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Another Geo-based Medal

Hot on the heels of the medal commemorating the Belgian geologist André Hubert Dumont, I have found another 'geo-based' medal.  This medal is, well to use the terminology of the new PEOTUS, YUUGE.  And it is a medal of the Société Royale Belge de Géographie.

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Of Privilege, Loss & Renewal

Today, I will highlight two medals I bought from the same seller, who listed them as coming from a Belgian collection - and one, wrongly, as a Belgian medal.  I wouldn't normally have bought them but the price of each was too good to pass up, especially as each contains about 2 ounces of .900+ fine silver.  I bought the Riga medal which is excellent and clean for $25; I discovered another which had significant wear but still sold for $350.   Before bidding I found that both concerned the old Germanic province of Livonia, now Latvia.  And both speak to that Germanic history in the region.
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Belgian Geologist André Dumont

After some years of searching I finally found an antique medal with a geologic theme.
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Sherlock

Well, that grabbed your guts and gave them a good twist - several times.

A German Medal

Well, I had a Belgian medal about an industrial spy, a French medal about silkworms, and now I have a German medal for an agricultural association.

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I learned new French words today

A new French agricultural medal came into my posession today.  It's a large (2+ ounce) silver medal produced during the reign of King Louis Philippe, that is prior to 1850.  The medal was awarded as an "Encouragement a L'Industrie of Séricicole" to perhaps a Gu (for Guillaume?) Clausel, magnanier, de Mr Aubert a la Crau d'hyères.

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Lieven Bauwens

I recently acquired this medal commemorating the unveiling of a statue of Lieven Bauwens in Ghent in 1885.



Bauwens had been a mayor of Ghent.  But he is primarily remembered as is stated on the other side of the medal as the "importer and distributor of the cotton spin rig."  That is perhaps stating it rather diplomatically.  As a young man, Bauwens was sent from his native Belgium to England.  There he eventually acquired a version of what is known as the "spinning mule" which had been invented by Samuel Crompton.  Bauwens brought the textile rig and knowledgable workers to the continent and started textile plants in Paris in 1799 and Ghent in 1800.  That makes Lieven Bauwens one of the earliest known spies of the industrial age.


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