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1840 Translation aux Invalides du corps de Napoléon, France.

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Curious medal. It is hard to make out the reverse. I went to the Bramsen site but it was not clearer. Are those people trudging uphill or are they trees? Are the wavy lines foot tracks or roots?


Nice image of the Emperor, of course. In heraldy is there any special meaning to facing left versus facing right? Is he facing left because he is dead?


The Napoleonic Era is a fascinating avocation. The man and his moment are both still vigorously debated.

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I love the little collector's notes around the inside lip of the case! Mike did you click on the link to get to the larger pics of the medal? Also the pictures themselves link to a 1200 x 1200mm picture.

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Wow, in the first pic, I couldn't tell what the scene was. The second pic of the medal, frank's, is toned in a way that brings out the scene. The grave is only a secondary element. The surrounding area, the resigned guard, and the countryside are the real stars of the design.

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