101851 | VIETNAM & FRANCE. Compagnie des messageries maritimes bronze Medal.
101851 | VIETNAM & FRANCE. Compagnie des messageries maritimes bronze Medal. Issued 1952. Vietnam and the Far East private field of the company (58mm, 110.63 g, 12h). By R. Tschudin at the Paris Mint.
Incense altar between two coiled dragons / COMPAGNIE DES MESSAGERIES MARITIMES, company arms; in two lines in exergue, VIET–NAM / MCMLII. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Ruedas (Marine) 110. Choice Mint State. Brown-bronze surfaces, with some light green patina accentuating the devices. Compare to a similar example in the Fall 2021 Stack's Bowers Hong Kong sale, which realized a total of $780 (lot 30105).
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.
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