DESCRIPTION______ This reproduction of the bronze medal by Andrieu commemorates the battle of Austerlitz, also called THE BATTLE OF THE THREE EMPERORS (Dec. 2, 1805), the first engagement of the War of the Third Coalition and one of Napoleon's greatest victories. His 68,000 troops defeated almost 90,000 Russians and Austrians. The medal shows the busts of Napoleon, Emperor of France; Alexander, Emperor of Russia; and Francis, Emperor of Austria. The diameter is 40mm.
Bertrand Andrieu (November 4, 1761 – December 10, 1822) was a French engraver of medals from Bordeaux. In France he was considered as the restorer of the art, which had declined after the time of Louis XIV, and during the last twenty years of his life the French government commissiond him to undertake several works. Many of his medals are figured in the Medallic History of Napoleon.
I do not know the origin of this reproduction except that it is from the estate of my late father in law whose French Canadian family lived in St. Louis in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It is possible that it is a souvenir from the 1904 Worlds Fair which would have been near the 100th anniversary of the striking of the original coin. (This is only conjecture on my part).
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