Napoleon Bonaparte was notable for his slight stature, but a new coin
from the Pobjoy Mint aims to give the French leader a boost in size.
The Pobjoy Mint
is issuing two high relief 1-crown coins the name of Ascension Island
featuring Napoleon Bonaparte. The coin is being issued to mark the
Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
One version is offered in Proof .999 fine silver, and the other is
offered in Proof .9999 fine gold.
The reverses of the coins share a design based a well-known portrait
of Napoleon seated upon a rearing horse. The reverses are produced in
The obverses of the coins carry an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by
Napoleon Bonaparte, also known as Napoleon I, was a French military
leader and emperor who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th
century. Born on the island of Corsica, Napoleon rose quickly through
the military ranks during the French Revolution. After seizing
political power in France in 1799, he crowned himself Emperor in 1804.
Ambitious, shrewd and a skilled military strategist, he successfully
waged war against various coalitions of European nations and expanded
his empire. However, after a disastrous French invasion of Russia in
1812, Napoleon abdicated the throne two years later and was exiled to
the island of Elba.
In February 1815, after less than a year in exile, Napoleon escaped
Elba and sailed to France with a group of supporters. In March he
returned to Paris where he was welcomed by cheering crowds. Louis
XVIII fled and Napoleon began what became known as his Hundred Days campaign.
Upon his return to France, a coalition of allies (Austrians,
British, Prussians and Russians), who considered the French Emperor an
enemy began to prepare for war.
Napoleon raised a new army and planned to strike before the allies
could launch a united attack against him. In June 1815, Napoleon’s
forces invaded Belgium, where British and Prussian troops were
stationed. Napoleon’s troops defeated the Prussians at the Battle of
Ligny but two days later, on June 18, 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo,
the French were crushed by the British with assistance from the
Prussians. On June 22, 1815, Napoleon was once again forced to abdicate.
In October 1815, Napoleon was exiled to the remote, British-held island of St. Helena (which at the time was part
of the British Overseas Territory that included Ascension Island).
The Proof silver coin weighs 31.103 grams and measures 38.6
millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of 1,815 pieces and
retails for $159 U.S.
The Proof high relief gold version is being marketed exclusively by
Asset Marketing Services LLC, which operates www.govmint.com,
in the United States.
The gold coin weighs 31.103 grams, measures 32.7 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 500 coins. Pricing information is
not yet available.
To order the silver coin, visit the Pobjoy website.
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