This is a wonderful and rare gold filled medals that were made in France in the early 1900's. Featuring the Warrior King, Vercingetorix on the front, and a rooster, with the word “Gallia” on the back, this is an exquisite antique medal in excellent condition. The medals was designed by the French sculptor, Edmond Henri Becker, and is in excellent condition for its age. The company that produced these medals did such a fine job with their 18kt gold fill that it is often mistaken for solid gold, and rarely shows signs of wear. Browse through my Antique Medals section to see more!
~ 29x32mm medal
~The medal is suspended from my signature oxidized sterling silver chain with gold filled accents
~Chain measures 22" and closes with a gold filled lobster claw clasp
A little history about the image on the front of the medal, received from Brittanica.com : Vercingetorix (82-46 BCE) was a Celtic chieftain of the Gallic tribe of the Arverni. (At the time, France was called "Gaul"). Vercingetorix led an uprising of his men to attempt Julius Caesar (and Rome) from overrunning their territory. While he fought gallantly, he was eventually captured and forced to surrender. He was later executed in Rome. The back of the medals depict a rooster, with the word "Gallia" beneath. According to www./franceintheus.org, the rooster is one of the national emblems of France. During the French Revolution, The Coq Gaulois (the Gallic Rooster) decorated French flags. The symbolism is also a play on words, since the Latin gallus means Gaul (France's name during ancient times) and also means "coq", the French word for rooster. This piece looks wonderful on their own, or layered with other medals of different sizes and on different lengths of chain. Visit the 'necklaces' section of my shop for more available!
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