Bronze Medal: "… La Corvette l'Uranie Mr. Ls. de Freycinet Commandt…" FREYCINET: URANIE VOYAGE, LOUIS XVIII.
Bronze Medal: "… La Corvette l'Uranie Mr. Ls. de Freycinet Commandt…".

Bronze Medal for the Voyage of the Uranie.
Bronze Medal: "… La Corvette l'Uranie Mr. Ls. de Freycinet Commandt…".

Paris: Puymaurin & Andrieu, 1817.

Bronze medal, 41 mm, fine. Obverse: profile portrait of Louis XVIII. Reverse: "Hémisphère Austral. Physique Astronomie. La Corvette l'Uranie Mr. Ls. de Freycinet Commandt… S.A.R.M. Le Duc d'Angoulême, Amiral de France…."

Medal for the departure of Freycinet on the Uranie

An excellent bronze example of the medal struck to commemorate the sailing of the Uranie for Australia and the Pacific in 1817 under Freycinet.

An excellent bronze example of the medal struck to commemorate the sailing of the Uranie for Australia and the Pacific in 1817 under Freycinet.

The Uranie landed at Shark Bay on the West Coast of Australia, on 12 September 1818, where an observatory was set up. After visiting Timor and the Hawaiian Islands they reached Port Jackson in November 1818. They left on Boxing Day that year on a course for Cape Horn but on 13 February 1820 the ship was wrecked off the Falkland Islands. However all the crew and most of the records of the voyage and natural history specimens were saved and the voyage was completed on the Physicienne.

The voyage was organised by the French government to make observations on geography, magnetism and meteorology, and became noteworthy for its natural history discoveries. This scientific bent is reflected in the detailed lettering on the obverse, which has the main caption 'Hemisphere Austral. Physique Astronomie', and also notes that Freycinet's voyage was commissioned by the two most important French naval figures of his day, Louis-Antoine d'Artois de Bourbon, Duc d'Angoulême, then serving as Amiral de France, and the Vicomte du Bouchage, Ministre de la Marine. The design for this side of the medal is signed Puymaurin. The reverse of the medal shows the bust of Louis XVIII, designed by F. Andrieu.

Marquess of Milford Haven, 'British and Foreign Naval Medals', 188.

Price (AUD): $3,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #4204892

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