Medal: France Napoleonic (Marie Louise Josephine) 1797 to 1815
It is clear, Gloria, that you have a Napoleonic medal of some type.
Marie was Napoleon's second wife, although the imperial wedding was in 1810, not 1801. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue about such matters.
The wings, loincloth, asps, and rooster are all symbology used widely on French coins, even to this day. However, after an thorough search I could not locate Gloria B's medal online. Graciously, she sent a picture. Isn't it a beauty?.
Gloria's piece does not have much wear, but the patina (the surface) carries some faint splotches and discolorations. Gloria's piece is worth between $200 and $300 US dollars retail, and about half that if selling to a dealer. Without the minor imperfections, another $100 could be added to the retail value.
, Genre: Medals
Requested by: Gloria B, Mon, 19-Oct-2009 04:59:41 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 14-Jul-2014 16:15:25 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 12-Jul-2016 19:20:40 GMT
Requester description: 1801 It looks like copper. On the obverse it shows a male with wings in a loin cloth holding a rose. There is a tiny chicken/rooster by his feet. Around the circumference it says: A Marie Louise Josephine. Across the bottom it says: 21 Prairial An 9. On the reverse it shows a large open book with a sword in front of it. There are two asps looking at each other at the top of the left side of the book. Around the circumference it reads: Au Roi D'etrurie. Across the bottom it reads: 10 Juin 1801.
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