France: Jewish Charitable Society 25th Anniv. medal by Rasumny, 1907
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France: Jewish Charitable Society 25th Anniversary, 1907; cast bronze medal by French engraver Felix Rasumny; 55mm, 71.95g: depicts image of well-composed people seeking assistance from a poetically dressed female "clerk" on obv. and an engraved dedication to "Monsieur G. Straus, Honorary President and Founder" on the occation of the 25th Anniversary (1882-1907) of the "Société Israélite de Bienfaisance". 

Ethnic and religious charitable societies were widespread in France during the latter half of the 19th Century and first third of the 20th; although this medal cannot presently be traced to a specific city or country (France, Belgium, Luxembourg), as Rasumny was a French artist, it may be safe to surmise that the medal is French (the phrase "Société Israélite de Bienfaisance" is generic and such societies can be traced to numerous cities, including in French North Africa).

Though not featured in Daniel Friedenberg's books, and Forrer's dictionary does not mention if Rasumny was Jewish, this is possible as among his large body of work he also made a medal to commemorate Alfred Dreyfuss (1898). In VF-EF, with light holder residue on the top left of the reverse.

מילות מפתח: מדליות מוסדות עמותה עמותות יהודיות בית בתי ספר מרכז קהילתי צרפת יודאיקה יוקאיכה