Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès (1817-1880)

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Date 1969
Metal bronze
Shape round
Weight 71 g
Dimensions 50 mm
Marks corne
Medallist  C. Lesot
Rarity scarce

Obverse: Hippolyte Mege-Mouries 1817-1880

Reverse: 1969 / centenaire / de la / margarine / brevet déposé par / Mege-Mouries / le 15 juillet 1869

Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès was born in Draguignan in 1817. He learned pharmacy and went to Paris to finalize his studies. He worked at the Hotel-Dieu hospital. In 1869, Napoleon III offered a price to whom could discover a substitute to butter for naval forces and poor people. Mège-Mouries worked on the challenge and discovered the margarine for which he filed a patent.

This medal was struck in 1969 to commemorate the centennial of margarine.