100329 | FRANCE. Napoleon I bronze Medal.
100329 | FRANCE. Napoleon I bronze Medal. Dated 1805. The Column of the Grand Army (Colonne de la grande Armée) in Wimille (40mm, 37.87 g, 1h). By Andrieu, Denon & Brenet in Paris.
NAPOLEON EMP ET ROI, laureate head right / COLONNE DE LA GRAND ARMÉE, view of the column between flanking pavilions; CAMPAGNE DE / MDCCCV in two lines in exergue. Edge: Plain.
Bramsen 463; Julius 1482; d'Essling 1118; Zeitz 71. Choice Mint State. Rich chocolate brown surfaces, with an alluring underlying luster and cartwheel radiance.
Continuing the display of captured ancient and renaissance treasures from Italy, a problem was encountered when massive works, such as the Arch of Septimius Severus and Column of Trajan, could not be transported to France. A solution was found simply by re-creating these monuments, the former being represented by the Arc de Triomphe and the latter, the subject of this medal, by the Column of the Grand Army.
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