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CNG 91, Lot: 1640. Estimate $150.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Troisième République. 1870-1940. Æ Medal (72mm, 183.36 g, 12h). Commemorating the Chalais-Meudon Dirigible and Balloon Convention. By A. Patey. Dated 1885. • LABOR • IMPROBVS • OMNIA • VINCIT • (hard work conquers all), Daedalus kneeling right, affixing wings to Icarus standing right, head lowered left / • SIC • ITVR • AD • ASTRA • (thus goes one to the stars), Muse of Aviation seated left, head facing, pointing toward dirigible in background; in four lines in exergue, • BALLONS • DIRIGEABLES •/EXPERIANCES • A • L’ETABLISSEMENT/• DE • CHALAIS • MEVDON •/1885. Edge: (cornucopia) BRONZE. Malpas –; Wolf 19. Choice EF.

Duplicates from the Medal Collection of the American Numismatic Society (1940.100.2432). Ex R. J. Eidlitz Collection.