SOLD ITEM 5317 - Thevenins Prise de la Bastille le 14 Juillet 1789 silver medal

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French silver medal Thevenin's Prise de la Bastille le 14 Juillet 1789. This silver medal measures 3 and one eighth inches across and one quarter inch thick, weighs 190 grams. "On the morning of 14 July 1789, a crowd advanced on the Bastille, the state prison. Their purpose to was to ask the governor to release the prisoners and deliver the weapons held in the building. The governor was evasive and the people stormed the fortress. The medal vividly captures the scene, showing the garrison firing onto the crowd pouring into the building over the broken drawbridge and the National Guard opening a breach in the wall. The revolutionary government subsequently demolished the Bastille, thereby reinforcing the idea of overturning the old order and beginning the "era of liberty", though the excesses of the revolution led to chaos and often to unjustified executions." taken from
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