Friday, 29 May 2020

Transit of Venus 1874 Medal


Transit of Venus 1874 Medal .

I recently came across this. In 1874 the French Academy of Sciences presented a medal to those Frenchmen who were engaged in observing the transit of Venus in 1874.

Does anyone know if there was an equivalent medal struck for British astronomers?

On the medal which relates to mythology it describes ‘Venus in the simple costume of the goddesses, passes before the car of Apollo, the god of the Sun, while science observes the phenomenon on the Earth and records the results’.

The legend is the composition of a member of the Academy of Inscriptions.

On the reverse of the medal is the following inscription

INSTITUT DE FRANCE
ACADEMIE DES SCIENCES
PASSAGE DE VENUS SUR LE SOLEIL
8-9 DECEMBER 1874



Medal designed by M. Alphee Dubois


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