French, Late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place

France

Accession Number

27.249

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals