Medal commemorating the balloon ascent of Blanchard, Germany, 1785.
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Medal commemorating the balloon ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753-1809) at Frankfurt, Germany, on 3 October 1785. The design, by Johann Christian Reich, shows Blanchard in his balloon, waving a flag above a cityscape of Frankfurt viewed from the west with a bridge across the river. The Latin inscription: 'Gallia saepius plausit. Iam Germania Plau' translates as 'France has applauded often - Now let Germany applaud'.