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1672, Prise de douze villes en Hollande
Obv. Draped and cuirassed bust right LVD MAG FRA ET NAV REX PP, CHERON on bust truncation.
Rev. The King in the guise of Sol, radiating light, seated right in a heavenly chariot pulled by three horses, surrounded by clouds. Around are aerlia views of twelve towns and forts captured in Holland SOLIS QVE LABORES on scroll above central design, the names of all twelve towns/forts around.

AE63. Engraved by Charles Jean Francois Cheron. ORIGINAL STRIKE, very rare.

Charles Jean Francois Cheron (1635-1698), one of the most distinguished artists of the school of Jean Warin, was born at Nancy and was trained by his father, Jean-Charles Cheron, engraver to Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine. Cheron went to Rome and became engraver of medals for Clement IX and Innocent X. Cheron's style in his Roman medals is of remarkable boldness, and his medals of Pope Clement IX and of Bernini are grandiloquent and among the finest Italian medals of the period. He returned to France in 1675 and was employed by Louis XIV at the Medal Mint at Paris for about twelve years, where he contributed several medals to the medallic series of the monarch, the Histoire Metallique. His medals are considered to be in an international baroque style.
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Vespasian70  [Jul 25, 2007 at 01:33 AM]
All I can say!
Kopperkid  [Jul 31, 2007 at 12:22 PM]
Oozing with envy! Not a rub on a curl or mark on it. Congrat's!
maik  [Jun 30, 2008 at 06:39 PM]
Noah  [Jan 01, 2010 at 11:51 AM]
nice one
Kevin H3  [Feb 09, 2011 at 10:04 PM]
I have one that looks just like this. How do I know if it is an ORIGINAL STRIKE? What's it worth if it is?
Brian L  [Feb 10, 2011 at 07:57 AM]
LordBest  [Feb 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM]
Kevin, you need to look at the edges of the medal, they should be beveled rather than squared off. Of course, this assumes there are no edge marking dating it as a later restrike. As to value, hard to say, I've seen them sell for $1000- $2500 but the nyou can pick them up on eBay for $200.
Kevin H3  [Jul 03, 2011 at 12:57 AM]
Thank you for your response. However, I am not that familiar with these medals so I don't know what I should be looking for exactly. If I look at the edge the only word that is stamped is "Bronze" and the edges around the circumferance of the medal seem to be uneven. That is the medal doesn't appear to have a consistent thickness.
LordBest  [Jul 03, 2011 at 08:44 AM]
The 'Bronze' marking indicates it is a late nineteenth century restrike, from memory 1880 to some point in the 20th century when they started adding the year.
drapes  [Apr 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM]
Does anyone know who Louis XIV presented this medal to ? I believe it was a minister in his government for their successful battles
LordBest  [May 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM]
I'm not aware of these models being presented to anyone specific, which doesn't mean they weren't. If you have any information about them being presented do let me know.
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