Medal of Merit for Tai-Ping Rebellion, in Gold
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This medal was conferred upon foreign soldiers in recognition of service in the Taiping Rebellion from 1850 to 1864. It was primarily awarded to French soldiers.
There were approximately 20-40 gold medals and 100-400 silver medals manufactured in China.
The reverse Chinese characters translate to "Military", "Merit", "Praise", and "Sign".
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