1055567 | GREECE. Jean-Gabriel Eynard.
(Swiss banker, 1775-1863). 1830 Medal. PCGS SP65.
By Peuvrier. Paris. Edge: Plain. 41.84mm. 35.93gm. Bust, left /
L'AMI DES/ GRECS. Legend on two lines, date below. Unlisted in Wurzbach.
Chief of the Philhellens. Greek War of Independence, 1821-1830.
Please use this link to verify the PCGS certification number 37215646 Jean-Gabriel Eynard although belonging to a family who had settled in Switzerland since the 17th century was actually born in Lyon, France, where his father owned a business. During the French Revolution the family fled France and took refuge in Rolle, Switzerland. In 1795, Jean-Gabriel and his brother Jacques went to Genoa where both headed a flourishing business.
Being a friend of Ioannis Kapodistrias, he was very enthusiastic for the cause of the Greeks during the Greek War of Independence. He was the chief of the Philhellens community in Europe, and aided the revolutionaries financially. For his services to this cause, he was made a Greek citizen. He advised the new state. His recommendation of Otho of Bavaria for the throne of Greece was adopted. In 1842, he became one of the co-founders of the National Bank of Greece. .