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Edmond-Claude Bourru, Dean of the Faculty of Medecine at Paris 1786-87


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Medal/jeton issued for Edmond-Claude Bourru, Dean of the Faculty of Medecine at Paris University from 1786-91. This being the first medal issued during his tenure.

 

1154. Obverse. Bust, to left, with wig. Beneath. Du Viv. Inscription : Edm.CI.Bourru Paris.Fac. Medic.Par.Decan. . Reverse. A seated female grasping the hand of another, standing, who holds fasces. Upon the square pedestal on which the former sits, D(u). V(ivier). Legend : Concordia Et Constantia Vincent. Exergue: 1786 . 87. Struck in silver, silvered copper, gilt bronze 25 mm. Mine is silvered copper.

 

Rudolphi has Duvivier as one word upon the obverse, omits the dot after Fac, and has Med. Kluyskens has Duviv., and Med. Duisburg has Du Viv. They all describe the D. V. upon the reverse as at the feet of the seated figure, whereas it is far distant, at the extreme right.

 

EDIT: Feuardent lists 4 varieties of this jeton(some based on the signature) numbers #4680 to #4683. Mine is #4683 signed DU.VIV. This explains the different descriptions above.

 

Claud Bourro was the last Dean of the old Medical Faculty of Paris. The French Revolution brought about its demise in 1793. The practise of medicine in France was then left without a governing body for 2 years. In 1795 the three "Ecoles de Sante" were established in Paris, Montpellier & Strasbourg to fill this void. But it was not till 1823, during the reign of Charles X, that the Academy of Medicine Paris was reestablished. The tradition of striking jetons was, unfortunately, not reintroduced.

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Rudolphi has Duvivier as one word upon the obverse, omits the dot after Fac, and has Med. Kluyskens has Duviv., and Med. Duisburg has Du Viv. They all describe the D. V. upon the reverse as at the feet of the seated figure, whereas it is far distant, at the extreme right.

 

Excellent. Always a thrill when it seems you might have something rare and unusual.

As for Dr. Bourru, you probably know that his name means "uncivilized" or "ornery" in French... :blol:

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