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Medals of the World Expos - 1900

09-26-2010 10:28 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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The medal of the 1900 Paris Exposition is one of the iconic works in the history of the modern medal.

This medal was created for the combined 1900 Paris World's Fair and second modern Olympics by master medallist Jules-Clément Chaplain. In today's series Medals of the World Expos, let's check out the beautiful award medal designed in art nouveau style.

Medal of the 1900 Paris Exposition
63mm, bronze, struck at Paris Mint

On the obverse: Head of "France" in a Phrygian bonnet, being at one with the growing oak tree, which has put a laurel wreath around her head. A view of the bridges of the Seine River and the city of Paris to the right. Legend around in French, Republic France.

The medal of the 1900 Paris Exposition is one of the iconic works in the history of
the modern medal.

On the reverse: The winged figure of Victory, holding a laurel wreath and a palm branch, carries a winner on her back. The Expo buildings are shown below. Underneath the recipient's name is engraved. To the right, the engraver's abbreviation - J.C. Chaplain. Legend around also in French: Exposition Universal International 1900.

The medal is a typical of the art nouveau style popular during that period. There were over 70,000 exhibitors at the 1900 Expo, and according to the official bulletin, over 40,000 of them received awards in five different grades.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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