French Ransom Fund Thank You Medal (114097)

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French Ransom Fund Thank You Medal  (114097)
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Medal struck as a thank you for donations to the French Ransom Fund (Franco-Prussian War fund). The obverse of the medal features the head of Ceres, the symbol of liberty in the Third French Republic. “CONCO” on her head band stands for Concordia symbolizing harmony among the people, nourished by peace. The reverse wreath of laurel and oak encloses the text, “QUI DONNE / A LA FRANCE / PRETE / A DIEU.,” or “Who gives to France, will be repaid by God.” The legend above, “SON NALE DE CALIFORNIA,” translates as the “National Subscription of California.” It is signed V. & CO, the hallmark of the W. K. Vanderslice & Co., a silver manufacturing firm in San Francisco later acquired by Shreve. Rare 30.1mm. WM. VF/EF

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection
Country (if not USA):
State: California
City/County: San Francisco
Date: 1872