|Lot 683. France. Napoleon I. 1805. Æ medal (40 mm, 33.47 g, 12 h). Venice Restored to Italy. By Jean-Bertrand Andrieu. NAPOLEON EMP. ET ROI., laureate head of Napoleon I right; ANDRIEU F. on neck truncation / VENISE RENDUE / A L'ITALIE / XXVI. DÉCEMBRE / MDCCCV. in four lines in exergue, view of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal of Venice; above, a small gondola between a dolphin and a hydrus (water serpent), representing the Adriatic and the canals of Venice; in small lettering below the exergual line, BRENET F. - DENON D.. Bramsen 460; Julius 1471. Tan-brown patina. Superb extremely fine. |
The reverse design refers to the the 1805 Treaty of Pressburg, where Austria ceded Venice to the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy.
Estimate: US$ 200