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1862-1863 FRANCE NAPOLEON THE MEXICO EXPEDITION SILVER CAMPAIGN MEDAL SUPERB For Sale


1862-1863 FRANCE NAPOLEON THE MEXICO EXPEDITION SILVER CAMPAIGN MEDAL SUPERB
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1862-1863 FRANCE NAPOLEON THE MEXICO EXPEDITION SILVER CAMPAIGN MEDAL SUPERB :
$475.00

1862-1863 FRANCE NAPOLEON THE MEXICO EXPEDITION SILVER CAMPAIGN MEDAL SUPERB !!

Medal for the Expedition to Mexico (Médaille de l’Expédition du Mexique), 1862-1863

Circular silver medal with pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the laurel-crowned head of Emperor Napoleon III facing left, circumscribed ‘NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR’ and signed ‘BARRE’ (for Albert Désiré Barre, 1818-1878), within laurel wreath border; the reverse inscribed with the names of the battles ‘CUMBRES, CERRO-BORREGO, SAN-LORENZO, PUEBLA, MEXICO’, a small anchor below, circumscribed ‘EXPEDITION DU MEXIQUE 1862-1863’ within laurel wreath border, eagle head hallmark at the base; on original embroidered ribbon. The medal was instituted by Imperial decree on 29 August 1863 to be awarded to participants in the French Expeditionary Corps whose purpose was to create a French-dominated empire in Mexico under Archduke Maximilian of Austria. With Mexico weakened and the United States engulfed by civil war, following a Mexican default on its debt, Spanish, British and French troops landed at Veracruz in 1862 but were soon plagued by malaria and yellow fever. The British and Spanish left in April but France declared its intention to pacify Mexico and gradually extended its control, French forces rising to a maximum strength of 38,000 men. Maximilian was installed as Emperor in 1864 but the end of the American civil war and a growing German threat in Europe shifted the balance towards the Mexican Republicans and on 22 January 1866 Napoleon III announced the withdrawal of French forces. Maximilian was taken prisoner on 15 May 1867 and executed a month later. Mexico City surrendered to the Republicans on 19 June 1867. The French had lost 7,000 dead, of whom 5,000 were from disease.

30.4mm / 16.51g

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