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Three different busts of Louis XVI , two different reverse dies. All dated 1775.

 

The first shows a mature bust Louis XVI obverse with the original building for the School of Surgery reverse

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The second shows a mature bust of Louis XVI obverse but with different legend, with the School of Surgery and its extensions reverse

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The third shows a youthful bust of Louis XVI and same reverse as the second.

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Very nice Ian. Second and third look as though they might have used the same die for the reverse.

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  • 7 months later...

Love the reverse: the Hamsa hand flanked with what must be serpents trying to wind around a missing Rod of Asclepius... :blol:

Maybe the engraver used a real, surgically removed hand for a model?

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