100780 | FRANCE. Compagnie des messageries maritimes bronze Medal.
100780 | FRANCE. Compagnie des messageries maritimes bronze Medal. Issued 1954. Laos and the Far East private field of the company (59mm, 106.62 g, 12h). By R. Tschudin at the Paris Mint.
Laotian female facing slightly left; tropical plant to left, dragon statue to right; LAOS below / COMPAGNIE DES MESSAGERIES MARITIMES, company arms. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Gem Mint State. Attractive olive-bronze surfaces, with an underlying luster and incredible relief; includes original box of issue. Compare to a similar example in iNumis (May 2012), lot 352 (which realized a hammer of €240 [plus buyer's fee]).
The Compagnie des messageries maritimes was founded in 1851 as a French merchant shipping company, ultimately reaching its zenith between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the beginning of World War I—a period of rapid French colonial expansion. Though it had shipping operations throughout the world, the Far East had become the company's private field, with Saigon in Vietnam becoming one of its second home ports. This medal points to the Far East shipping dominion, analogous to other French art medals for passenger shipping lines and their various destination routes.