Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss

(Harmony Restored)

DASSIER, Jean: Swiss, 1738, Bronze, 55 mm
Obv: Large shield bearing the arms of Geneva flanked by Geneva holding an open bible, inscribed    BIBLI A SACRA, and winged Mercury with instruments in one hand and an orb in the other. A mantel clock, scroll and artists pallet are on the ground     POST TENEBRAS LUX. (After the Darkness, the Light). Above, the sun inscribed   IHS.
Exergue:  REIPUB. TUTAMINA. (Protection of the Republic)
Rev: Justice, holding scales, and Strength with a staff upon which the cap of Liberty rests, walk in a Genevese square in front of City Hall     NON ALITER STABILIS. (Neither Is Stable Without the Other).
Exergue:  CONCORDIA GENEVAE RESTITUTA. 1738 (Geneva's Harmony is Restored)
Signed: I.D.
From Jean Dassier's Geneva Series
Ref: Forrer I, p.515; Thompson 46/04;  Weiss BW053

In the eighteenth century, Geneva had developed a system of government whereby its inhabitants were divided into three classes: the citizens by birth, who were entitled to citizenship and who were eligible to all offices; the bourgeois, who were able to attend the great council but who could not be members of the small, executive council nor hold public office; and the householders or commoners , who had no rights to citizenship whatsoever. At a certain point dissatisfaction towards this form of government emerged, the bourgeois and citizens revolted, and disorder broke out. This medal commemorates the quelling of such disorders and the restoration of harmony in Geneva. (from Thompson)

See also the medal by Jean Duvivier, Peace of Geneva,  which commemorates the same event.