Voltaire Medal

Voltaire Medal
Voltaire Medal
Title
Voltaire Medal
Date 
1778
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
diameter: 1 9/16 in. ( 4 cm )
Description 
Bronze struck medal with nude bust facing right; surrounding legend: "G.WASHINGTON. Er. GENERAL OF THE CONTINl. ARMY IN AMERICA." Reverse with radiant military trophy surrounded by legend: "WASHIN. REUNI PAR UN RARE ASSEMBLAGE, LES TALENS DU GUERRIER & LES VERTUS DU SAGE" ("Washington combines in a single union the talents of a warrior and the virtues of a philosopher").
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. James Hazen Hyde
Object Number 
1947.311
Gallery Label 
This medal was reportedly struck in Paris by order of Voltaire. The portrait is imaginary and this piece is the earliest medal ever struck for George Washington. Some authorities believe that the imaginary portrait is based on the features of British humanitarian Jeremy Bentham.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group