1067280 | FRANCE. Napoleon III. (1845-60) AR Medal. PCGS SP63.
Edge: (hand) ARGENT. 50mm. 66.57gm. UNIVERSITE - DE FRANCE// FACULTE DE MEDECINE. Allegorical figure standing with Staff of Hermes (caduceus) before a patient laying on a table /
ECOLE PRATIQUE/ PARIS 1853/ 2e PRIX/... Engraved inscription within branches. cf. Brett.-2712.
Second place prize medal from the medical faculty to Mr. Frederic Jules Albert Porchat, born 9 March 1828 in Lausanne (Swiss).
Housed in an oversized holder.
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In antiquity, Mercury's rod; a wand entwisted by two serpents, borne by Mercury as an ensign of quality and office. On medals the caduceus is a symbol of good conduct, peace and prosperity. The rod represents power; the serpents, wisdom; and the two wings diligence and activity.