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Medal in Memory of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (Medaglia a Ricordo di Camillo Benso, conte di Cavour), 1861, miniature
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Medal in Memory of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (Medaglia a Ricordo di Camillo Benso, conte di Cavour), 1861, miniature
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Small miniature circular gilt medal with eyelet for suspension; the face with the head of Camillo Paolo Filippo Giulio Benso, Count of Cavour, of Cellarengo and Isola Bella, usually known as the Count of Cavour or simply ‘Cavour’ facing right, circumscribed ‘LE COMTE DE CAVOUR’; the reverse inscribed ‘NÉ A TURIN / LE 12 AOUT 1812 / MORT A TURIN / LE 6 JUIN 1861’ (Born at Turin 12 August 1812, died at Turin 6 June 1861); diameter 12.96mm (0.51 inch). Cavour was in fact born in Turin on 10 August 1810 (and not as stated on the reverse of the medal) into an affluent landed family. He was a minister in the government of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1850 to 1852, head of the Sardinian government from 1852 to 1859 and again from 1860 to 1861. His diplomacy was crucial in persuading France to side with Sardinia against Austria in the war of 1859 that led to the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy in 1861 and Cavour became the first President of the Council of Ministers, in which role he died on 6 June 1861. Cavour was a leading advocate of the Risorgimento (Italian unification) and an enlightened liberal in political, economic and religious matters. He is deeply respected to this day for these qualities and for his achievements. The Medal was made in France at that time.

 
Medal in Memory of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (Medaglia a Ricordo di Camillo Benso, conte di Cavour), 1861, miniature
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