Jacques-Jean Barre

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Portrait of Jacques-Jean Barre, from Album du Salon de 1840 by Jean Baptiste Marius Augustin Challamel, Paris, 1840
Ceres series designed by Jean-Jacques Barre / 1849 1850 / 3e stamp of France

Jean-Jacques Barre (3 August 1793 in Paris-10 June 1855 in Paris) was the general engraver at the Monnaie de Paris between 1842 and 1855. In this position, he engraved and designed French medals, the Great Seal of France, bank notes and postage stamps, as well as the first Swiss coinage which was initially minted there.

He is named Jean-Jacques Barre in numismatic publications and Jacques-Jean Barre in philatelic ones.

From the late 1840s until 1855, he created the first two French postage stamp designs: the Ceres series and Napoleon III series.

His two sons, artists themselves, succeeded him at the post of general engraver:

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