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Medal of Ste. Helene

Medal of Ste. Helene
The Medal of Ste. Helene was issued in 1857 by Napoleon III (the grandson of Josephine and nephew to Napoleon I). It was awarded to surviving soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte’s who served between 1792 and 1815. It is said that on his deathbed Napoleon’s last thoughts were for his “sons”, his soldiers who faithfully served him; an inscription on the reverse side of the medal says “A ses compagnons de Gloire – sa Derniere Pensée – Ste. Helene – 5 Mai 1821”, translated it reads, “to his companions in glory, his last thoughts” . It is believed that somewhere between 390,000 and 405,000 were issued.

 

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