China Expedition Medal, Miniature Silver Medal (unstamped)
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The China Expedition Medal was created by the decree of January 23, 1861 and was awarded to all those who participated in the Expedition from 1857-1860. An estimated 18700 Medals were produced by the Monnaie de Paris in 1861.
The obverse inscription translates to “Napoleon III Emperor,” and the reverse inscription translates to “China Expedition 1860, Ta-kou, Chang-Kiawan, Pa-Li-Kao, Pe-King.” The ribbon has “PE-KING” in Chinese characters embroidered in blue thread.
There are many versions of Medal and the following variables may be encountered: engraving; manufacturer; composition; size; thickness; personalized engraving.
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