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fme_501067 - SECOND EMPIRE Médaille, Visite de Napoléon III à Victoria

SECOND EMPIRE Médaille, Visite de Napoléon III à Victoria AU
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Type : Médaille, Visite de Napoléon III à Victoria
Date: 1855
Mint name / Town : France et Angleterre
Metal : tin
Diameter : 38,5 mm
Engraver ALLEN & MOORE - Birmingham
Weight : 15,96 g.
Edge : lisse
Puncheon : sans poinçon
Coments on the condition:
Patine hétérogène avec des restes de brillant de frappe. Usure sur les points hauts des motifs

Obverse


Obverse legend : NAPOLÉON - VICTORIA.
Obverse description : Une Victoire ailée soutenant deux médaillons avec les têtes affrontées de Napoléon III et de la reine Victoria ; au-dessous, un écu avec l’aigle impérial et un autre aux armes anglaises.

Reverse


Reverse legend : THE VISIT OF THE EMPEROR NAPOLÉON III TO QUEEN VITORIA - APRIL 1855.
Reverse description : Deux drapeaux enlacés entre une branche de auriers et un palme ; légende autour.

Commentary


Il est intéressant de noter les similitudes avec cet avers issu des ateliers Allen & Moore de Birmingham et l’avers de la médaille de Barre fme_412148

Du 16 au 22 avril 1855, Napoléon III et Eugénie séjournent en Angleterre. Ils sont reçus au château de Windsor le 18 avril. Cette visite est un grand succès diplomatique. Le 18 août, Victoria et Albert de Saxe-Cobourg arrivent à Boulogne-sur-Mer. Aucun souverain anglais n’était venu en France depuis le XVe siècle. L’Exposition universelle se tient en même temps à Paris. Le couple royal repart le 27 août après plusieurs visites et célébrations.

Historical background


SECOND EMPIRE

(2/12/1852-4/09/1870)

Proclaimed emperor under the name of Napoleon III, Louis Napoleon made his solemn entry into Paris December 2, 1852. He married Marie Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish aristocrat, in January 1853. His reign can be divided into three periods: the authoritarian Empire until 1860, the Liberal Empire from 1860 to 1870 and the Parliamentary Empire in 1870. During the authoritarian Empire, Napoleon III exerts its unchallenged power, control the press while newspapers practice self-censorship to avoid deletion. Prefects exercise unlimited power in the departments, mayors, civil servants are appointed by the government. As under the First Empire, Education and the University are monitored. Now the main principles of the revolution, the people's sovereignty is continued through consultation by plebiscite. On the economic front, the growth is important, industrialization develops and credit agencies and department stores. Military prestige is enhanced by the Crimean War that allows France to play an international role. The attack Orsini (January 1858) does not preclude the France to intervene in Italy to overcome the principle of nationalities and allows the annexation of Nice and Savoy by the Treaty of Turin (March 1860). In 1860, the Empire is moving towards more freedoms: free trade treaty of commerce with England, the appearance of a weak opposition in the Legislature, granting the right to strike (1864), liberalization of the press (1868). On the international level, France acquires New Caledonia, Cochin and encourages digging of the Suez Canal by Ferdinand de Lesseps. Mexico, support for Maximilian and Austria, however, is a failure. The elections of 1869 are very bad for the regime and the opposition gets 45% of votes. The system then evolves towards a parliamentary Empire calling Émile Ollivier, chief Orléanist and Liberal party in power. After Sadowa in 1866 when Prussia crushed Austria, the case of the throne of Spain and the Ems telegram lead to war was declared July 19, 1870. Accumulating setbacks, the French army was surrounded in Metz and Napoleon III, sick, capitulated at Sedan on September 2. As soon as the news was known, the decay of the Empire is announced by Gambetta and the Republic was proclaimed on September 4. Napoleon III was then taken captive in Hesse and share in Kent, where he died in 1873.

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