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1840 Bronze Medal: Napoleon's Death & Reburial

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1840 Bronze Medal: Napoleon's Death & Reburial

A VERY FINE BRONZE MEDAL COMMEMORATING THE DEATH OF NAPOLEON IN 1821 AND THE LATER TRANSPORT AND REBURIAL OF HIS REMAINS IN PARIS IN 1840. A very large bronze medal, approx. 2-1/2 inches (6.2 cm) in diameter and weighing 4.6 ounces (131 grams) and rendered in very high relief. The main side depicts a beautiful and restful Napoleon on his deathbed at Saint Helena on May 5, 1821, wearing a crown of Laurel in the neo-classic style of the Roman Ceasars, his head resting on a pillow. The inscription above reads: “SAINTE HELENE V MAI MDCCCXXI”. There is an extensive 4-line inscription below: “JE DESIRE QUE MES CENTRES REPOSENT SUR LES RORDS DE LA SEINE AU MILIEU DE OE PEUPLE FRANCAIS QUE J’AI TANT AIMÈ” The reverse side of the medal depicts the barge and transport of Napoleon’s remains to his final resting place at Les Invalides. The inscription above as follows: S.A.R. LE PRINCE DE JOINVILLE COMMANDANT DE LEXPEDITION and below: PASSAGE A ROUEN DES RESTES MORTELS DE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON LE X DECEMBRE MDCCCXL [1840] Unpolished, with a wonderful patina. This medal was issued in 1840 as a commemorative souvenir for Napoleon’s reburial when his remains were returned to Paris by request of King Louis-Philippe and ceremoniously reburied at the Invalides.

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