Born in Liège, Varin moved to Paris in 1626. After demonstrating talent as an engraver, he obtained the support of Cardinal Richelieu and in 1647 was appointed head of the French mint. Varin brought back the use of the screw press in the mint, and used it to produce the Louis d'or, a gold coin featuring a portrait of Louis XIII. In 1665, he was made a member of the Académie de peinture et de sculpture.
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- Painting of Louis XIV and Jean Varin
- Jean Varin in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website
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- Souchal, F. (2008). Warin, J. Encyclopædia Universalis France http://www.universalis.fr/encyclopedie/T324382/WARIN_J.htm