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1789, France (Nat.Assembly), Louis XVI.   Silver "Abolition of Feudalism" Medal. 112gm!

Mint Year: 1789 Mint Place: Paris References: Julius 49, Henin 59. Medallists: Du Vivier & Gatteaux  Condition: Cleaned/lightly polished, otherwise a nice XF-AU! Denomination: Medal - The Abolition of his Privileges by the National Assembly on 4th of August 1789. Mint Year: 1789 (here a 19th century re-strike with the cornucopia privy mark on edge, which was in use from 1880-1966!)  Weight: 112.25gm  Diameter: 64mm Material: Silver

Obverse: Draped bust of Louis XVI right. Medallist´s signature (R.DU VIVIER S.) below. Legend: LOUIS XVI RESTAURATEUR DE LA LIBERTE FRANÇAISE   Reverse: Members of the National Assembly swear oath around central column with inscription ("For the fatherland."). Scrolls  on ground. Columns of a classical building with crowds cheering outside in backgorund. Legend: ABANDON DE TOUTS LES PRIVILEGES ("Abandonment of all privileges.") Exergue: ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE IV. AOUT MDCCLXXXIX Translated. "National Assembly, 6th of August, 1789."

One of the central events of the French Revolution was to abolish feudalism, and the old rules, taxes and privileges left over from the age of feudalism. The National Constituent Assembly, acting on the night of 4 August 1789, announced, "The National Assembly abolishes the feudal system entirely." It abolished both the seigneurial rights of the Second Estate (the nobility) and the tithes gathered by the First Estate (the Catholic clergy). The old judicial system, founded on the 13 regional parlements, was suspended in November 1789, and finally abolished in 1790. On 3 August 1789, the Duke d'Aiguillon proposed in the Club Breton the abolition of feudal rights and the suppression of personal servitude. On the evening of 4 August, the Viscount de Noailles proposed to abolish the privileges of the nobility to restore calm in French provinces. Members of the First Estate were at first reluctant to enter into the patriotic fervour of the night but eventually the Bishops of Nancy and Chartres sacrificed their titles. Guy Le Guen de Kerangal, the Viscount de Beauharnais, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph de Lubersac, the Bishop de La Fare proposed to suppress the Banalités, seigneurial jurisdictions, game-laws and ecclesiastic privileges.


Louis XVI or Louis-Auguste   de France (Versailles, 23 August 1754 - Paris, 21 January   1793) ruled as King of France and of Navarre from 1774 until 1791, and   then as King of the French from 1791 to 1793. Suspended and arrested   during the Insurrection of 10 August, he was tried by the National   Convention, found guilty of treason, and executed by guillotine on 21   January 1793. He was the only king of France to be executed.

Although Louis was beloved at first, his   indecisiveness and conservatism led some elements of the people of   France to eventually view him as a symbol of the perceived tyranny of   the Ancien Regime. After the abolition of the monarchy in 1793, the new   republican government gave him the surname Capet, a reference to the   nickname of Hugh Capet, founder of the Capetian dynasty, which the   revolutionaries wrongly interpreted as a family name. He was also   informally nicknamed Louis le Dernier (Louis the Last), a   derisive use of the traditional nicknaming of French kings. Today,   historians and French people in general have a more nuanced view of   Louis XVI, who is seen as an honest man with good intentions, but who   was probably unfit for the herculean task of reforming the monarchy, and   who was used as a scapegoat by the revolutionaries.

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