Medal Statue de Desaix, 'Statue of Desaix', Issued by France, 1810
Artists: Bertrand Andrieu and Nicholas Guy Antoine Brenet
Minted by Paris Mint

Obverse Description

Laureate head facing right; around, NAPOLEON EMP. ET ROI.; on neck truncation, ANDRIEU F.

Reverse Description

A full length figure naked except for a chlamys which is clasped at his right shoulder to his swordbelt, which suspends a scabbard at his left side, and thrown over his left arm, which is extended pointing to the right; his right hand rests on a sword the point of which rests on the ground; on the right, the French eagle-standard; on the ground behind him, the head of Memnon; on his left, Cleopatra's Needle; at sides near rim at the exergue line, BRENET F. DENON D.; in exergue, A DESAIX / XV AOUT MDCCCX

Edge Description



"The government of France decreed, that a statue should be erected to the honour of General Desaix, who fell mortally wounded in the moment of victory, at the battle of Marengo." Laskey p. 189

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