A group of 4 gold gild bronze commemorative Napoleonic medals and 1 gold gild bronze plaque custom mounted in a wooden case lined with blue velvet.
From the left to right:
1. Napoleon coronation medal. Medalist: MERLIN F.
OBVERSE: Napoleon borne upon a shield by four warriors. With the inscription; BONTE DE TITUS SAGESSE DE M. AURELE GENIE DE CHARLES M. / AU NOM DE PLUS GRAND DES HEROS FREMIT L'HYDRE BRITANNIQUE / MERLIN F.
REVERSE: a closed laurel wreath and with the inscription: NAPOLEON BONAPARTE LE TRES GLORIEVX ET TREY AVGVSTE EMPEREVR SE FAIT SACRER ET OINDRE A PARIS PAR PIE VII SOVVERAIN PONTIFE.
Rim marked. BRONZE with the hallmark Cornucopia (Head of Plenty) Paris Min.
Dimensions: 45 mm
Weight: 35.4 g
2. Napoleon, King of Italy. Medalist: Luigi Manfredini Wearing Iron Crown of Monza a ninth century crown of the Lombard kings.
Obverse: Napoleon Wearing Iron Crown of Monza; Inscription: NAPOLEONE RE D'ITALIA; (in exergue) LA ZECCA DI MILANO MAGGIO MDCCCV; Signed under the shoulder. L.M.
Reverse: (in margin) DIVENUTE COMPAGNE NELL'ORDINE NELLA FEDE NELLA PROSPERITA. The five shields on the present medal represent Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy, made up of the States of Milan, Venice, the Papal Legations, Modena, and Novarra.
Dimensions: 42 mm
3. Rextangular plaque MUSÉE DE LA LÉGION D'HONNEUR.
Napoleon Laureate head facing right enclosed by crowned Collar of the Legion of Honour flanked by two imperial eagles perched on cannon and holding by claws the ribbon with Inscription LOREAL ANIX 19 MAI 1809.
Signed in lower right: P. Moreau Vauthier Statuaire.
Signed in lower left: J.DE LA MORINERIE ARCHITECTE.
edge Rim marked. BRONZE with small triangle mark.
4. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte funeral in Paris, 15 December 1840. Medalist: Montagny.F.
OBVERSE: Napoleon Laureate head facing left .Inscription: NAPOLEON EMPEREUR. Signed under the shoulder MONTAGNY. F
Reverse depicting the funeral of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Inscription: FUNERAILLES DE L'EMPEREUR 15 DE. BRE 1840. Signed Montagny.F.
Rim marked.1969 BORONZE with the hallmark Cornucopia (Head of Plenty) Paris Mint
Dimensions: 100 mm x 660 mm
Weight: 247.8 g
5. Ordine Della Corona de Ferro, 'Foundation of the Imperial Order of the Iron Crown. Artist: Jean Pierre Droz.
Obverse: Laureate head of Napoleon facing left; around, NAPOLEON EMPEREUR ET ROI; below, DROZ F.
Reverse: At centre, the image of the Order, a Crown with oval image of Napoleon at centre, on which, eagle facing with wings spread loop attached to its head; around above, ORDINE DELLA CORONA DI FERRO; in exergue, FONDATO LI / 5 GIUGNO 1805.
Rim marked. FRANCE cornucopia privy mark and BRONZE.
Dimensions: 33 mm (Width).
Weight: 17.8 g
These superb quality medals, made of gold gild bronze, are struck with remarkable details. We were not able to find any information about the maker or the time they were made. I suppose they were restrike, during the middle of the 20th century in France ,since one of the medals is dated 1969, most likely by the original dies, possibly they were made in limited edition, on some Napoleonic anniversary. We acquired these medals, together with other Napoleonic artifacts, from one of the most important Canadian collections of Napoleonic, struck, memorabilia.
CONDITION: In good condition with very well preserved gold gilding.
Dimensions of the case: 42 cm x 13.5 x 5.7 cm (16 1/2 in x 10 7/8 in).
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