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Napoléon III and Victor Emmanuel: Victory of Solferino

French
1859


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.793

Medium or Technique

Metal; gilt copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon III (1808-1873), emperor of France, and Victor Emmanuel (1820-1878), commemorating victory of Solferino with hanging loop and ring attached at top.

Obverse: Eagle above and lion supporting shield below with two inset medallions: profile bust of Victor Emmanuel at proper left looking to proper right, wearing laureate crown, and profile bust of Napoléon III at proper right looking to proper left; inscribed at edge of each inset medallion: at proper left “V.EMMANUEL” and at proper right “NAPOLEON III”.

Reverse: Inscribed at edge “GUERRE DE L’INDEPENDENCE ITALIENNE” and in wreath “BATAILEE/LE SOLFERION/GAGNEE/LE 24 JUIN/1859”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge of each inset medallion: at proper left "V.EMMANUEL" and at proper right "NAPOLEON III".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "GUERRE DE L'INDEPENDENCE ITALIENNE" and in wreath "BATAILEE/LE SOLFERION/GAGNEE/LE 24 JUIN/1859".

Provenance

By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Fay