Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


DASSIER, Jean: Swiss, 1740, Bronze, 42 mm
Obv: Bust of Ostervald in clerical robe IOH. FRID. AB OSTERVALD
Rev: Legend with radiant sun dispersing clouds above and palm branch spray below   ECCL: NEOCOM: PASTOR SOCIET: REG: IN ANGLIA AD PROPAG: EVANG: INSTITUTAE SOCIUS UT ET SOCIET: AD PROMOT: COGNIT: CHRISTIANAE NAT: XXIV NOV: AN: MDCLXIII (Pastor of the Church of Neufchatel, Member of the Royal Society in England Instituted for the Propagation of the Gospel, as Also of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: Born 24 Nov. 1663.)
Exergue: J.D.F. 1740
Signed: I.D. / J.D.F.
Ref: Eimer 82/555; MI ii, 557/184 (illustrated);  Weiss BW580

John Frederick Ostervald (1663-1747), a Christian teacher and author, was born at Neufchatel, Switzerland. He was pastor at the Reformed Church at Geneva from 1699 until his death. He was the author of many religious treatises, but his greatest and most important work was his translation of the Bible. His writings were translated into English, some of which were printed at the expense of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. (Med. Ill.) This medal commemorates him and his works.

According to Stacks, the medal has grainy surfaces from faulty planchet production, as is typical.