Medal, St Helena

A French St Helena Medal (Médaille de Ste. Hélène.) The obverse of the bronze medal features a right facing profile of Emperor Napoleon I. " NAPOLEON I EMPEREUR " is marked around the outside. "Campagnes de 1792 a 1815. A Ses Compagnons de Gloire sa Derniere Pensee Ste. Helene 5 Mai 1821" is marked on the reverse. The medal is surmounted by a crown and encircled with a wreath. The medal is attached to a dark green ribbon with thin vertical orange stripes by a simple suspension ring.
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Medals like this one were instituted in 1857 by Napoleon III for issue to surviving soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte's "Grande Armee" whoserved between 1792 and 1815. This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of a large collection made by the prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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