Medal Cast Alliance avec la Saxe, Alliance with Saxony, Issued by France & Prussia,1806
Artist: Bertrand Andrieu
Minted by Paris Mint
Obverse and reverse joined along edge
Conjoined heads of Napoleon, laureate, and Charlemagne, crowned; at left, NAPOLEON . EMP.; at right, CHARLEMAGNE. EMP.; below, AN M.DCCC.VI.; on head truncation, ANDREIU. F.; below in small lettering, DENON DIR.
Conjoined heads of Fredrick August and Vitikind, crowned; at left, VITIKIND. R.S.; at right, FREDERIC. AUG. R.S.; below, AN M.DCCC.VI.; on head truncation, ANDREIU. F.; below in small lettering, DENON DIR.
"Napoleon here identifies himself with Charlemagne, and Frederick Augustus is made to assimilate with Wittekind, the celebrated chief of the Saxons, who for thirty years contended against all the power of Charlemagne; and who, after his final submission to that conqueror, still retained large territorial possessions, together with the ducal title.
On the alliance of the Elector of Saxony with Napoleon, he gained, in addition to the royal title of King, the title of Duke of Warsaw, also large domains taken from Prussia and Germany, which were added to his former states." Laskey p.132
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
30 g (Weight)
cf Laskey LXXVIII Chitty p.42
[Book] Laskey, J. C. Medals Struck at the National Medal Mint by Order of Napoleon Bonaparte., 132 Pages