Historical and Commemorative Medals
 Collection of Benjamin Weiss


by (?): France, 1616, Bronze (cast), 52 mm
Obv: Bust of Antoine de Loménie AN[toine]. DELOMENIE C[hevalier]. CON[seiller]. ET SECR[étaire]. DESTAT (Antoine de Loménie, Knight, Adviser and Secretary of State)
Rev: Angel crowning St Anthony; in background a view of a city INTEMERATA FIDES (Pure Fidelity)
Dated 1616 under truncation
After cast?
Ref: Possibly by "S" Medallist (Jones, II p. 290); Mazerolle II, no. 871; see also Forrer I, p. 658;  Weiss BW104

Antoine de Loménie (1559-1638) held the position of  Les secrétaires d'État de la Maison du Roi – Secretary of State of the King's Household – from 1606-1638, and seigneur de la Ville aux Clercs – Secretary of State for the Navy – from 1613 to 1615, during the reign of Louis XIII. He was one of the early French patrons of medallic art. There is an invaluable collection of the affairs of state during his period which was placed in the Library of King Louis XIV. Transcripts of French State Papers, collected by Antoine de Loménie and copied for Jean Baptiste Colberto, are housed in the British Library Manuscript Collections as the Loménie Collection.