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Medal - Capitulation of Mantua, Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor Napoleon I), France, 1797 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34135

Medal Capitulation of Mantua, Issued by Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I), France, 1797
Artist: E. Gatteaux
Minted by Paris Mint (struck in 1807)
Statement Of Significance:
Virgil is featured on this medal as he was born near Mantua. The Mural Crown on the reverse refers to the city, and the swan is thought to refer again to Virgil. The fall of Mantua after a siege that lasted from 3 June 1796 to 30 Jan 1797, ended the French conquest of northern Italy. Bonaparte reportedly took many art treasures kept in the churches, libraries and museums of Mantua as 'compensation' for the cost of the war.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 35 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: Historical
DateEra: 1797 AD
Obverse Description: Head of the ancient Latin poet Virgil facing right; around, VIRGILIUS MARO.; on neck truncation, E. GATTEAUX F.; below, DENON DT
Reverse Description: Mural Crown above a swan; around, CAPITULATION DE MANTOUE XXX JANVIER MDCCXCVII.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Napoleon Bonaparte, Mantua, France, 1797
Artist: Jaques Gatteaux, France, 1807
Person Depicted: Publius Virgil, France, 1807
References: Hennin 781
Chitty p.27

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