1059497 | FRANCE. Louis XVI.
(King, 1774-1793). "1784" Bronzed Copper Medal. PCGS SP63.
By A. Pajou. Edge: Plain. 51mm. 58.81gm. AUDACIA FELIX. Two balloons in flight /
Nine-line inscription within circle of stars. Malpas 6; Button 3; Unlisted in Emperor; Médailles françaises p. 283, 38.
To commemorate the first manned flights in hydrogen hot air balloons. Original striking with plain edge.
Housed in an oversized holder.
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Les Frères Robert were two French brothers. Anne-Jean Robert (1758–1820) and Nicolas-Louis Robert (1760–1820) were the engineers who built the world's first hydrogen balloon for professor Jacques Charles, which flew from central Paris on August 27, 1783. They went on to build the world's first manned hydrogen balloon, and on 1 December 1783 Nicolas-Louis accompanied Jacques Charles on a 2-hour, 5-minute flight. Their barometer and thermometer made it the first balloon flight to provide meteorological measurements of the atmosphere above the Earth's surface. [Wikipedia]