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FRENCH REVOLUTION. Medal of the Society of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, numbered ‘16’ (Medaille de la Société des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen, numérotée ‘16’), 1790-1794
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FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Medal of the Society of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, numbered ‘16’ (Medaille de la Société des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen, numérotée ‘16’), 1790-1794
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Circular dark bronze medal with eyelet for suspension; the face with a Phrygian bonnet above crossed fasces, inscribed below ‘No. D’ORDRE’ above a rectangular plaque with the impressed figures ‘16’, circumscribed ‘LIBERTÉ, ÉGALITÉ, FRATERNITÉ’; the reverse inscribed ‘SOCIÉTÉ / DES DROITS / DE L’HOMME / ET / DU CITOYEN’; slight traces of gilding; diameter 27.21mm (1.07 inches). The Society was formed on 27 April 1790 soon after the French Revolution and held its meetings in the Église des Cordeliers, becoming known for this reason as the ‘Club des Cordeliers’, at the heart of a radical district of Paris and was, from the outset, extreme in its views and frequently in conflict with the Revolutionary authorities in Paris. Membership was open to all, regardless of social status or gender. The Society foundered in 1794 when its leading members including Jacques René Hébert, Georges Jacques Danton and Camille Desmoulins were themselves executed.

 
FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Medal of the Society of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, numbered ‘16’ (Medaille de la Société des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen, numérotée ‘16’), 1790-1794
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FRENCH REVOLUTION.  Medal of the Society of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, numbered ‘16’ (Medaille de la Société des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen, numérotée ‘16’), 1790-1794
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