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  1. Thanks Bill and Art. I've been checking with some TAMS members and some dealers but Art Nuveau hasn't been overky studied. My guess is that the mint kept those records at least at the time but whether or not they were preserved or published is another matter.
  2. If they tried this in the US Illinois would secede and whichever party was not in the Presidency would warn about inflation and harm to the economy.
  3. Whate are the diagnostics that distinguish it from this http://coins.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=3019&lotNo=0&lotIdNo=154064&ts=off#Photo
  4. The best I've been able to find on medal mintages from the Monnaies de Paris lists them in total by metal but not individually by the artist. The military medals from Tonkin and Dahomey can be calculated as individual mintages but the rest have to remain somewhat speculative though one can make decent guesses based on the totals and surviving specimens and prices. Here's one example of the charts from google book http://books.google.com/books?id=KpQKAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA509&dq=Exposition+Universelle+1889+m%C3%A9daille+monnayage&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-9ieT8DrD46O8wTY3sT7Dg&ved=0CF
  5. Here's a 600x600 version. You are correct she is indeed crowning the artist(artisan). In Mazerolle's catalog the female figure is indeed Paix and the male figure is a forgeron, blacksmith.
  6. I've been looking for ways to put images in the cloud that are easily accessible elsewhere. I was thinking about looking at Google but I'll look Photobucket as well. Ideally it'll be some place where I can access them ad perhaps even upload from an iPad as well as a desktop. My originals are much larger!
  7. The Worlds Fair of 1889 was a big deal for Dupuis as he produced four medals for the celebration. One was a minor alteration to the Ville de Paris type but the other three were new. Most notable is the appearance of Marianne on the obverse of one of the medals. This version, modified slightly, appears on the most commonly reproduced medals of Daniel Dupuis. The highlight of this World's Fair was the opening of the Eiffel Tower, the structure that is now the international symbol of Paris. A nude genius stands next to a female figure whose outstretched arm points towards the exposition grou
  8. The first one looks reall cool. He appears to have a shield with the constellations on it and the zodiac around the edge.
  9. Thanks Ian. That is a nice representation of the theme.
  10. This is a new medal that just arrived today. This is one of the scarcer and pricier types in the Dupuis series of medals. This medal was issued to dedicate the new Alexander III bridge in Paris. This was done in conjunction with the 1900 exposition in Paris and Tsar Nicholas II and his Empress visited Paris for the dedication. I love the reverse river source (the figure tipping over the jug o' water). That's a theme again borrowed from ancient coins and I'd love to someday have a collection of these types on ancient coins though they tend to be rarer than I like.
  11. I would say the one in the original posting is original, VF, a slight bankers mark on the cheek, and the eta mostly off flan. I'd say around $700 for one of those.
  12. Tribute, status, ornament, jewelry?
  13. Yes, the absence of regulation does place the burden of accountability on the individual. If there are no import laws restricting clothes made with child labor the individual who opposes the practice has to take action herself. I tend to want to draw a line where things should be obvious. Off metal copies in aluminum for instance . But then I've seen people deceived by Middle eastern tourist copies of off metal owls and dekadrachms.
  14. Hi Ian, If I didn't know anything I would say the coin looks like a cast copy of Roman republican type. I'm not huge into RR and less into Celtic though so what I think there is pretty meaningless. Aesthetically I prefer the stylized Celtic coins over the ones that are closer to imitations of Roman and Greek types. I'd like to learn more about why the Celts struck coins and what uses they had initially versus latter when they likely started to trade with coin using people, but it's one area where I've neglected my reading
  15. Why is aggression in quotes? If they made war and took all the territory of the Atrebates wouldn't that qualify?
  16. What's often missing is a measurement of the harm. If everything is caveat emptor the hobby is damaged because more people will stay away. If you try to regulate it all new issues ensue. I think overall the market in coins has done a decent job with counterfeits but then introduced the new problem of who can tell a MS66 from a MS67. Certainly another area where deception can cost the unwary a handful of change.
  17. Perhaps that is the idea history strives to be, but actual history is written in the present and often serves the interests of those that write of fund it. While it's true that certain events and certain facts are on fairly solid ground the interpretation of history is not the same. Do you believe Hegel, Marx, Durant, Popper? The Texas or Kansas Boards of Education?
  18. That department reported to the Ministry of Commerce and Agriculture. So I'd guess you were correct that is was similar to a 4H prize for some kind of farming.
  19. 1894 Department de la Seine et Oise. A female figure is seated on a stone chair or throne. She holds wreaths in both her hands. A boy genius sits reading a book and holding a trumpet. A helmet and gun lie at the female figure's feet. The reverse has a legend Republique Francaise and the words Prix de Conseil General above an empty plaque. Silver 50mm.
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