101560 | FRANCE. Paris. St. Bernard/Napoléon III bronze Medal.

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    101560  |  FRANCE. Paris. St. Bernard/Napoléon III bronze Medal. Issued 1861. Commemorating the consecration of the church (75mm, 256.87 g, 12h). By F. Chabaud at the Paris mint.

     

    NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR, laureate head left / CONSECRATION DE L'EGLISE St BERNARD LE 29 OCTOBRE 1861, frontal view of the church from the east. Edge: «hand» BRONZE..

     

    Divo 444. Choice Mint State. Exceptionally glossy and brilliant, with chocolate brown surfaces; a light mark in the reverse field to the right of the church prevents an even higher designation. An incredibly hefty, scarce, and impressive medal with great obverse relief and reverse detail.

     

    On account of the increased number of churchgoers in bustling mid-19th century Paris, the old church in the 18th arrondissment became too crowded, with a replacement being decreed by the city council in 1854. The first stone was laid in 1858, with the resulting church being completed and consecrated just three years later in 1861.

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