100430 | FRANCE. Napoleon I bronze Medal.
100430 | FRANCE. Napoleon I bronze Medal. Dated 1807. The Battle of Friedland (40mm, 38.18 g, 12h). By Andrieu & Galle in Paris.
NAPOLEON EMP ET ROI, laureate head right / Napoleon (as Mars) standing left, head lowered right, sheathing his sword; slain soldiers lying at his feet; inverted extinguished torch (representing war) to left, fledgling olive tree (representing peace) to right; in two lines in exergue, BATAILLE DE FRIEDLAND / XIV JUIN MDCCVII. Edge: Plain.
Bramsen 632; Julius 1737; d'Essling 1165; Zeitz 84. Gem Mint State. Sublime cherry-brown surfaces, with tremendous luster and razor sharp detail; a truly remarkable piece.
The Battle of Friedland was a decisive victory for Napoleon and the French, and caused Czar Aleksandr I of Russia to seek peace at Tilsit. Following this treaty, Napoleon experienced the height of his empire, as there was no longer a continental power to challenge him in Europe.
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