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ARC DE TRIOMPHE. Medal for the Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe (Medaille de l’Inauguration de l’Arc de Triomphe), 1836, by Jean-Pierre Montagny
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ARC DE TRIOMPHE.  Medal for the Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe (Medaille de l’Inauguration de l’Arc de Triomphe), 1836, by Jean-Pierre Montagny
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Circular bronze medal; the face with the laurel crowned heads of Emperor Napoleon I, left and facing right and King Louis Philippe I, right and facing left, dated below ‘1806’ and ‘1836’ respectively, circumscribed above ‘DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE’ (God protect France), signed ‘MONTAGNY F.’ at the base (for Jean-Pierre Montagny, 1789-1862, a leading engraver at the Monnaie de Paris, responsible for many coins and medals); the reverse with a view of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Paris, circumscribed ‘A L’ARMÉE FRANÇAISE’ (to the French Army) and inscribed below ‘HAUTEUR 139 PIEDS / LARGEUR 141 PIEDS’ (height 139 feet, width 141 feet); diameter 25.71mm (1.01 inches); crudely pierced for suspension. The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon I after his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz and construction began on 15 August 1806. It was not completed, however, until 29 July 1836 when it was dedicated to the French Army. The height in modern measurement is in fact 164 feet (50 metres) and the width 148 feet (45 metres).

 
ARC DE TRIOMPHE.  Medal for the Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe (Medaille de l’Inauguration de l’Arc de Triomphe), 1836, by Jean-Pierre Montagny
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ARC DE TRIOMPHE.  Medal for the Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe (Medaille de l’Inauguration de l’Arc de Triomphe), 1836, by Jean-Pierre Montagny
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ARC DE TRIOMPHE.  Medal for the Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe (Medaille de l’Inauguration de l’Arc de Triomphe), 1836, by Jean-Pierre Montagny
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