- Museum number
Pewter medal. (whole)
French eagle carrying a thunderbolt flying to the French coast from Elba, Temple of Janus with broken door to left. (obverse)
Mercury flying left, carrying an inscribed scroll. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 40.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
Having spent nine months on Elba and being constantly informed of events in France and Italy, Napoleon left the island on the night of 26th February 1815; he landed near Antibes at the head of 1,000 men and marched for Paris.
One of Mudie's National Medals (see Brown 1 p256.1057) issued in 1820. Examples of this medal are believed to have been struck in gold but no specimen has been met with. See also note to Brown 1 p192.796.
Bibliography: Fiala, E. 'Münzen und Medaillen der Welfischen Lande', Prague, 1915, 480; Mudie, James. 'An historical and critical account of a grand series of National Medals', London, 1820, 32.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Flight of Napoleon from Elba, 1815
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Bank of England loaned their Collection to the British Museum in 1865 wishing to make it accessible to the general public. This remained as a separate Collection until 1877 when the Bank Directors decided it would be more useful to the museum and the public if incorporated into the national collection. The Bank of England collection was therefore presented to the British Museum in 1877, any duplicates being sold to create a coins and medals purchase fund.
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (208) (869)