Restrike of Medal - Audacia Felix. Commemorating the invention of the air balloon in 1783, struck by order of King Louis XVI.
Medal, Audacia Felix. Commemorating the invention of the air balloon in 1783, struck by order of King Louis XVI.
Bronze; 51mm diameter.
Obverse: representations of the Montgolfier fire balloon and also an air balloon. Text: AERA PERMEARUNT XXI NOV L.F. D'ARLANDES ET F. PILATRE I DEC J.A.C. Charles et M.N. ROBERT ANNO MDCCLXXXIII.
Reverse: circle of stars, text: PATEFACTO PER AERA ITINERE A JOSEPHO ET STEPHANO MONTGOLFIER V. JUNII MDCCLXXXIII, REI MEMORIAM POSTERITATI TRADI JUSSIT LUDIVICUS XVI, ANNO MDCCLXXXIV.
Struck in commemoration of the Journey of Joseph and Stephen Montgolfier on the 5th June, 1783, as a remembrance to posterity by order of Louis XVI. 1784.
Fortunate is he who attempts audacious things.
The restrike is dated 1983