Poland - Lelewel Token, Jeton

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This medal commemorates Joachim Lelewe l (1786-1861), a Polish historian and politician with revolutionary ideas against Russia. He fled Poland for France, and then went on to Belgium, where he remained from 1833 to 1861. Amongst his writings were two numismatic works - "La Numismatique du Moyen Age" (1835) and "Etudes Numismatiques" (1840). Jean Wurden, who designed this medal, is identified by the inscription under the bust - Wurden F. ("Wurden Fecit" - Wurden made it).
Obverse inscription: A LELEWEL L'ILLUSTRE NUMISMATE ("To Lelewel, noted numismatist" in French).
Reverse inscription: AMOR BELGARUM EXSULIS SOLATIUM 1833-1858 (Roughly "Love from Belgium comforts the exile" in Latin).
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1858
place made
overall: 30 mm x 30 mm; 1 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
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duPont Collection
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