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(1852-1860) Chambre D'Agriculture du Bas Canada Silver Award Medal. Leroux-610, McLachlan-140, Charlton EQCA-6. VF.

(1852-1860) Chambre D'Agriculture du Bas Canada Silver Award Medal. Leroux-610, McLachlan-140, Charlton EQCA-6. VF.

195.00

41mm. 36.4 grams. The obverse features arms of the society (livestock and farming vignettes) with cornucopias at each side and a beaver and maple leaves above, the legend CHAMBRE D’AGRICULTURE DU BAS CANADA at the upper border, and CRÉÉE EN 1852 below. The reverse displays a trumpeting angel with a crown in her left hand. The motto above reads EXPOSITION PROVINCIALE AGRICOLE. The maker’s mark, CAQUÉ GR DE L’EMPEREUR is at the lower reverse border. The edge is marked ARGENT with a pointing hand Paris mintmark that indicates this pieces struck prior to Oct. 31, 1860.

McLachlan wrote in the January 1881 issue of the American Journal of Numismatics:

Previous to 1852 there were a number of local agricultural societies organized, to foster the agricultural interests of the Province, but these societies were not officially recognized until the institution of the Council of Agriculture. Since then, the agricultural departments of the Provincial Exhibitions have been under its charge. The design on the reverse is highly appropriate, while the obverse is characteristic of French exhibition medals. They seem rather fond of the herald, for the Dominion medal struck in France bears the same design.

This example is attractively toned with ice-blue and lavender patina over flashy fields. High-point friction and scattered abrasions occur on each side, and there are couple of rim bumps of note. Still a terrific early Canadian medal with good eye appeal.

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