101677 | MEXICO. Empire. Maximiliano I silver Medal.

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    101677 | MEXICO. Empire. Maximiliano I silver Medal. Issued 1865. The restoration of the Imperial Order of Our Lady of Guadalupe (28mm, 8.08 g, 6h). By C. Ocampo.

     

    MAXIMILIANO EMPERADOR, bare head left / NON FECIT TALITER OMNI NATIONI, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as represented on the venerated cloak enshrined with the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Edge: Plain.

     

    Grove 117a. Choice About Uncirculated. Deeply toned. A scarce medal from the brief Empire of Maximilian.

     

    Emanating from five Marian apparitions in December 1531 and a subsequent venerated image upon a cloak, the Virgin of Guadalupe is a Catholic title associated with the Virgin Mary in Mexico. The cloak resides in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, and is the world's third-most visited sacred site—and the first in the Catholic World. During the brief Empire of Maximiliano, an imperial order was restored in the Virgin's honor, it having been first created under Mexico's first empire and emperor, Agustín I Iturbide. Maximiliano was of Austrian descent from the mighty Habsburg ruling family (he was a younger brother of Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph), installed as emperor under the auspices of the French, the latter hoping to extend their influence in Mexico. The empire was short lived, however, as Maximiliano was dethroned a little after three years, being captured and executed by Republican forces.

     

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