Medal Capitulation of Mantua, Issued by
Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I), France, 1797
Minted by Paris Mint .42,5mm ,28,12 g.
Obverse Description: The personification of Mantuawearing a mural crown standing
facing left presents the city key to a Roman soldier wearing a Corinthian helmet
and holding a shield and spear; in the background, an aqueduct leading to the
city walls; in exergue, REDDITION DE MANTOUE; the artist's name, LAVY, at right
of exergue line
Reverse Description: At top, a closed wreath; below wreath A L'ARMEE D'ITALIE /
VICTORIEUSE; below , a thunderboltemiting lightnuing; below, LOI / DU 24 .
PLUVIOSE / AN 5ME. R.
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.
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