Medal - Napoleon III (1852 - 70), CE 1869. 6202

obverse
Obverse: top center, bust left with FERDINAND/ DE LESSEPSscenes from bulding of the Suez Canal; in center, from left toright, a map of the canal; below, inscription in six linesLE CANAL MARITIME DE SUEZ CONSTRUIT PAR/ FERDINANDDE LESSEPS/ EST OUVERT A LA NAVIGATION UNIVERSELLELE 17 NOVEMBRE 1869/ NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR REGEANTEN FRANCE/ ABDUL-AZIS EMPEREUR REGNANT EN TURQUIE.Winged scarab at bottom and to lower left C. TROTIN
reverse
Reverse: at top, in three lines ISMAIL PREMIER/ INAUGURELE 17 NOVEMBRE 1869/ LE CANAL DON’T IL PROTÉGÉ L'EXECUTION; four lines in center SA MAJESTE'/ L' IMPERATRICE DES FRANCAIS/ ASSISTE/ A CETTE SOLENNITE.; at bottom, in three lines LE 30 NOV. 1853 LE CANAL MARITIMEDE SUEZ EST CONCEDE/ PAR MOHAMMED SAID PACHA VICE-ROI D'EGYPTE A/ FERDINAND DE LESSEPS
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