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Gold-plated Medal of Napoleon Bonaparte as the First Consul of the French Republic

Pierre Simon Benjamin Duvivier

Ossoliński National Institute

Ossoliński National Institute
Wrocław, Poland

This medal commemorates the brief period in French history when the future Emperor Napoleon I served as First Consul of the Republic (1799–1804). It was produced to celebrate the erection of the National Column on Place Vendôme in Paris in 1800.

Details

  • Title: Gold-plated Medal of Napoleon Bonaparte as the First Consul of the French Republic
  • Creator: Pierre Simon Benjamin Duvivier
  • Date Created: 1800
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Obverse: In an oval medallion is the bust of Napoleon facing right. Around it, an inscription: BONAPARTE PREMIER CONSUL DE LA REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE [Bonaparte, the First Consul of the French Republic], under the medallion are inscriptions in 2 arcs: CAMBACERES SECOND CONSUL / LEBRUN TROISIEme CONSUL [Cambaceres second consul, Lebrun third consul]. Reverse: inscription in 7 lines: PREMIERE PIERRE / DE LA COLONNE NATION / POSEE PAR / LUCIEN BONAPARTE / MINISTRE DE L'INTERIEUR / 25 MESSIDOR AN 8 / 14 IUILLET 1800 [cornerstone of the national column laid by Lucien Bonaparte, Minister of the Interior, 25 messiador of the year 8, 14 July 1800], above in an arc inscription: LE PEUPLE FRANÇAIS A SES DEFENSEURS [The French people to their defenders]; weight 43.696 g; diameter 54.5 mm
  • Provenance: Purchased in 1963
  • Type: Medal
  • Medium: Gold-plated brass, cast and chiselling

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