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Medal for Victory at Solferino, 1859, miniature
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Medal for Victory at Solferino, 1859, miniature
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Small miniature circular bronze medal with eyelet for suspension; the face with the head of Emperor Napoleon III facing right, circumscribed ‘NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR’; the reverse inscribed ‘VICTOIRE / DE SOLFERINO / GAGNÉE / LE 24 JUIN / 1859’ (Victory of Solferino won 24 June 1859) within a laurel wreath; diameter 12.99mm (0.51 inch); without ribbon. The medal was produced in Paris following the victory of the French Imperial and Piedmontese armies over those of the Austrian Empire at Solferino, last of a series of battles that led to the secession of Lombardy to Sardinia and the formation of the Kingdom of Italy. A version of the medal was also produced bearing the head of King Vittorio Emanuele II. An interesting small piece of history.

 
Medal for Victory at Solferino, 1859, miniature
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