Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
LOUIS XVI AND MARIE ANTOINETTE : BIRTH OF THE DAUPHIN
DUVIVIER, Benjamin: France, 1782, Silver, 74 mm
This medal commemorates the visit of the royal couple to Paris on the occasion of the birth of Louis-Joseph Xavier Francois, Dauphin of France (1781-1789). (The Dauphin is the title given to the heir apparent of the throne of France.) He was the second child and first son of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette of Austria. When Louis-Joseph died in 1789 at the age of seven of tuberculosis, the title of Dauphin passed to his younger brother Louis-Charles, Duke of Normandy (1785–1795), who survived his father but died in prison at the age of ten.