David Gladfelter submitted these notes on the Order of the St. Eligius Brotherhood of Numismatists. Thanks! -Editor
Claude Proulx, co-founder with Marcel Binette and Robert H. James of l’Ordre de la Confrérie des Numismates de Saint-Eloi (Order of
the St. Eligius Brotherhood of Numismatists), whose web site you featured in last week’s E-Sylum, designed this beautiful cast pewter medal of the
patron saint of numismatists.
Eligius was the master of the royal mint at Limoges during the reigns of Kings Dagobert I and II. His name (spelled as Eligi) appears on
some of the coins.
The medal design was taken from a coin plated in [François] Le Blanc’s Traité Historique des Monnoyes de France (Amsterdam,
Pieter Mortier, 1692)
The Brotherhood maintains a library and a museum. Claude resides in Val-David, Québec. Since my wife’s name is Valerie, I teased
him about his town being named after us. Now we are both in our 80s and, I regret to say, I have not yet met Claude or visited his town.
Hopefully before long. He says that the cross country skiing is good there.
How many numismatists have their own medal on their book plates?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
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