Decoration of Department Administrators, Gold Medal (unstamped)
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The Decoration of Department Administrators was instituted by the National Assembly on July 12, 1792.
The Gold Medal was worn by department administrators in order to ensure their recognition and authority.
The Decoration is classified into two types according to the government under which they were worn. Type I Decorations were worn during the National Assembly and Type II Decorations were worn during the National Convention. It is likely that the Decoration was changed with the establishment of the new government, and it is certain that Type II Decorations were worn in the National Convention at the end of 1793, although the exact date of the change from the previous Type is unknown.
There were two different versions of Type II Decorations which differ in engraving.
The first version has an obverse inscription that translates to “French Republic, Liberty, Equality,” and a reverse inscription that translates to “Respect the Law.” The second version has an obverse inscription that translates to “Respect the Law, The Rights Of Man Article 1,” and a reverse inscription that translates to “Respect the Law.” The second version also has an abbreviation of "French Republic" inscribed in the ribbon on both the obverse and reverse.
The Decoration of Department Administrators is translated from French "Decoration des Administreurs de Depertement."
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