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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 200. Estimate CHF2250. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Royal. Nicolas de Neufville, Marquis de Villeroy. 1598-1685. Medal (Bronze, 103mm, 155.35 g), original cast with incuse reverse of the obverse design, by Claude Warin, early 1651. NIC.DE NEVFVILLE.MARCH.VILL.GALL.MARESC.REG.PERS.ET.LVGD.MODER Draped and armored bust of Nicolas de Neufville to right; below shoulder truncation, WARIN.1651 Rev. As the obverse, but incuse. Jones II, 306 (an after cast). Very rare. A splendid contemporary cast with an obverse in high relief. Attractively toned. Suspension hole and some minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.

Nicolas de Neufville was Marshal of France, governor of Lyon and guardian of the young Louis XIV. Claude Warin (c. 1610-1654), the younger brother of the famous Jean Warin, was the medalist of the city of Lyon from 1630 to 1654. He prepared this medal of behalf of the Consulate of Lyon in early 1651, prior to Neufville’s becoming Duc de Villeroy in September of that year.