Medal commemorating the invention of the air balloon in 1783, (1784).

Medal commemorating the invention of the air balloon in 1783, (1784).
3 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

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Medal commemorating the invention of the air balloon in 1783, struck by order of King Louis XVI in 1784. The inscription reads: 'Patefacto per aera itinere a Josepho et Stephano Montgolfier V. Junii MDCCLXXXIII, rei memoriam posteritati tradi jussit Ludovicus XVI, anno MDCCLXXXIV. (Struck in commemoration of the Journey of Joseph and Stephen Montgolfier on the 5 June, 1783, as a remembrance to posterity by order of Louis XVI. 1784. Fortunate is he who atttempts audacious things).

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