France. Napoleon I, Silver medal commemorating the marriage of the Grand Duke of Baden, 1806
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France. Napoleon I, Silver medal commemorating the marriage of the Grand Duke of Baden to Stephanie de Beauharnais ,,Princesse Française", 1806, by Andrieu, Paris Mint, Bramsen 522, Silver 41 mm , weight 35,41 g., Condition XF-, minor scratches in the background, beautiful multi-color patina.
A very nice silver medal, a real gem in the collection of any enthusiast of the French Emperor.
On December 13, 1779 Alexandre, Vicomte de Beauharnais married to Joséphine Tascher de la Pagerie. On July 23, 1794, Alexandre was guillotined and on March 9, 1796 Joséphine married married Napoleon Bonaparte.Napoléon now became second cousin of Stephanie. Her "uncle" became Emperor of the French on December 2, 1804. As a prominent member of the new Imperial Family, Stephanie held residence in the Tuileries Palace. As a consequence of Napoleon's effort to secure an alliance with the Prince-elector of Baden a marriage between the descendants of the two sovereigns, connecting the two dynasties was arranged. The Prince-Elector was to be represented by his grandson. Napoleon on the other hand lacked legitimate descendants of his own so he adopted Stephanie and named her "Princesse Française". The marriage took place in Paris on April 8, 1806. By most accounts the arranged marriage was not particularly successful. Her husband was determined to continue living as a bachelor. He set residence in Karlsruhe. She was allowed to settle separately in Mannheim. Even the official complaints by the Emperor did not resolve this situation. For a fuller account see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_de_Beauharnais