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1841, France (2nd Kingdom). Octagonal Silver "Reims Academy" Medal. AU-UNC!

Mint Year: 1841 Mint Place: Paris Medallist: Pingret    Condition: Minor contact-marks in fields, otherwise AU--UNC! Denomination: Octagonal Medal - Academy of Reim, 6th December 1841.  Weight: 19.14gm Diameter: 37mm Material: Silver

Obverse: Wreathed Victory seated left, holding wreath and inscribed tablet. An open book is leaned against the back her chair. The cathedral and the abbey of Saint Remigius (the first bishop of Reims) is visible in background at sides.. Legend: SERVARE ET AUGERE ("Preserve and increase.") Exergue: VI Dbre MDCCCXLI ("6th of December, 1841.")

Reverse: Inscription in three lines within wreath. Legend: ACADEMIE DE REIMS ("Academy of Reims") The Reims Academy is an educational district, managed by a rector. It brings together the schools of the Ardennes, Aube, Marne and Haute-Marne departments. The rectorate is located in Reims.

Notre-Dame de Reims (meaning "Our Lady of Reims"), sometimes known in English as Rheims Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the French city of the same name, the archiepiscopal see of the Archdiocese of Reims. The cathedral was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was the traditional location for the coronation of the kings of France.

The cathedral church is thought to have been founded by the bishop Nicasius in the early 5th century. Clovis was baptized a Christian here by Saint Remigius, the bishop of Reims, about a century later. He was the first Frankish king to receive this sacrament. Construction of the present Reims Cathedral began in the 13th century and concluded in the 15th century. A prominent example of High Gothic architecture, it was built to replace an earlier church destroyed by fire in 1210. Although little damaged during the French Revolution, the present cathedral saw extensive restoration in the 19th century. It was severely damaged during World War I and the church was again restored in the 20th century.

Since the 1905 law on the separation of church and state, the cathedral has been owned by the French state, while the Catholic church has an agreement for its exclusive use. The French state pays for its restoration and upkeep. The cathedral, a major tourist destination, receives about one million visitors annually. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

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