I wasn't sure where to post this thread but Ancient Coins seemed to be the best place. Many years ago I bought this medal at a Johnson & Jensen Medal auction & kept it because of the beautiful portrait of Minerva, see photos below. The medal was struck at the Paris Mint, designed by Rambert Dumarest (1750-1806), & presented to a famous playwright, Henri Meilhac, in 1888. The medal is silver, weighs 65.08 gm, is 50 mm in diameter, is struck in high relief, & blessed with a fine patina. The Roman goddess Minerva & the Greek goddess Athena are one in the same, however, the Romans didn't stress her attributes of battle & warfare like the Greeks did, instead they focused on her attributes of science, art & trade. One thing that always puzzled me was the spelling of Meilhac's first name on this medal as HENRY instead of Henri, as he was known at that time. Could this be an engravers error? Silver presentation medals from the French Institute are quite rare & bronze specimens are not common either. Neither Johnson or Jensen could offer a plausible explanation for the spelling on the medal, but did stand by their attribution. Do CoinTalk members have any thoughts on this?