Medal for the Council of Ancients, Silver Medal (for the first session)
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Following the end of the National Convention in 1795, a new government (The Directory) was formed under a new constitution. The new legislature was divided into two separate bodies – the Council of Ancients (the upper house), and the Council of Five Hundred (the lower house). This Medal was created on the opening day of the legislature, and was worn by all 250 members of the Council of Ancients.
The Medal was awarded in five sessions of the Council of Ancients; the first session occurred on October 28, 1795; the second session was on May 20, 1797; the third session was on May 20, 1798; the fourth session was on May 20, 1799; and finally, the fifth session was on May 21, 1800.
The Medal may have had two grades, although it is uncertain if this is accurate, or what distinction was made between them. It is more likely that versions with different compositions are merely a result of later production.
The Medals awarded in the first session have space above the reverse inscription where the council member's name could be inscribed, although it was often left blank.
The obverse inscription translates to “French Republic, Council of Ancients,” and the reverse inscription translates to “Representative of the People.”
The Medal for the Council of Ancients is translated from the French "Medaille des Conseil des Anciens."
Obv: REB. FR. CONSEIL DES ANCIENS Rev: REPRESENTANT. DU PEUPLE.
The Medal image is reproduced from Michel Hennin, Histoire numismatique de la Révolution française : , ou Description raisonnée des médai...
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