Regarding the 1848 rebus puzzle medal submitted by Philip Mernick, Francois Velde writes:
Regarding the rebus medal, it is in Saulcy but he does not solve the puzzle. See this inumis.com auction lot for a better picture and
the answer. It contains praise for the comte de Chambord (grandson of the dethroned Charles X, presented as an alternative to the Second
To read the complete lot description, see: Lot 1717 - Henri V, médaille
rébus -Tous les bras sont ouverts etc-, 1848 Paris
Pete Smith writes:
I got bored with rebuses about shoes on old currency. However, show me a French rebus on an old medal and you have my attention. This
is my interpretation of the Rebus:
Tout les bras sont ouverts tout les coeurs sont a toi
La Republique blanche enfante la misere
La Republic rouge amene la terreur
Henry IV le Bearnais des Frances fit le Bonheur
En nous leguant son filsle modele du pere
Since there may be some E-Sylum readers who don't speak French, I offer this translation:
All our heart and arms are open to you
The White Republic begets misery
The Red Republic brings terror
Henry IV of the Bearnais Frances brought Happiness
Bequeathing us his model of the father
This was much easier than identifying a painting recovered by the Monuments Men that was not recovered by the Monuments Men.
Scott Miller writes:
The rebus medal is listed in Catalogue Général Illustré des Éditions de la Monnaie de Paris. volume 2 De la 1ere à la 3e République,
p. 169 I
Dated to 1848, it depicts the Comte de Chambered on the obverse with the legend TOUS. LES . BRAS. SONT. OUVERTS. TOUS. LES CŒURS.
SONT. A. TOI.
The reverse reads LA RÉPUBLIQUE. BLANCHE. ENFANTE. LA MISÈRE. / LA RÉPUBLIQUE. ROUGE. AMÈNE. LA. TERREUR. / HENRI. LE. BÉARNAIS. DES.
FRANÇAIS. FIT. LE. BONHEUR. / EN. NOUS. LÉGUANT. SON. FILS. LE. MODÈLE. DU. PÈRE
David T. Alexander writes:
I was delighted to stumble upon Brother Mernick's 1848 rebus medal in the last E-Sylum. It is indeed as medal of the
revolutions (plural) of February-June 1848 and portrays the Legitimist pretender to the French throne, Henri V, otherwise the "Child
of the Miracle," Duc de Bordeaux or Comte de Chambord (1824-1883). Grandson of King Charles X, last ruling king of the senior line
of the House of Bourbon, Henri was born after the assassination of his father the Duc de Berri by republican fanatic Louvel.
The birth was greeted with wild enthusiasm, even by those who did not warmly support the king.
Henri went into exile with his grandfather in 1830 but maintained a lively claim against his usurping cousin "Citizen King"
Louis Philippe, against the Second Republic, Napoleon III and the Third Republic. He was actually offered the crown by the National
Assembly of the infant Third Republic, which had a monarchist majority. The childless Henri was to adopt his rival the Comte de Paris and
accept the Tricolor flag. At the last minute he rejected the deal and returned to exile, dying in 1883. This almost insane act of
principle was recalled on as medal commemorating his death with the epitaph, "He was not only a great King, HE WAS AN HONEST
However that may have been, the 1848 rebus translates as follows: Obverse:
"Toutes les bras sont ouverts, tous les coers sont a Toi, All Arms are open to You, all hearts are yours." Reverse:
"La Republique blanche, enfant de la misere, la Republique rouge amene la terreur; Henri le Bearnais des Francais fit la bonheur, en
nous leguant son fils le modele du Pere." he White (bourgeoise) Republic is the Child of Misery, the Red Republic the Friend of
Terror; Henri the Bearnais of the French brings good fortune, in us, his sons find the model father."
DeSaulcy plate 60, 5, sculptor Raymond Gayrard. This medal is still struck by the Paris Mint; my 41mm, 36.03 gram example with
flying-A privy mark was purchased in 1975 via the Bulletin of the Club Francais de la Medaille while I was on the staff of Coin
World and World Coins magazine.
Scott Miller adds:
A similar piece was included in a Heritage sale, ex- Robert Myers. I actually remember when Bob bought that medal. He was very pleased
with it and sent me a photo.
To view the complete lot description, see: France:
Bronze Medals of Pretender Henri V, Comte de Chambord....
On the topic of Rebus medals, Ron Haller-Williams pointed out this eBay lot of a large French rebus medal by Marcel Jean from 1978.
This medal has been minted in 1978 as a REBUS.
This medal has been designed by the French medalist, Marcel JEAN.
av. Rebus; AU SEUILDE L’AN NEUF AGREE (AGREEZ) MES VŒUX, os œeil 2 Laon 9 agres (gree) M’Eve œufs (cinq serres).
rv. Autre rebus; MEILLEURS SOUHAITS, “Mai” HEURES sous Haie.
In exergue; REBUS DE NOËL ET DE NOUVEL AN, raie buse 2 NO-aile e NOU / NOU v’elan.
diameter – 100 mm (3¼“)
weight – 397.50 gr, (14.02 oz)
metal – bronze, GILDED
To read the complete lot description, see:
France, Rebus medal by Marcel Jean, 100mm (www.ebay.com/itm/401014462770)
France, Rebus medal by Marcel Jean, 100mm (www.ebay.co.uk/itm/401014462770)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
REBUS PUZZLE ON 1848 MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n46a17.html)
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