DASSIER, Jean: Swiss, 1734, Bronze, 54 mm
Obv: Bust LUD. LE FORT REIP. GENEV. CONSUL PRIMAR. ANN.
J734. AET. 66 (Louis Le Fort, First Consul of the Republic of Geneva in
the Year 1734 at Age 66)
Rev: City of Geneva (Liberty), leaning on shield bearing the arms of
Geneva, holding staff with Cap of Liberty, a Cornucopia at her feet, and
holding a Bible; four Putti to right with symbols representing Government
(Union) (holding fasces and a heart), Science (standing behind a lectern
reading a book, a globe on the right), Commerce (writing an address on a
bundle of goods), and the Arts (painting Liberty’s portrait on an easel).
Above, a radiant sun with a central eye representing Providence.
DEI NUMINE. (In the Name of God)
Signed: I. DASSIER. F.
Exergue: JURA CIVIUM ASERTA ANNO 1734 (The Rights of
the Citizens Affirmed in the Year 1734)
From Jean Dassier’s Geneva Series HISTOIRE MÉTALLIQUE OF GENEVA
Ref: Molinari 87/329; Forrer I, 516; Thompson 45/01; Haller II, 1911;
Europese Penningen # 1803; Eisler II, 93/1, Variant II; Weiss
Louis Le Fort (1668-1748) was Chief Burgomaster of Geneva. This is one of
the medals executed by Jean Dassier to emphasize the lead Henry IV of France
took, along with Bern and Zurich, in mediating the guarantee of Geneva’s
For a detailed description of the iconography and history of this medal
see Eisler II, pp. 41-48.