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Lot Number: 330
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Extremely Rare and Impressive “1779” Benjamin Franklin Large 6.5” Diameter Terracotta Medal by Jean-Baptiste Nini

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1779-Dated Rare Revolutionary War Period Large Size 6.5” (165 mm) Decorative Benjamin Franklin Portrait Terra Cotta Plaque Medallion. By Jean-Baptiste Nini. Choice About Uncirculated.

A wonderful, oversized, Terra Cotta Portrait “Nini” Medal featuring a plain Bust of Benjamin Franklin facing left surrounded by the legend: “B. FRANKLIN IL DIRIGE LA FOUDRE ET BRAVE LES TIRANS," (He directs lightning and braves tyrants). Impressive 6.5” (165 mm) diameter -- much larger than the usually seen 1777 Nini Medals. Made by Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786). Great high-relief in detail, with Nini’s name incuse on the left side of the bust and a raised crest on the right side. Dated “1779” just below and to the right of the bust. A small tunnel was drilled through the top and back of this medal so that a wire or twine could be passed through for suspension. This is a superb display piece and a wonderful addition to any collection of Franklin memorabilia. This is the first example we’ve ever offered of this rare design type, which is an important point considering we’ve offered more than (40) 1770 Nini Medals since 1994. A fantastic, museum-quality Benjamin Franklin Portrait medallion of the highest rarity.
Lot Number: 330
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