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Medal - Organization of Public Instruction, Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor Napoleon I), France, 1802 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34163

Medal Organization of Public Instruction, Issued by France, 1802
Artist: Bertrand Andrieu
Minted by Paris Mint
Statement Of Significance:
"The policy of Napoleon... extended not only to the souls, but also to the minds of his new subjects, and he adopted a comprehensive, but completely military system of education throughout his dominions, by the establishment of public schools, to which all parents were obliged to send their children, and where they were not only to be taught what the first Consul directed, but also to be brought up under such a system of regularity and subordination, as to make them soldiers in manner and in principle, almost from their earliest infancy. By these means he foresaw that he was certain of having a new race of soldiers; for being brought up with an evident reference to that profession, and means being likewise taken to check internal commerce and manufacture, which was the fact, notwithstanding all his boasted decrees, the young men had no employment, and the necessity of finding support being thus added to the natural love of action in young minds, it is not surprising that his ranks should always have been so rapidly filled, particularly when aided by the severe laws of Conscription." Laskey p. 55-56, published in 1818
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 41 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: napoleon bonaparte
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: napoleonic
Series: Napoleon Bonaparte
DateEra: 1802 AD
Obverse Description: Bare head on Bonaparte facing right, below in small letters, ANDRIEU
Reverse Description: Youth seated to left on plinth engaged in study with a box of scrolls at his feet; in front, a palm branch and above his head a star; in exergue, L'AN IV DE BONAPARTE / L INSTRUCTION PUB EST / ORGANISEE; on plinth, DENON/DIREXIT/ANDRIEU/FECIT
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Napoleon Bonaparte, France, 1802
Artist: Bertrand Andrieu, France, 1802
Mint: Paris (Mint), France, 1802
References: Chitty p.32
Laskey XXV
  1. [Book], Captain J. Laskey, Medals Struck at the National Medal Mint by Order of Napoleon Bonaparte, London, 55 Pages

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