Jean Varin

Dates1596 - 1672

From a family of medalists and sculptors, Jean Varin surpassed them all by becoming one of France's most famous medalists in the first half of the 1600s. He was born in Liège but moved to Paris while in his early twenties. From 1636 until 1670, Varin had a near monopoly on the production of coins and commemorative tokens made for the courts of Louis XIII and Louis XIV. He produced medals in both bronze and gold, including portraits of Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Cardinal Richelieu, and Anne of Austria, and historical or allegorical representations that marked the important events of the reign of Louis XIV.