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Napoléon Bonaparte: Battle of Marengo

French
1800
Design attributed to Andrea Appiani (Italian, 1754–1817)


Mint: Milan, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Bramsen 42.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 52 mm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.27

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), first consul of France, commemorating the battle of Marengo (1800).

Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “BONAPARTE PRIMVS CONSVL” and “ANNO VIII” and under bust “LAVY”.

Reverse: Nude man at proper right helping up fallen woman at proper left, wearing a classical dress and a winged victory in background writing on a tablet; inscribed at edge “XII MVNITISSIMIS OPPIDIS VNA DIE AD DEDITIONEM COACTIS”, on tablet “HOSTERVS/PROPE/MARENGVM/FVSIS”, below “A.A.PP.INV L.F”, and in exergue “RESPVBLICA CISALPINA/RESTITVTA”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "BONAPARTE PRIMVS CONSVL" and "ANNO VIII" and under bust "LAVY".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "XII MVNITISSIMIS OPPIDIS VNA DIE AD DEDITIONEM COACTIS", on tablet "HOSTERVS/PROPE/MARENGVM/FVSIS", below "A.A.PP.INV L.F", and in exergue "RESPVBLICA CISALPINA/RESTITVTA".

Provenance

By 1927, Bernard Coffin Weld; 1927, gift of Bernard Coffin Weld to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 6, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Coffin Weld