Lot 8003: Paris 1900 Summer Olympics Silver Winner’s and 'Shooting' Medals
18th July 2019
Exceptionally rare pairing of medals presented to French shooter Paul Moreau for the Paris 1900 Summer Olympics: an exceedingly rare winner's medal awarded to Moreau at the Paris 1900 Summer Olympics for his fourth-place finish in the men's 20 meter rapid fire pistol event. Silver, 42 mm x 60 mm, 55 gm, by Frederic Vernon, Paris. The front, inscribed "Republique Francaise, Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900," features a winged goddess scattering laurels over the grounds of the Exposition; the reverse depicts a victorious athlete upon a podium with a stadium and the Acropolis in the background, with tablet identifying the sport as a shooting contest, "Maitre Tireur Revolver [Master Shooter Revolver]," and engraved with the athlete's name, "Paul Moreau." Stamped "Argent" on an edge. Complete with its hinged maroon presentation box, gilt-stamped on the lid, "Exposition Universelle, 1900." This solid silver plaque is far rarer than the silvered bronze medal of the same design, and it is incredibly unusual to find a 'winged goddess' winner's medal inscribed with the name of its winner—meaning that it is typically impossible to tell whether it was awarded for an Olympic event or a non-Olympic one. With an appealing medal issued by the Union des Societes de Tir de France [Union of Shooting Societies of France] for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle and second Olympic Games. Silver, 45 mm, 48 gm, by Henri Dubois and Charles Marey. The front depicts an angel carrying a warrior, with the motto "Honneur / Patrie"; the reverse features the Gallic rooster, with raised text, "Union des Societes de Tir de France, Concours International de l'Exposition, VII Concours National," with the recipient's name engraved in a tablet below, "Paul Moreau, Commissaire." Stamped "Argent" on the edge. Complete with its leather pouch. A remarkable pairing of medals awarded to a French Olympian at the 1900 Games.
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