FRANCE bronze splash of 1846 medal for aid to victims of the Loire flood


FRANCE, medal, 1846, Obverse: Nymph holding cornucopia standing L, aiding flood victim to rise, SECOURS APORTES AUX INONDES DE LA LOIRE, MDCCCXLVI, VAUTIER GALLE F., Reverse: soft incuse of obverse, Edge: plain, bronze, 67mm, 26.39g, by Andre Vauthier-Galle, a high quality splash of the obverse only. The complete medal sold for E120 in 2016:, XF-AU

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Splashes are usually die trials. Sometimes enough of them were made that some got out of official hands and became collectable.

The Loire river was subject to occasional flooding for centuries. Attempts at control are ongoing.

France has been a hotbed of numismatic activity since Celtic times in the 3rd century BC. People making their own coins (tokens, imitations, counterfeits) was a normal activity wherever and whenever there was a coin shortage. Keeping in mind, of course, in this coinless age, that coins were THE way people did business until the 20th century. In France they were using tokens in the normal, local way we think of tokens being used, from the 15th century.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.