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Series IX. Commemorative Medals, Coins, Badges, and Plaques Depicting Lafayette. [series]:
Half of our medals come from the private collection of Cornell first president, A.D. White [from now on referred to as "White", who acquired them from Henry Chapman, a noted numismatist from Philadelphia . The other half was acquired by Cornell Library in 1966 from the Parisian antiquarian Marcel Blancheteau ["referred to as "Blancheteau"]. "O" stands for "obverse", "R" for "reverse". "Olivier" stands for a catalog issued in 1932 with the title "Iconographie metallique du general Lafayette; essai de repertoire des medailles, medaillons et jetons frappes à son nom ou à son effigie tant en France qu'en Amerique, par le dr P. Olivier". Its records most of the medals coined in the honor of Lafayette between 1781 and 1931 (RMC, DC146.L16 O49 +.)

The collection is available only by appointment with the head of the division, or the curator of the French collections.