ITALY/Napoleon 1804-1814/15 "Kindom of Italy"
C1.2 1811-M (Milano mint) AE Centesimo
O: NAPOLEONE IMPERATORE E RE/1811
R: REGNO D'ITALIA/CENTESIMO/M
not a very attractive example, but one I acquired in August 1979 and haven't thought much about since. Though, recently I've been reading about J. F. Champollion and his times, his support of Napoleon and internal exile after the Bourbon restoration so I retrieved this piece from my collection of world coins and post it for those who may also share interest in this particular historical figure or the period. Also, Napoleon's been in the news again as a result of the bicentennial last week of the Battle of Waterloo and a minor kerfluffle with France over the Belgians issuing of a 2.50 Euro coin to commemorate it.
For some perspective on the year that this coin was minted, Wellington defeated the French at Fuentes d'Onoro and Albuhera in Portugal and Napoleon's son was born and named "King of Rome" in 1811.
Posted by JG at 07:31