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|Eiffel Tower Medallion|
The obverse (head side) shows the Eiffel Tower, and a number of all the well know Paris landmarks.
The inscription read:
LE 27 JANV 1897
A &EACUTE;T&EACUTE; INAUGUR&EACUTE;
LE 6 MAI 1889
In the large exergue is a list of other Paris buildings and monuments with their heights in metres:-
INVALIDES 105 . NOT. DAME 66 . COLOGNE 159 . OPERA 56
GD. PYRAMIDE 146 . PANTH&EACUTE;ON 83 . ST. PIERRE
ARC DE TRIOMPHE 45 . ROUEN . OBELISK WASHINGTON 16
TOUR EIFFEL 300
(Some parts of the inscription are unclear without cleaning the medallion).
The reverse design consists of inscriptions in five lines, with a cartouche for engraving the recipient's name:
DE MON ASCENSION
AU SOMMET DE
LA TOUR EIFFEL
In smaller letters at the top is the word CUIVRE (Copper), and below is the makers name USINE METALLURGIQUE PARISIENNE
This is only one of many local medallions issued as commemoratives, but largely for advertising purposes in pre T.V. days.
We have shown it on our website for general and local historical interest.
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