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Belgian Coin as part of Russian History

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Recently I bought very nice Leopold I 5 Francs 1851.

His Wiki portrait looked like one of portraits of Russian Heroes of Napoleonic wars.

 

His Wiki biography is very interesting.

In 1795, as a mere child, Leopold was appointed colonel of the Izmaylovsky Guards Regiment in Russia. Seven years later, he became a major general. When Napoleonic troops occupied the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg in 1806 Leopold went to Paris. Emperor Napoléon I offered him the position of adjutant, but he refused. Instead, he took up a military career in the Imperial Russian Cavalry. He campaigned against Napoléon and distinguished himself at the Battle of Kulm at the head of his cuirassier division. He received Golden sword for his bravery at Leipzig. In 1815, at the age of 25, Leopold reached the rank of lieutenant general in the Imperial Russian Army.

He became King Leopold I of Belgium in 1831.

 

Some generals deserve to become kings.

 

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Nice. Very interesting post. Thanks.

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Glad it seems like you are interested in collecting coins and enjoy digging deep for their historical significance. Thanks for sharing the Russian connect, I love history :)

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Recently I bought very nice Leopold I 5 Francs 1851.

His Wiki portrait looked like one of portraits of Russian Heroes of Napoleonic wars.

 

His Wiki biography is very interesting.

In 1795, as a mere child, Leopold was appointed colonel of the Izmaylovsky Guards Regiment in Russia. Seven years later, he became a major general. When Napoleonic troops occupied the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg in 1806 Leopold went to Paris. Emperor Napoléon I offered him the position of adjutant, but he refused. Instead, he took up a military career in the Imperial Russian Cavalry. He campaigned against Napoléon and distinguished himself at the Battle of Kulm at the head of his cuirassier division. He received Golden sword for his bravery at Leipzig. In 1815, at the age of 25, Leopold reached the rank of lieutenant general in the Imperial Russian Army.

He became King Leopold I of Belgium in 1831.

 

Some generals deserve to become kings.

 

nice history and nice way to tell it .... by the way the imperial russian army, at that time, was really a prestigious entity ....

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Neat - though you have to wonder if he had been born to an average family, if he would had been able to achieve anything.

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