France, Napoleon I Bonaparte. Bronze medal, celebration of the Galerie d'Apollon at the Musée Napoléon (Louvre), 1804
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France, Napoleon I Bonaparte. Bronze medal commemorating the celebration of the Galerie d'Apollon at the Musée Napoléon (Louvre), 1804, by Andrieu, Denon, Bramsen 370, Julius 1319, Essling 1046 , Zeitz 31, Bronze 34 mm, weight 20,10 g., Condition aUNC, nice brown patina with luster, locally dark tarnish. A medal that is sure to catch the attention of any collector of Napoleonic medals.
The Galerie d'Apollon is a large and iconic room of the Louvre Palace, on the first (upper) floor of a wing known as the Petite Galerie. Its current setup was first designed in the 1660s. It has been part of the Louvre Museum since the 1790s, was completed under the lead of Félix Duban in the mid-19th century, and has housed the museum's collection of the French Crown Jewels since 1887. As part of the Louvre, the Galerie d'Apollon is both a national and World Heritage Site. It was comprehensively renovated between 2001 and 2004, and again cleaned up in 2019. source: wikipedia.org
It was in this gallery that on May 18, 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was declared Emperor of the French by the Sénatus-Consult. Like his uncle 48 years earlier, it was in this same gallery that Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor of the French on November 7, 1852.